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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explore You cannot visit Santa Claus and not make a stop in Santa's Toys. This brand new shop immediately brought out the big kid in me as soon as I stepped in the door. There were updated versions of toys I had when I was a kid and amazing, modern toys that had me thinking "Where was this when I was a kid?!" The shop was full of games, stuffed animals, active toys, things that would appeal to a young scientist, artist, pirate or astronaut. There were educational toys and silly toys. I could've spent all day and realized a couple of thing: My goddaughter needs most everything in the store, and I need a higher paying job. There was so much fun stuff in this magical place, including a Swurfer surfboard swing that will be hanging in my backyard one day soon. The neon, liquid floor tiles right inside the door were pretty spectacular to see. The colors seem to glow and morph with your steps, and I imagine the wonder that would be felt by a kid crawling or stepping across the floor. They would provide hours of entertainment and exercise. I could barely drag myself off them, and when I did I found and became enamored of these weird, adorable Worry Eater dolls. The idea is to write or draw something that worries you and "feed" it to the doll, thereby letting the worry eater take your fear away. I love the strange creatures and am so in love with the idea of taking away my kid's worries one day when she's old enough to have them. Pretty sure I know a number of adults who would benefit from a Worry Eater, too. SANTA'S TOYS 3 N. Kringle Place | 812.937.6050 www.santastoys.net Sitting atop a hill – keeping a close watch over the church, the post office and the Santa Claus Museum – sits a 22-foot tall concrete statue of Santa dedicated to the children of the world and praising the joys of the pitter patter of little feet running across the floor. The Santa Claus Church, built in 1880, still contains most of the original furniture and was open for exploration. Small, but heavy on nostalgia and Santa Clausland memorabilia, the museum's Santa vignette with voiceover instantly took me back to a favorite photo of my mother and her siblings sitting on Santa's lap, quite possibly the same Santa depicted in the scene, Jim Yellig. The museum is full of artifacts and photographs depicting the evolution of the town from origin to the Santa Claus of today. The gem of the little village is the post office. The little room holds tiny school desks ready with pencil and paper and a mail slot to drop letters to Santa. Don't forget to ring the bells so the elves hear and come get your mail. This last year, volunteer elves replied to more than 22,000 letters in just 21 days all postmarked from Santa Claus, Ind., a (free!) tradition started in 1914. If you can't write a letter in person at the post office, but want a letter from Santa Claus, you can send a letter by December 21st with a legible return address to: Santa Claus, P.O. Box 1, Santa Claus, Ind. 47579 SANTA CLAUS MUSEUM AND VILLAGE 69 State Route 245 Santa Claus | 812.544.2434 www.santaclausmuseum.org 12 EXTOL • OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2016

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