As Santa Claus jingled up the steps to the Richardson family’s
suburban Atlanta home on a chilly evening, two eager little faces
appeared behind the opened door to greet him.
A jovial “Merry Christmas!” emerged from the white beard of Andre
Parker, a professional Black Santa, as a boy and girl of the same
complexion screamed with excitement in their pajamas.
Black Santas such as Santa Andre, as he’s known to children, are
growing in popularity amid a rise in diversity and representation
among traditional holiday characters.