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Video: Mall of America Hires Its 1st-Ever Black Santa

For the first time in its 24-year history, the nation’s biggest mall, Minnesota’s Mall of America, has hired an African-American man to portray Santa at its Christmas-themed photo exhibit. “This is a long time coming,” said Landon Luther, co-owner of the mall’s photo studio. “We want Santa to be for everyone, period.” Larry Jefferson, a retired Army veteran from Texas, was the only black Santa in attendance at a July reunion of Kris Kringle impersonators in Branson, Missouri, which is where Luther spotted and signed him. The Star Tribune reports that Santa Larry’s Christmas wish is to visit President Obama at the White House, although he says he’d settle for Trump.

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