A man dressed as Father Christmas says some of his family are still in the dark about his alias.
Michael Facherty has been wearing the Santa Claus costume throughout the festival for 35 years but it’s a well-kept secret.
Known as ‘Henley Santa’, Michael began his Father Christmas career after playing the character for his child’s school.
But he has no opinion.
He told Daily Star: “No, none of them know I’m Santa.
“Some of my grandchildren say to me ‘you love Christmas, don’t you’ and I just nod.”
He believes his 11-year-old grandson will soon start to have doubts.
His Santa Grotto is closed again due to Covid restrictions this year, so Zoom will take the calls and deliver it door to door.
The family man would normally be off work on Christmas Day but last year, one family made an exception.
Michael explained he stopped because it was the father of twins last Christmas.
“I did something last year when someone contacted someone with 5-year-old twins,” he said.
“It was her husband’s last Christmas so I did it for them but I’m not normal.”
Dressing up and playing the hilarious Saint Nick isn’t the only talent Michael has.
He is also an author and an actor who has played an Oxford professor as well as a gangster.
None of them know I’m Santa
He said that his favorite role is playing Santa Claus.
Before Christmas, Michael offers tips for parents to get The best cave trip possible for children.
His tips include checking the cave’s reputation before visiting, booking early, and explaining how to get the best shot.
He also revealed one thing parents should never do.
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