Lloyd Stites regretted having to dial back his Santa duties in 1989

Lloyd Stites depended on two strategies when playing Santa in Tecumseh, Michigan.

One was to wear mittens, covering up the missing parts of two fingers that he’d lost to a snowblower. The other was to tell the truth: His yellow truck–not reindeer–brought him to meet the kiddies.

Stites regretted having to dial back his Santa role in 1989, when I interviewed him for the Toledo Blade. Poor health forced him out of the game. But as you can see in the story, it may have save him some shoe leather.

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