It seems there’s a Santa Claus shortage in Weston, Idaho.
Weston Mayor Greg Garner said the little Idaho town needs about five Santa Clauses to continue a long-standing tradition. Every year on Christmas Eve, the town of 150 homes gets a visit from Jolly Old St. Nick. Suits, bags of candy and routes are provided. So far, they only have one man that agreed to fill the boots and red suit.
The gig also pays. Drivers get $40 and the Santa, for about 2 hours work, gets $75.
It’s pretty easy work. Santa enters the home, sits down and has the children sit on his knee. He asks the little ones what they want for Christmas, hands them the bag of candy and tells them to go to bed. Then he leaves.
Mayor Garner said that the tradition goes deep in Weston. It’s been going on as long as anyone can remember.
“My son is 35 years-old and he did it when he was a baby, so it has been going at least 35 years,” the mayor said. “Someone on the city council suggested that we stop the Santa tradition. That didn’t go over at all.”
Janie Vanshultz is the Weston City events coordinator and is the one who books all of the St. Nicks and coordinates the suits and routes.
“We would like the Santas dressed and ready Christmas Eve at Weston City Hall at 6 p.m.,” Vanshultz said. “We will hand out the bags of candy, give them their assignments and send them on their way.”
There are peanuts in the bag, donated by Texas Roadhouse, and the city council will have the bags filled and ready to go.
“We are accepting donations to help with our effort,” Vanshultz said. “There is a cost to what we are doing.”
To be a considered for a Weston Christmas Eve Santa, call Janie Vanshultz at 435-817-3606.