There’s an Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas? Do they have a lobby?
Middletown mail carrier is dead ringer for Saint Nick
His transformation bears all the marks of Christmas magic.
As a U.S. Post Office mail carrier in Middletown for 37 years, he grows out his beard each winter.
Over the years, his beard got whiter and whiter, and — as it so often happens with such magic — children noticed first. The kids on his route started calling him Santa.
In 2006, a mail customer asked him to play Santa at their home, and there was an invitation to a neighbor's Christmas party. He bought a Santa suit, put on the red-and-white costume, and had his epiphany.
"It was magical. It really was," he says.
Read all of Heather Yakin’s story in the Times Herald-Record.