Extol Magazine

OCT-NOV 2016

Extol Magazine Celebrating Southern Indiana is a local publication that covers stories about businesses people places or events throughout the cities of New Albany Jeffersonville Clarksville Sellersburg and Louisville KY

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Santa Claus There is a common theme among the towns in Southern Indiana I have been fortunate to explore, and Santa Claus is no exception. Many embrace their past, some change with the times and others have an eye to the future. The common denominator in the towns of Southern Indiana is the collective spirit of their people. They are kind, proud of their towns, knowledgeable of their heritages and willing to share the spirit of home with visitors. In Santa Claus, Ind., the spirit of Christmas abounds. Aside from Holiday World, part of the fun of exploring Santa Claus is finding the Santas dotted all over the town. "Santa" is standing outside the grocery, sitting and posing for a selfie outside the post office, climbing the roof, reading a book outside the bank, overlooking the golf course, standing outside a hotel and waiting for a table to open up at Subway. But the best part is the people who keep the spirit of Santa Claus in their hearts year round, keeping traditions alive and spreading joy while feeding the spark of belief in children that visit, even if one of those children is a big (47-year-old) kid like me. You would think it would be difficult to get into the Christmas spirit in 90-degree heat, but stepping inside the Santa Claus Christmas Store instantly does the trick. I have been to ornament exchanges, tree decoration parties and given plenty of ornaments at the holidays. This store has something for every single person you know who celebrates Christmas. I was lucky to run into Santa at the Santa Claus Christmas Store as he held the sweetest conversation with three little sisters. I told him I had my eye on the Christmas Vacation figurine set and hope he gets it down my chimney unbroken. SANTA CLAUS CHRISTMAS STORE 33 Kringle Circle | 877.224.1772 www.santaclauschristmasstore.com explore Story & Photos By JD Dotson 10 EXTOL • OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2016

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