Our people: Seasonal Santa

Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis resident Jimmy Craven has played the part of Santa Claus for 12 years and, yes, the beard is real.

Clovis resident Jim Craven has donned a red crushed velvet suit and a matching red hat to fill Santa’s shoes at Roden-Smith Village and about 40 other engagements during the Christmas season for 12 years.

The 73-year-old transormed into Santa to help his brother who was overwhelmed with engagements. He said he enjoys playing the part of Santa Claus because the children warm his heart.