Stephen Dismuke can relate to how tired Santa must feel after he makes all his stops. What used to be a few stops is stretching into a longer and longer list for Dismuke.
He started portraying Santa about five years ago, going to visit nieces and nephews and children that his wife, Terry, baby-sat.
"These babies are like Terry's babies," he says.
Dismuke, who is a recruiter with the National Guard, says he fell in love of playing Santa because it was something his grandfather in Indiana had always done during their visits there.
"My grandfather was like a hero to me."
His grandfather was Santa on Christmas Eve and the housecat was dressed as Santa on Christmas.
"That's how Santa Claus was supposed to get into the house was to be a cat," Dismuke says.
When asked about the cat's enthusiasm for the role, Dismuke says the cat was cooperative.