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Eddie Burch, of Grove City, and president of Buckeye Santas, left, and Tom Pellitieri, owner of Toledo Santa LLC, and organizer of the annual event, talking with attendees. Ambassadors for Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, elves and other helpers, including members of Buckeye Santas and the Michigan Association of Professional Santas, meet in Toledo, Ohio on January 21, 2012. Tom Pellitieri, owner of Toledo Santa LLC, and organizer of the annual event, says it gives participants get an opportunity to socialize, discuss the previous Christmas Season and plan for the coming year.

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Russ Spice, of Sterling Heights, Michigan, next to his car. The 1998 Oldsmobile wagon had been stolen while in Detroit, but local television coverage of Santa's stolen car, and its unique appearance, aided in its recovery. Ambassadors for Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, elves and other helpers, including members of Buckeye Santas and the Michigan Association of Professional Santas, meet in Toledo, Ohio. Tom Pellitieri, owner of Toledo Santa LLC, and organizer of the annual event, says it gives participants get an opportunity to socialize, discuss the previous Christmas Season and plan for the coming year.

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Norman Gerring, of Lincoln Park, Michigan, from the Michigan Association of Professional Santas. Ambassadors for Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, elves and other helpers, including members of Buckeye Santas and the Michigan Association of Professional Santas, meet in Toledo, Ohio on January 21, 2012. Tom Pellitieri (cq), owner of Toledo Santa LLC, and organizer of the annual event, says it gives participants get an opportunity to socialize, discuss the previous Christmas Season and plan for the coming year.

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Eddie Burch, of Grove City, and president of Buckeye Santas, left, and Tom Pellitieri, owner of Toledo Santa LLC, and organizer of the annual event. Ambassadors for Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, elves and other helpers, including members of Buckeye Santas and the Michigan Association of Professional Santas, meet in Toledo, Ohio. Tom Pellitieri, owner of Toledo Santa LLC, and organizer of the annual event, says it gives participants get an opportunity to socialize, discuss the previous Christmas Season and plan for the coming year.

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Tom Pellitieri, owner of Toledo Santa LLC, and organizer of the annual event. Ambassadors for Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, elves and other helpers, including members of Buckeye Santas and the Michigan Association of Professional Santas, meet in Toledo, Ohio on January 21, 2012. Tom Pellitieri (cq), owner of Toledo Santa LLC, and organizer of the annual event, says it gives participants get an opportunity to socialize, discuss the previous Christmas Season and plan for the coming year.

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Russ Piece, from Sterling Heights, Michigan, standing at left, talks with David Allen, of Port Clinton, and Richard Incledon, of Perrysburg, both facing camera. Also pictured is Mary Miller, front left, of Toledo. Ambassadors for Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, elves and other helpers, including members of Buckeye Santas and the Michigan Association of Professional Santas, meet in Toledo, Ohio. Tom Pellitieri, owner of Toledo Santa LLC, and organizer of the annual event, says it gives participants get an opportunity to socialize, discuss the previous Christmas Season and plan for the coming year.

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Mike Waggoner, of Toledo, using one of Santa's electronic helpers. Ambassadors for Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, elves and other helpers, including members of Buckeye Santas and the Michigan Association of Professional Santas, meet in Toledo, Ohio on January 21, 2012. Tom Pellitieri (cq), owner of Toledo Santa LLC, and organizer of the annual event, says it gives participants get an opportunity to socialize, discuss the previous Christmas Season and plan for the coming year.

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Mike Durkin, of Livonia, Michigan. Durkin worked in San Diego as Santa Claus this past season. Ambassadors for Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, elves and other helpers, including members of Buckeye Santas and the Michigan Association of Professional Santas, meet in Toledo, Ohio on January 21, 2012. Tom Pellitieri (cq), owner of Toledo Santa LLC, and organizer of the annual event, says it gives participants get an opportunity to socialize, discuss the previous Christmas Season and plan for the coming year.

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Tom Pellitieri, owner of Toledo Santa LLC, and organizer of the annual event. Ambassadors for Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, elves and other helpers, including members of Buckeye Santas and the Michigan Association of Professional Santas, meet in Toledo, Ohio on January 21, 2012. Tom Pellitieri (cq), owner of Toledo Santa LLC, and organizer of the annual event, says it gives participants get an opportunity to socialize, discuss the previous Christmas Season and plan for the coming year.

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One of Santa's four-wheel sleighs. Ambassadors for Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, elves and other helpers, including members of Buckeye Santas and the Michigan Association of Professional Santas, meet in Toledo, Ohio on January 21, 2012. Tom Pellitieri (cq), owner of Toledo Santa LLC, and organizer of the annual event, says it gives participants get an opportunity to socialize, discuss the previous Christmas Season and plan for the coming year.

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One of Santa's four-wheel sleighs. Ambassadors for Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, elves and other helpers, including members of Buckeye Santas and the Michigan Association of Professional Santas, meet in Toledo, Ohio on January 21, 2012. Tom Pellitieri (cq), owner of Toledo Santa LLC, and organizer of the annual event, says it gives participants get an opportunity to socialize, discuss the previous Christmas Season and plan for the coming year. The Blade/Jetta Fraser

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One of Santa's four-wheel sleighs. Ambassadors for Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, elves and other helpers, including members of Buckeye Santas and the Michigan Association of Professional Santas, meet in Toledo, Ohio on January 21, 2012. Tom Pellitieri (cq), owner of Toledo Santa LLC, and organizer of the annual event, says it gives participants get an opportunity to socialize, discuss the previous Christmas Season and plan for the coming year.

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One of Santa's four-wheel sleighs. Ambassadors for Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, elves and other helpers, including members of Buckeye Santas and the Michigan Association of Professional Santas, meet in Toledo, Ohio on January 21, 2012. Tom Pellitieri (cq), owner of Toledo Santa LLC, and organizer of the annual event, says it gives participants get an opportunity to socialize, discuss the previous Christmas Season and plan for the coming year.

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Russ Spice's 1998 Oldsmobile wagon. The car had been stolen while in Detroit, but local television coverage, and its unique appearance, aided in its recovery. Spice lives in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Ambassadors for Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, elves and other helpers, including members of Buckeye Santas and the Michigan Association of Professional Santas, meet in Toledo, Ohio. Tom Pellitieri, owner of Toledo Santa LLC, and organizer of the annual event, says it gives participants get an opportunity to socialize, discuss the previous Christmas Season and plan for the coming year.

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