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Santa Claus is Real

Santa Claus is an extremely busy man this time of year, what with corporate and TV appearances, meeting children at schools, public and private parties (which he charges big time for), and hospital visits (which are free). But Claus took some time to talk to Elizabeth Segran at Fast Company.

If you’re wondering why I’m referring to this bearded man in his sixties from Valley Stream, New York—not the North Pole—as Santa Claus, well, it's because Santa Claus is his legal name. (And no, he won't give up his given name.) He officially changed it two years ago. "I was having a difficult time convincing kids that I was the real deal," Santa tells me. "Kids would be confused and upset, asking me where my sleigh and reindeer were when they saw me leaving the party in my pickup truck. I needed to convince them that I was really Santa Claus, so now I can pull out my driver’s license or my insurance card and it says right there: Santa Claus."

Claus talks about the strange events that led him to become Santa Claus, how his December schedule is going, and what he does the rest of the year. -via Digg

(Image credit: Valerie Lapinski for Fast Company)

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