Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Back in England for Christmas and mostly relaxing rather than meeting strangers for dinner — although I tentatively have one last dinner for 2015 coming up next week.

In the meantime, here’s a festive throwback Tuesday to that time in December 2011 when I met Ed Downey for a meal in Silver Spring, Maryland. He told me about his decades-long career working as Santa Claus. Ed started growing his beard (it’s real) in the 1960s, but it wasn’t until the 1980s when he started a second life as Father Christmas.

But as I learned during our lengthy dinner, Ed has an incredibly interesting history involving travels across the world and much more. It made for a fascinating tale covering not only his Yuletide work but much, much more.

Click on the picture above or on this link to learn about Ed’s life.

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