Christmas Special: A half century donning the suit


Sydney Yalshevec

Richard "Rich" Elliott, right, of Kimball, portrays Santa in this year's Shop with a Cop program. He has portrayed Santa in the Kimball area since the mid-1960s.

Portraying Santa Claus has been a longtime tradition for Richard "Rich" Elliott of Kimball.

The 79-year old began his time as Santa in the mid-1960s and has portrayed him ever since. This year, he was Santa for Shop with a Cop and also at the Main Street Market open house.

"I enjoyed it," Elliott said. "I love kids, and I never lied to any of them. I never told them I would give them such and such, and this and that. Now, sometimes a mother would come up to me before the kids and say something about what they were going to get, and if they asked for them, tell them, 'Yeah, we might be able...

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