The world is full of coincidences but this one might take the cake.
Chris Burd is now 27 years old but thirteen years ago when he visited Santa (For his 3-year-old sister’s sake he says. Uh huh.) he probably never expected to see the guy ever again. Boy was he wrong.
“My mom was going through old photos and said she thinks one of my old Santa pictures was me sitting on my fiancé’s dad’s lap,” Chris told ABC News. “And I just told her she’s nuts. So later in the week I went over to the house and saw it and decided it wasn’t him. But later on, I took a closer look and was like, ‘Oh my God. That’s Liz’s dad.’”
“Liz’s dad” is actually Elmer Abbas, a man who’s been dressing up as Mr. Claus for the last twenty years with his real puffy white beard. But get this. He normally dons the red suit for small town functions, 1998 was the one and only time he did so at the Maplewood Mall in Maplewood, Minnesota.
“That was the first year that I convinced my family that enough kids had told me I looked like Santa so I could get a job at the mall,” Abbas said. “Even geographically, it’s such a coincidence that he went to that mall. He’s originally from Ohio and had just moved here,” said Burd’s fiancé.
While Burd said the realization was “definitely weird,” the couple decided to display the photo at their wedding right next to a shot Liz took with Santa/Dad the same year.