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Mr. & Mrs. Claus

by Mary Jane McCall

Though the hours are long and the job is lap-numbing, for Highlands’ Santa and Mrs. Claus, it’s a labor of love.

It’s been said that people who give back don’t necessarily have the time for all they do, but they have the heart, and in the case of Highlands’ own Allan and Marti Dearth, aka Mr. and Mrs. Claus, this is certainly the case.

Owners of a thriving business, Allan Dearth and Sons Generators, they carve time out of their busy schedules every holiday season to spend countless hours bringing joy to children and families.

It’s mind-boggling how many volunteer hours these two donate, and they do it all with a twinkle in their eyes and love in their hearts. It’s all about keeping the magic and spirit of Christmas alive.

Beginning in November, their time is almost not their own anymore as they transform into Mr. and Mrs. Claus, scurrying about making certain that their costumes are in prime shape, the sleigh is polished (yes, they have a real sleigh!), and their research into the hottest toys of the season is done.

And then, the Thanksgiving weekend arrives and they hit the ground running.

Their appearances at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting, the Shop with a Cop fundraiser, the Christmas Parade, and their weekend appearances at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park for Photos with Santa are a huge part of what makes Christmas in Highlands so special. And folks, it’s not all that easy sitting for hours at a time, but you’d never know it by these two, who make each visit with Santa a moment to remember. No rushing allowed here, as they take the time to make sure each child is heard, and they do it with joy. The spirit of Christmas runs deep in these two.

They stress that it’s not all give and no take though, as they receive a lot of love and support from the children, the parents, our merchants and the entire community – all of whom embrace and appreciate their hard work and dedication. Highlands loves Santa and Mrs. Claus and that feeling is mutual.

This, my friends, is a match made in heaven, so when you see them on the street or in the park, give them a shout out. They make time because they have the heart.

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