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The Jolliest Man on Earth Dresses As Santa 200 Days a Year

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Michael Rielly

The Jolliest Man on Earth Dresses As Santa 200 Days a Year

 

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December 17, 2013
 
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Phillip Wenz was only 4 when he first put on a makeshift red suit, snuck out of the house, strolled into an unsuspecting neighbor’s home and, reaching into a pillow case, began passing out candy canes.  From that day on, Philip knew his meant to be Santa.  That year, and in the 47 years that followed, he made rounds at the small rural Illinois hospitals where his father worked as CEO. By fifth grade, he was bringing cheer to preschools and nursing homes. At 14, he was in his first parade, and two years later he wrote a term paper about his Santa-life ambitions. He got a D but that didn’t stop him. Now today at age 51, Philip is recognized as the first living member in the Santa Claus Hall of Fame.  He proudly dresses up as Santa 200 days a year and says he’s living the dream.
 
Special thanks to Operation North Pole for allowing us to film at their amazing event.  Now celebrating its fifth year, Operation North Pole brings a day of Christmas joy to local children suffering from life-threatening illnesses. ONP’s all-volunteer staff sponsors a fantasy visit to the North Pole via Metra’s Union Pacific Northwest line for a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
 

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Santa Steve H

LOVED IT!

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Elf Without Jingles

I am just gonna say two words: OUR HERO!

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Santa Johnathan

The video is not showing...but I'm sure it's great. Always nice to read about Phil...very inspiring. 

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Eileen Strom

Can we get the video back?!

How is Phil doing these days? Anyone have an update?

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Michael Rielly

The video is not showing...but I'm sure it's great. Always nice to read about Phil...very inspiring. 

 

 

Can we get the video back?!

How is Phil doing these days? Anyone have an update?

 

Video was pulled from YouTube. Not sure why. Usually it's copyright issues.

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Santa Marty

Well, video or no....

 

I immediately thought of Phillip when I saw the title of this thread.  Congratulations!

 

I too am interested in how Phillip is doing..

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Santa TJS

I spoke to Phil yesterday, he is doing well.

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Santa Marty

That was quick, thanks Santa TJS!

 

Loads of us were worried for him earlier this year.

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Santa Johnathan

Well, video or no....

 

I immediately thought of Phillip when I saw the title of this thread.  

 

...same here, there was no doubt. 

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KKringle

I have never met him... but he is truly a role model of mine.

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Santa Forbey

Great article. It is always nice to see an article about something nice instead of the usual monstroucities!

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Chatham Santa

Outstanding video!!!!  Hats off and kudos to him!!!

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Ricky Claus

When I watched it I got goose bumps like I was a 5 year old little boy going to see Santa. I hope that doesn't sound weird, but Phil really is a great Santa and I hope to grow up like him one day. Phil many blessings to you and your family. We are here if you ever need us. Hope all agree with me in saying that. As well as we will be here for all our Brothers in Red (THE B.I.R).

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