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60-year tradition



Rockdale’s favorite Santa is back again this Christmas season laughing well into the night at the Glenda Wiley home, 1504 Pecos, across the street from the Richards Memorial Hospital emergency room. This Santa started out as a window display in Rockdale’s old Western Auto store, downtown in the mid-1950s. Every year since 1977, Wiley has displayed him. “I’ve had to make him, and the elves, three sets of clothes in that time,” she said. Most recently Carey Offield has rebuilt much of the 60-year-old mechanism which keeps Santa going. “There are no parts any more,” Wiley said. Children often get out of cars to approach the animated Santa, who shakes with laughter as an elf “tickles” his foot. “A lot of them stop because you don’t realize how big he is until you get close,” she laughed. 
Reporter/Mike Brown Rockdale’s favorite Santa is back again this Christmas season laughing well into the night at the Glenda Wiley home, 1504 Pecos, across the street from the Richards Memorial Hospital emergency room. This Santa started out as a window display in Rockdale’s old Western Auto store, downtown in the mid-1950s. Every year since 1977, Wiley has displayed him. “I’ve had to make him, and the elves, three sets of clothes in that time,” she said. Most recently Carey Offield has rebuilt much of the 60-year-old mechanism which keeps Santa going. “There are no parts any more,” Wiley said. Children often get out of cars to approach the animated Santa, who shakes with laughter as an elf “tickles” his foot. “A lot of them stop because you don’t realize how big he is until you get close,” she laughed. Reporter/Mike Brown

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