Kevin L. Hoover
Mad River Union
ARCATA – Somewhere, a pair of Santa Clauses are beaming down on their new owners, projecting mirth, merriment and dishonestly acquired Christmas cheer.
The two Santas, large-sized dolls which had adorned the Grand Christmas Tree in Jacoby's Storehouse, were stolen not long after the Season of Wonder and Light kickoff Friday, Dec. 4.
Storehouse co-owner Bill Chino said similar seasonal ripoffs aren't uncommon. "Sometimes things get taken as kind of a mischevous act, and then returned," he said. "But that hasn't happened yet."
One of the Santas wore a white robe, was about a foot tall and had adorned the tree with an unknown number of others (see below). It cost $15 to $20, Chino said.
The other stolen St. Nick was much larger – perhaps a yard tall – and wore a traditional red robe. That Santa, toting a load of presents, cost about $80. All that remains where the larger Santa stood 'neath the tree is an empty spot with a slight depression in the white cloth covering the base.
"Things disappear from the tree," Chino said stoically. "It's usually kids."
Despite the Santattrition, the contest to guess how many remaining Kris Kringles populate the
Grand Tree is ongoing. A contestant who guesses the correct number will win a $50 gift certificate to either The Rocking Horse children's store, or the PastaLuego Italian deli. Visit jacoby's Storehouse to enter the contest.