Stand by for a ‘Santa selfie’

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

HE IS red and round with beard and happy smile. Santa – or at least, his life-size replica — has ar­rived in Heath­cote, just in time for Christ­mas.

Based at Flossy’s Home De´cor, 167 High St, owner Tracey Westhorpe said Santa was giv­ing lo­cal fam­i­lies a fun ex­pe­ri­ence to trea­sure.

“I bought the life-sized man­nequin for the com­mu­nity to en­joy,” Ms Westhorpe said. The re­tail op­er­a­tor, af­fec­tion­ately known as Flossy, said it’s a quick, fun and free al­ter­na­tive to vis­it­ing a real-life Santa.

“This can be a really tough time of year fi­nan­cially,” Ms Westhorpe said. “Heath­cote’s Santa is a man­nequin, but he’s very life-like”.

For peo­ple who can’t af­ford tra­di­tional pho­tos, the op­por­tu­nity to take a selfie or a photo of their fam­ily can help lessen the im­pact of miss­ing out.

New­comer to Heath­cote Cherie Nick­els said her chil­dren weren’t fazed by the life-sized man­nequin. “We did get tra­di­tional pho­tos done else­where,” Mrs Nick­els said. “But my baby, Al­dane, cried the whole time be­cause he was scared. With the man­nequin, he was re­laxed and happy. And the pho­tos turned out great”. Ms Westhorpe con­firmed ev­ery­one is in­vited. To take your own photo, drop in to Flossy’s at 167 High St, Heath­cote. BYO cam­era/phone. Ap­point­ments are not nec­es­sary.

Tracey ‘Flossy’ Westhorpe with Al­dane Nick­els, Eve­lyn Nick­els and Santa.

Eve­lyn and Al­dane Nick­els with Santa.

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