ALL I Want for Christmas …

santa claus and axel
Santa Claus and Axel Youngblood share a moment on the corner of Main and Center streets Friday, Dec. 20. Santa, aka Dan Mick of Moab Jeep Tours, said he is “Moab’s Santa.” Each Christmas he participates in parades, visits schools, attends holiday events and even makes custom visits to speak to children whose parents tell him ahead of time their children’s names, ages, and “what they’re doing good and what they’re not doing good. I tell them, ‘Hey, you’ve been back-talking,’ and their eyes get big and they cover their mouth,” he said with a laugh. Mick said he’s been Santa ever since his house caught fire more than a decade ago. He said the entire town came together to help his family recover. “This is one way I give back,” he said. “It’s important that we give back.” Photo by Doug McMurdo