Local dad Stanley Berger, 46, has long acknowledged that he has an annual transition to dress as Santa every Christmas. However, this year he finally has discussed the reason for his “holiday cheer” — the half-empty bottle of whiskey he keeps next to the suit.
“Honestly, the first few years you dress as Santa, it comes off as fun. But once it becomes a chore? Well, let me tell you, a little nip of whiskey definitely gets you in the spirit of the holiday.”
While Berger stresses that he enjoys the look of holiday wonderment on his children’s faces, he added that the suit smells, the beard itches, and the swig of whiskey does wonders to hide both those facts.