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Black Santa Tradition Continues Thriving in South Seattle, Central District

by Susan Fried (words and photos)

The tradition of mirthful children sitting on Santa Claus’s lap for pictures started at the Frederick and Nelson’s downtown Seattle department store in the 1940s. 75 years later, the practice is now so ubiquitous, you can’t throw a rock during the holidays without hitting someone dressed as Jolly Saint Nick. Continue reading Black Santa Tradition Continues Thriving in South Seattle, Central District