Dave Stoufer tells stories about listening to kid's gift wishes, having his beard pulled, and other funny and heartfelt moments over his 40 years as Santa's helper. Stoufer has also recently written his memoirs with Santa stories.
St. Nicholas Day takes place on December 6th. It’s a day when the aforementioned saint brings gifts to good girls and boys. Americans have a similar tradition, but instead of St. Nicholas a character named Santa Claus delivers the presents on Christmas Eve. Today on River to River, we speak with historian Bruce David Forbes of Morningside College and author of Christmas: A Candid History. We discuss how St. Nicholas crossed the Atlantic to become Santa Claus. Also, we talk to a modern day Santa Claus of sorts, Mary Sauter, the “Angel of Albia.”