Santa Claus Dennis Hargrove of Lubbock walks on a rooftop of a Lubbock home Monday evening. With his real white beard and years of experience of working with children as a school principal, Hargrove spends several weeks during the holiday season donning a red suit and black boots in his portrayal of St. Nick. (Photo by Geoffrey McAllister/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal)
Dennis Hargrove of Lubbock describes how children often act when they meet him for the first time. When asked if he is really Santa Clause, Hargrove tells them to pull on his beard. (Photo by Geoffrey McAllister/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal)
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Children often ask Dennis Hargrove if he is the real Santa Claus, and with a snow-white beard and jolly disposition, it could be difficult to tell.
"It could be me dressed up as Santa Claus or Santa Claus dressed up as me, so you better behave yourself," Hargrove tells the children.
The former Lubbock Independent School District principal spends about five weeks every year in the boots and red-and-white fur-trimmed suit, reading stories to children and handing out candy canes from Thanksgiving until the day after Christmas...(Continue reading the related article: With his natural Santa look, former educator portrays jolly elf every year)