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Gary Mitchell dressed as Santa leaves a St. Louis mall

December 23, 2011 | 12:01 a.m. CST
Shoppers watch Gary Mitchell, dressed as Santa Claus, as he exits a St. Louis mall at the end of the day. Mitchell spends most of his day meeting children, taking pictures with them and asking them what they want for Christmas. He said he has seen a lot of kids this year, and he estimates he saw around 1,000 on one Saturday in December.

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