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Operation Santa Claus

At sunset on Christmas Eve for more than 50 years, members of the Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Company have suited up in Santa Claus costumes and commenced the annual tradition of personally visiting all of the homes in town that are occupied by children. Santa Claus would always leave a gift for each child, such as a fresh orange, candy cane, box of chocolate, a dollar bill, or a stuffed animal. In more recent years Mrs. Claus joined in the Christmas Eve fun. Unfortunately, the ongoing impacts of Hurricane Sandy will interrupt Operation Santa Claus this year.  Here are some photos from last year’s Operation Santa Claus. I also included links to Down By The Seaside posts from 2011 and 2010 that featured Christmas themes.

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Links to 2011 and 2010 Christmas posts:

http://seasideheightshistory.com/2011/12/24/operation-santa-claus-2/

http://seasideheightshistory.com/2010/12/24/christmas-1958/

http://seasideheightshistory.com/2010/12/19/operation-santa-claus/

http://seasideheightshistory.com/2010/12/19/bicentennial-year-christmas/

http://seasideheightshistory.com/2010/12/12/christmas-1945/

http://seasideheightshistory.com/2010/12/11/christmas-1943/

http://seasideheightshistory.com/2010/12/11/seaside-heights-school-christmas-show-1941/

http://seasideheightshistory.com/2010/12/11/christmas-1941/

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  1. Christina Oddo Spitzer

    I believe Operation Santa has been tradition for more than 60 years because I was born in Seaside in 1943 and I remember him coming to our house when I was very young. I haven’t been in Seaside for Christmas since about 1949 so it must have started before that. It is a wonderful tradition and I hope it continues next year.

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