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New Orleans Mom Little girl with santa claus chocolate Santa

Dear Chocolate Santa

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Dear Chocolate Santa, Just four short months before Christmas and we are grieving your loss and the tradition you created. Some may have called you Chocolate Santa, others 7th Ward Santa, and those who worked with you affectionately called you...
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