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December 20, 2012

Mrs. Claus plays important role in holiday season

“Behind every great man there is a great woman.”

Even the magical Santa Claus needs help making the holiday season go without flaws. Yes, he has the elves at the North Pole working on toys for all the good little boys and girls, but Mrs. Claus does not just sit home tending the house.

On Nov. 23, Santa and his wife arrived in Cooperstown and have since taken up residence in their Pioneer Park cottage. According to Mrs. Claus, she also travels all around the world, just not all in one night.

Mrs. Claus said she not only visits local places such as schools, Pathfinder Village and nursing homes, but travels to schools all over the world for programs.

“I typically tell the children the story about how Saint Nicholas came to America and eventually became Santa,” she said.

The lady in red said it is her job to look after the elves and help the children warm up to Santa.

“Sometimes I’m not as scary as Santa,” Mrs. Claus said. “I have a group, especially made up of girls, that I guess I would call Mrs. Claus groupies.”

“Some children are a little shy,” she added. “Sometimes it is really hard for them to open up when they have been spending a really long time dreaming of Santa.”

Mrs. Claus said she uses pop-up books and Belle the dog to help children come out of their shells.

“All the little girls think she is Princess Belle,” she said referring to the dog sitting in the warm cottage.

Mrs. Claus holds storytime sessions each year for children.

“When Santa and I are not very busy, we will often read a story with families that come visit,”she said.

Mrs. Claus said some locals borrow books to show to their friends and some children bring their favorites to read to her and Santa.

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