We've all seen our share of cheesy mall Santas, but the read deal can be found every year at NorthPark Mall in Dallas. The legendary NorthPark Santa has it all -- a real beard, real white hair, and real jolliness -- a quiet, personal, looking-you-in-the-eye sort of jolly, not the big overblown, bellowing HO HO HO to the cameras sort of jolly.
No matter how you feel about the whole Santa thing, this fellow is worth seeing just as a work of cultural art.
His elves told me yesterday that every year, some teenagers will bring in albums with over a dozen years' worth of pictures with him, for him to sign. We may have to do that next year!