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UPDATE: Carrying on a family tradition

CORRECTION: The nickname of the late Charles “Jiggs” Skidmore, who played Santa Claus and was the subject of a feature in Tuesday’s edition of the Examiner was incorrect.

When Chuck Skidmore first took over for his dad as Santa he knew he had some big boots to fill. After all, Charles “Jiggs” Skidmore has donned the red suit every December for a quarter of a century. For the families of Rushsylvania, Belle Center and many in Bellefontaine, he was Santa, and visiting him was as much of a Christmas tradition as tree trimming and eggnog.


Chuck Skidmore of Rushsylvania is carrying on the Santa Claus role started by his late father some 25 years ago. (PHOTO | PROVIDED)

With the beard he has had since he was 18 now as white as snow, the son already looked the part when his dad handed over the sled reins.

“To me, there is more to it than just playing Santa,” the younger Santa said. “I feel like I have a responsibility here to continue what my dad started.”

Chuck’s father passed away about a year and a half ago, but he knows his dad is proud of him.

“My father hands-down was by far the better Santa. He just had this special twinkle in his eye,” he said. “I will always shoot for the standard that he set, though it’s one I know I will never reach.”

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