Skype with Santa this Christmas

Santa Skypes

Santa Tommy Usry Skypes with Shelby and Jackson Stuart of Greenville, Ala., from his office at Sandestin.

Published: Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 01:34 PM.

SANDESTIN — In an office twinkling with Christmas lights and garland, Tommy Usry tests his Skype.

His ability to communicate with children around the world is critical this time of year. Usry, widely known as Santa Tommy, takes his seasonal duties seriously.

“There’s nothing like being Santa,” he said. “Seeing the happiness and joy on the kids’ faces when I arrive, no matter what they are going through, makes doing all this worth it.”

>>See video of Santa on Skype.

In addition to making sure he is electronically prepared for the holiday rush, he has a few grooming matters to attend to.

For the past 10 years, Usry has transformed into Santa Tommy every November through what he calls “santafication.” It begins with the whitening of his salt-and-pepper beard and the pressing of his holiday attire, or his so-called “reds and greens.”

The Niceville man will appear across the Emerald Coast at everything from Christmas tree lightings to special events for foster children and tucking in children for a special Christmas service offered by Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

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