Donning a red suit, giving a few well-timed “ho, ho, hos”, and handing out presents – how hard can it be?
Cootamundra’s, NSW, Peter McPhail found himself asking just that eight years ago, when he was roped into becoming one of Santa’s helpers, at a local preschool.
“I remember being very nervous – having the suit and beard helps, but kids can be a tough audience,” he said.
His portrayal of the jolly old man in the red suit must have been convincing because he kept getting asked to reprise his role each year at the school – a job he maintained for six years – and some of the parents didn’t even recognise him.
A solidly built man of 108 kilograms, and standing at 6’2”, Santa McPhail said he didn’t need much padding to pull off the job, although being clean-shaven, a big beard helped the disguise.