Santa on his knees

A Virginia man has been playing Santa for more than 60 years, but 78-year-old John Buckreis’ portrayal at a local garden center is aimed at bringing people back to the real meaning of Christmas. He kneels in prayer before statues of the Holy Family and leads youngsters in singing “Silent Night” and “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful,” as well as more secular Christmas tunes. Gretchen R. Crowe of the Arlington Catholic Herald tells his story here.

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