“Santa Larry” in his workshop at Kentucky Truck Plant
His eyes — how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
and the beard on his chin was as white as the snow . . .
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
that shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
– Clement Clarke Moore, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Though written in the mid-19th century, Clement Moore’s poem accurately characterizes Kentucky Truck Plant employee Laurence Morris, better known as Santa Larry. Morris, an Army veteran and 25-year truck plant employee, spends most of the year in repair as a door fitter on Chassis 2. For the past five years, however, Larry has used his five weeks of vacation at the end of the year to play a beloved mall Santa “for the joy it brings to others,” he said.