SmartHER With “The Chief Elf” and founder of the Santa Claus Museum, Pat Koch
Have you heard of Santa Claus, Indiana?
Founded in 1856, this town serves as one of the main destinations for “Dear Santa” letters from all over the world. And this happened, in many ways, because one family took the reins (no reindeer jokes … yet). Meet 92-year-old Mrs. Koch (pronounced “Cook”).
She holds many titles – including Santa’s daughter, Chief Elf, and founder of the Santa Claus Museum – preserving the stories of the past that she now shares with us, including: How Santa Claus, IN got its name How a WW1 veteran became Santa’s best helper How the team receives and responds to tens of thousands of letters mailed from around the world.
A perfect news break for anyone who needs a little Christmas spirit – or has some to spare! We hope this interview leaves you with one thought this season … “Believe!”
by Jenna Lee,