Thanks to technology, Santa is watching the goings-on at his cozy little namesake museum in Columbus, Texas. There, on display, are several thousand eye-catching likenesses of the jolly old elf lovingly collected from all over the world. Come along and I’ll give you a preview.
A Little Background
This special Christmas season destination opened in 1990 after a delegation of the good people of this Central Texas town (population 3,587) approached the Chief of Christmas Cheer with a proposal. Because it wasn’t practical for all believers to travel to Santa’s home base at the North Pole, would he support their desire to share with the public the immense Santa collection amassed by a local woman?
You could have heard Santa’s enthusiastic reply from here! He characterized the idea as brilliant. Not only was he flattered that a permanent museum would carry his name, but he had heard the buzz about Mary Elizabeth Youens Hopkins’ vast personal Santa collection.
What’s more, Santa got a little misty-eyed. No longer would collectibles paying tribute to his effort to infuse the world with the Christmas spirit each December be packed away gathering cobwebs for 11 months each year. No sir, in Columbus, Texas, Santa Claus could count on this permanent display.
More good news! A few years after the Santa Claus Museum started, two Columbus couples, Elaine and Merrill Luman, and Neva Lou and Al Hubenak, raised their hands. They, too, had extensive collections to donate. Thus, the clever displays in the homey cottage grew to accommodate these new additions. As we believers know, when it comes to Santa, the more the merrier.
Come In, Come In
See You There?
I haven’t told you about the Coca-Cola memorabilia and lots of other fun stuff, so come and see it yourself. On Fridays and Saturdays from Dec. 1-17, the Santa Claus Museum, the only one of its kind in the southern U.S., will be open. Drop by 604 Washington Street in Columbus, Texas, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For the first time, the museum will also put out the welcome mat daily from Dec. 19-23 and Dec. 26-30. Admission is free, although donations are gratefully accepted. Santa will be visiting too!
If your Christmas travels won’t reach this endearing South Central Texas destination, visit online at https://santamuseum.org/.
There’s Great Excitement
The Columbus Santa Claus Museum is expanding! That means when Christmas 2023 rolls around, there will be even more to admire. What was Santa’s reaction to the big news? He’s taking it in stride. After all, Christmas is all about magic and nowhere is that more evident than in Columbus, Texas.
And remember, Santa is watching.
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