Mall of America welcomed its first black Santa 

For the first time in its 24-year history, the Mall of America in Minnesota had a black Santa Claus.

WCCO reports that Dallas resident Larry Jefferson was attending a Santa Convention over the summer when he was recruited for a four-day stint at the shopping complex.

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Papai Noel

A graduate of the Brazil's School of Santa Claus gets his beard trimmed by students in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on December 28, 2015. The school prepares men to represent Santa Claus in the Christmas season.

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Santa Claus

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus attend the 90th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24, 2016 in New York City.

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Ded Moroz

Ded moroz which translates to Father Frost, is the Russian equivalent to Santa Claus. He is pictured here at the Moscow Zoo.

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Father Christmas

Father Christmas and penguins attend a photocall to open the Festive Department at Harrods in London, England.

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Babbo Natale

A man dressed as  Babbo Natale is seen at a restaurant in Milan, Italy.

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Kris Kringle

Santas board a bus for a field trip from the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan.

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Saint Nicholas

Santa's image is based on traditions associated with a 4th century Christian saint, Nicholas of Myrna. A benevolent bearer of gifts under various guises and names including Father Christmas, Sinterklass and Pelz Nicol.

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Pere Noel

Santa Claus leaving on his distribution trip in Finland.

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Jolly Old St. Nick

Preferring not to wear his traditional coat and hat when he works inside, Santa Claus waits for his next visitor at Golf Mill Shopping Center in Niles, Illinois.  

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der Weihnachtsmann (The Christmas man)

Santa Claus, in German called der Weihnachtsmann, welcomes visiting children at the local post office in Himmelpfort, Germany. Every Christmas season German state postal carrier Deutsche Post maintains the official Santa Claus post office in Himmelpfort ('Himmelpfort' translates to 'Heaven's Gate'), where on average 300,000 letters a year addressed to Santa Claus arrive from young and old all over the world. Santa and his team of 20 angels, all employed by Deutsche Post, respond to every letter with a personalized note.

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The man who spearheaded the search to find the black Santa, Landon Luther, helps to oversee the mall's annual holiday photo event, notes the Star Tribune.

Luther says he wanted to add diversity to the lineup for those kids who are also from other backgrounds, stating, "This is a long time coming. We want Santa to be for everyone, period."

Jefferson, who is known during the holidays as "Santa Larry," believes his 17-years of donning the red suit is "a calling."

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Mrs Claus takes a photo of her husband Santa Bill Armstrong (R), with Santa Fred Osther as they head for class at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, October 28, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santas and Mrs. Clauses enjoy lunch at Pizza Sam's on Main Street during a break from class at Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 27, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santa Randy Schneider of Muskegon, Michigan learns wood toy making in the Gerace shop in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 29, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santa Sam Hopeck of Commerce Township, Michigan rides the Polar Express train during a field trip from the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 28, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Rudolph walks out of Pizza Sam's with fellow Santas on Main Street during a lunch break from class at Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 27, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santas wave as they leave for lunch between classes at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 27, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Thomas Valent, dean of the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School sits in the Santa House in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 29, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santas laugh as they learn about Santa Spirit during class at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 27, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santas disembark from a wagon following a tour around the Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farm in Clare, Michigan, U.S. October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santa Jerry Julian of Colorado Springs, Colorado hides in the grass following a ride on the Polar Express during a field trip from the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 28, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santa listens to a reindeer at the Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farm in Clare, Michigan, U.S. October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santa Glenn Johnson of Woodstock, Georgia learns new dance moves during the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 29, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santa Fred Osther from Oslo, Norway waits for the afternoon session of classes at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 28, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi
Santa Leon McBryde (L) of Buchanan, Virginia and Santa Stephen Gillham of Chapel Hill, North Carolina pose at the end of classes from the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 29, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santa Paul Fanning of Tyler, Texas rides past Christmas decorations during a break in schedule at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 27, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi
Santas and Mrs Claus greet a child at the Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farm in Clare, Michigan, U.S. October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santa Fred Osther from Oslo, Norway shops at a Toys R Us during a field trip from the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 28, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Five year old Claire tugs the beard of Santa Barry Westmoreland of Germanton, North Carolina as the Santas visit a Toys R Us store, during a field trip from the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 28, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santa Jerry Julian of Colorado Springs, Colorado shows some yoga moves outside the Santa House in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 27, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santa Jim Hastings (R) from Durham, North Carolina, is helped into his suit by a fellow Santa prior to a visit from a group of children at the Santa House in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 28, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santas board a bus for a field trip from the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 28, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santa Jack Bradley of Iron Ridge, Wisconsin is fitted for a suit following classes at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 28, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santa Lamar May of Dallas, Georgia is shown how to groom his beard and moustache during classes at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 27, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santa Holmes Kimble from Farmer City, Illinois, learns to apply Santa make-up during classes at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 27, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santas learn breathing techniques as they attend class at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 27, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
Santa Leon McBryde performs at the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, U.S. October 29, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi 
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He has also been motivated to continue his work because of a lack of racially diverse Santas, notes the Washington Post.

Jefferson says that at a recent event, after a child pointed out that he was brown, he simply responded, "Yes, I am, but Santa comes in many different colors."

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