America’s largest mall is hosting its first-ever black Santa Claus this this weekend.
This week, for the first time in the Mall of America’s 24-year history, a black Santa will greet families for annual Christmas photos.
“This is a long time coming,” said Landon Luther, co-owner of the Santa Experience, which has run the intimate photo studio at the mall for 10 years.
“We want Santa to be for everyone, period.”
Larry Jefferson, a retired U.S. Army veteran from Irving, Texas agreed to sign a four-day contract to work in Minnesota, after which he’ll return home to work the seasonal circuit in Dallas.
Meanwhile, Santa Larry has a Christmas wish too — to be invited to the White House by President Obama. He’d go see President-elect Donald Trump too, he said, if he comes calling.