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30+ year Seymour Christmas tradition continues

6:50 PM, Dec 25, 2012   |    comments
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It was a noisy Christmas Eve for the town of Seymour, one that residents do not mind having.

"I get to see the kids, get to be here, in the community, face to face," a Santa's helper said in front of a firetruck from the local volunteer fire department.

For some three decades, the local fire department has been touring through the streets of the Sevier County town, with Santa's Helpers meeting kids and kids at heart.

"Santa usually comes with my 12 reindeer, but now I got the Seymour Volunteer Fire Department," the big guy added.

This year, about 800 kids in the town saw Santa on the unorthodox mode of transportation.

"The community comes to expect this. We have people that start calling the first of December wanting us to deliver packages, wanting us to come to their neighborhoods," Chief Kevin Dunn said. "Every year it gets bigger. Every year there's more place to go. Every year Santa gets busier."

However, the big guy does not mind the hustle.

"They want all the kids in the community to be happy," Santa smiled.

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