My sister Marcia and Mini-me Once Upon A Christmastime.
Made many many SANTA CLAUS puppets through the years. My earliest ones have vanished into the ether, but when we settled into San Rafael, CA, the MARKO PUPPET THEATRE had a need for Mr. C, so I happily made a new one. Here he is, still enroute to full Ho-Ho-Hodom, with FROZEN ROSEN his main elf. That's Marin in the middle sitting on our favorite red traveling trunk, with the Marko star HAL LEWIS NATION propped up in front.
By 1975 I was living in Massachusetts, and produced a TV Christmas Special on the ABC affiliates. . .
(It was really 1975)
"SANTA IS THE MAN, HE'S THE MAN WHO CAN. SANTA IS THE ONE WHO BRINGS A SACK OF FUN OH! SANTA IS THE MAN!"
Me and JERRY LEWIS watching SANTA'S ELVES on the monitor. . .
We used him on several stage and media projects, and when our son was born, on our Christmas Cards as well. That's GABRIEL in the Dr. Dentons.
(HOMELAND SECURITY can be tough!)
Olga and I hope you and yours (with or without strings) have a wonder-filled holiday!