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Santa’s home away from home is coming to town

Photo submitted to the Times Observer Santa Claus has a shed to ride along with in tonight’s Christmas Parade. After the parade he will entertain guests (and present requests) in the shed in the mid-town parking lot. The shed was donated by Young’s Countryside Structures. Sam Young will be pulling the shed.

What would a Christmas parade be without an appearance by the man who goes by names including St. Nick, Kris Kringle, and Pelznickel?

Fortunately, those who line the streets of Warren on Friday won’t have to find out.

The annual Christmas Parade and Walk are from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday. It’s sponsored by the Times Observer and the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry.

The Times Observer has it from a source pretty close to Santa Claus that not only will he be in the parade, he’ll be riding in style in his own hand-crafted chair along with his own shed.

Sam Young, of Young’s Countryside Structures, donated a special shed just for Santa. It’s not quite the castle that allegedly houses the Claus family and their elf friends at the North Pole, but it sounds pretty comfortable.

“It’s an 8-by-12 (foot) log cabin with a front porch,” Young said.

And speaking of comfort, Young said Santa himself is building the chair he will sit in. It seems Santa has learned a thing or two after more than 1,000 years in the toy-making business.

Many people may not realize Santa and his crew have been “in business” that long. According to an internet search, Saint Nicholas, also known as Santa Claus, was born in an unknown month of 270 AD so he would now be 1,749 years old.

Young will also pull the shed through the parade and then set it on Second Avenue in downtown Warren by the light at the intersection of Second and Liberty St., so children of all ages can stop in and have the chance to make some personal requests.

If all goes well this year, Young said he may join forces with Santa again next year and possibly even add some personal touches to the shed that suit Santa’s decorating taste.

Maybe Santa’s He-Shed?