The Rancho Santa Margarita resident has a full-time job as a workers’ comp claims adjuster. But during the Christmas season, she spends her off-hours in a red dress, white wig, and spectacles alongside her husband, Ric “Singin’ Santa” Erwin. That’s right—she’s Mrs. Claus. Nicknamed “Diva Claus” for her vocal talents, Erwin has joined her husband for charitable events and private parties for the past 11 years. They’re also members (Ric is vice president) of the Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas.
So, his beard is real?
Yes. He could be at the grocery store in denim shorts and a tank top, and I’ll see a child peeking around the corner. He does a “Ho, ho, ho” and they run off yelling, “See, I told you it was him!”
Do they recognize you? Well, I’m in my late 40s and normally have red hair,
so no. I’ll say he’s visiting
me from the North Pole.
Any tough questions from kids?
A few, but we went to a Santa school, the International University of Santa Claus, where they teach you these things. Like if a child asks you for a puppy you can say, “You know, with all those toys in that bag, it’s real hard to bring a live animal.”
What’s your role at events?
We sing and take pictures. I love making the shy ones, especially those with Down syndrome, get comfortable enough to take a picture. It’s the most rewarding part of my job and sometimes I have to be careful not to cry, or white mascara will run down my face. But if that ever happens I know what I’ll say: Mrs. Claus cries snow.
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