An Enchanting Mr. and Mrs. Claus
Who could possibly be more delightful, engaging, and dear to the hearts of people everywhere who love Christmas than Santa Claus and his dear wife and helpmate Mrs. Claus? Panola County’s own Mr. and Mrs. Claus, also known as Donny and Daphne Alford, are perfectly typecast for their roles—equally delightful, engaging, and dear to people’s hearts!
A few years ago, when Main Street Manager Cindy Deloney found out that the usual Santa was unavailable to ride the firetruck in the Christmas Parade, she asked Daphne, who works for the City of Carthage, if Donny might be able to serve as a substitute. “I’m sure it’s because she thought Donny fit the bill,” says Daphne. “You know, because he’s so…jolly!” After a good laugh, Donny adds, “Well, in my defense, I did have to get suspenders for those pants! They are huge!!”