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At 94, Mrs. Claus is back – this time, alongside her grandson who stepped in for Santa.

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At 94, Mrs. Claus is back at it again – and it’s all for the kids.

We first told you about Rosaria Cromwell earlier this year – when she finished the last item on her bucket list; a wonderful sleigh ride with friends and family. It was a pretty obvious dream for a woman who’s been playing Mrs. Claus for decades. This year, she was able to do it, again. This year, was no exception.













Rose put on her favorite costume and was ready to get to work. This year was a bit different, though. Her regular Santa was recovering from surgery, so her grandson, Sam stepped in to play the big guy. It proved to be a real family affair when Rose’s great-granddaughter and great-great-granddaughter came to visit, too.









Rose has had an incredible life. She’s been around for 17 presidents and countless historical events – World War 2, the great depression, President Kennedy’s assassination, and many others. Sure, she’ll chat about that stuff, but what she really likes to talk about – her favorite subject is her family. It’s quite a family. Rosaria has 5 children, 16 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She brags about all of them, “None of them has ever gotten into any trouble. They are all loving and respectful. I am very blessed.”




If you consider all of the love and joy that Rose has brought to not only her family, but all of those children over the years – it’s easy to see that she is clearly the real Mrs. Claus – filled with hope and good cheer.

Merry Christmas, Rose!!!


Great-Great-Grandmother (Mrs. Claus) reminds all of us to NEVER give up on our dreams.

93-year-old ‘Mrs. Claus’ has one thing left on her bucket list. Any guesses?



Mary Friona

Mary Friona

Following my heart with my husband and four daughters. An Emmy Award winning journalist lucky enough to work in television & radio for 20 years - seeing wonderful places, meeting great people and telling their stories.