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A Texas Man Was Arrested After Telling Kids That Santa Claus Isn’t Real At A Local Church Event

by Caralynn Lippo
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A 31-year-old protester with a distinct lack of holiday cheer was arrested after telling children Santa Claus isn’t real, according to the Associated Press.

According to reports, Aaron Urbanski was arrested on December 8 after protesting outside of a church in Cleburne, Texas. The St. Mark United Methodist Church was hosting a “Breakfast With Santa” event attended by local children. Apparently, the young man had been telling the impressionable children the truth about old St. Nick and refused to leave when asked by a church representative.

The police were called, and when authorities responded, they found three people demonstrating outside the church.

Aaron allegedly continued to refuse to leave and caused a “disturbance.” He was then taken into custody and booked into the Johnson County Law Enforcement Center. He was later charged with criminal trespass.

Cleburne mayor Scott Cain later took to Facebook to comment on the bizarre story.

“Don’t Mess With Santa!” Mayor Cain wrote. “While I understand folks right to protest, Cleburne loves Santa and those protestors who were naughty and broke the law when they trespassed were arrested promptly. Guess they wanted coal in their stockings to go with a court appearance.”

Members of the church agree.

“Christmas is love,” a congregant named Gayle Anderson told CBS DFW. “It’s not Santa. Christmas is love, and love is giving. And if you want to give through Santa — I still believe in Santa, you know.”

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