Carl Anderson has portrayed Santa for 30 years at NorthPark Center. Rob Curran interviewed him for The Dallas Morning News.

Among his reflections: “I have little four- or five-year-olds saying they want an iPad for Christmas or an Apple Watch or something like that. The toys that they’re asking for has changed a little bit, but the basic dynamics haven’t.”

He said one of the toughest parts is when kids ask for something that he’s not able to do. “They want mom and dad to get back together again, or this year I had a little girl who wanted to see her grandfather, who apparently had passed away when she was very young. She never got to meet him. Those sorts of things are harder.”

Check out our vintage photos of Anderson.

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