Former gang member hangs up leather jacket in favour of Santa’s red suit

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The sound of jingle bells and children’s laughter fills the air in Kensington on the weekend of Nov. 27. It marks the start of the holiday season and the familiar chortle of Santa Claus in his red suit is a welcome sight among children and adults alike.

But have you ever wondered about the man behind the suit? Meet Doug Craig, an instructor at SAIT, ordained minister and costumed Santa. But Craig has had quite the journey to get to where he is today.

Calgary Journal reporters dive into his past and find out how he came to be in this unexpected role.


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The editor responsible for this article is Ashley Grant,

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