WBEZ | santa claus http://www.wbez.org/tags/santa-claus Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en When a White Santa Just Won't Do http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-12-22/when-white-santa-just-wont-do-114261 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/5244997477_f2be776049_o.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="attachment_98423"><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="A Seattle initiative aims to give kids the chance to take a photo with a black Santa. (Joshua McNichols/KUOW)" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/media.wbur.org/wordpress/11/files/2015/12/1222_black-santa-624x416.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="A Seattle initiative aims to give kids the chance to take a photo with a black Santa. (Joshua McNichols/KUOW)" /></p><p>If you&rsquo;re looking to take your kid to see one, it&rsquo;s not always easy to find a black Santa Claus. African-American Santas have been around for years, but often in limited quantities. For example, the Nordstrom department store in Seattle has long had a black Santa around the holidays &ndash; but their hours and days are limited.</p></div><p>Now, there&rsquo;s a group of guys out to change that.&nbsp;Joshua McNichols&nbsp;from&nbsp;<a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/12/22/black-santa-seattle" target="_blank"><em>Here &amp; Now </em></a>contributor KUOW has more.</p></p> Tue, 22 Dec 2015 15:45:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-12-22/when-white-santa-just-wont-do-114261 Chicagoans read Santa letters, help grant wishes http://www.wbez.org/news/chicagoans-read-santa-letters-help-grant-wishes-104309 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/magma666.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Hundreds of Chicagoans are getting in the holiday spirit by reading letters that local children send to Santa &mdash; then making their wishes come true.</p><p>The U.S. Post Office in Chicago has received more than 12,000 letters at its Operation Santa station and more arrive every day.</p><p>Officials are receiving packages for delivery to some of the letter writers, and are urging Chicagoans to visit the station this week if they want to participate.</p><p>The Operation Santa station is open until Dec. 22 at the Main Post Office downtown. Letters are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.</p><p>Operation Santa has been operating since 1912, when Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock allowed postal employees and citizens to respond to letters.</p></p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 08:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicagoans-read-santa-letters-help-grant-wishes-104309