Mrs. Claus wants less commercialization in Christmas

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 November 2013 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers – These three sisters met with Mrs. Claus today to write notes to Santa Claus. The girls are, from left: Julia, 6; McKinley, 5; and Malia, 9. Their father, Jeremiah Knight, owns Knight’s Pride on North Main Street. He hosted Mrs. Claus today. She will be back at Knight’s Pride from 1 to 3 p.m. on Dec. 14.

ALBION – With Santa working around the clock, Mrs. Claus stopped in Albion today without her very busy husband.

Mrs. Claus was at Knight’s Pride, a custom cabinetry shop, from 1 to 3 p.m. She brought along a scroll and note cards for children to send a message to Santa. She also handed out stickers.

“Behind every great man is a great woman,” she said.

Mrs. Claus bears a striking resemblance to Valerie Rush, who has a full-time job as a teacher’s aid at Albion High School.

“I just wanted something to bring back Christmas that is fun and not commercial,” Mrs. Claus said about her appearance in Albion.

Mrs. Claus said she doesn’t like how expensive Christmas has become, and how the holiday shopping season now encroaches on Thanksgiving.

“I want to help bring the magic of Christmas back,” she said.

Mrs. Claus gets ready to meet children during a stop in Albion this afternoon.