Story and Photos By Michelle Key
Karlton Jenkins, aka Kringle Klaus, has been bringing joy and holiday cheer to the East Alabama area for nearly five years.
Jenkins, who has owned a graphic design business, Jenkins Graphic Designs since 2009, as well as being a full-time employee of the Department of Transportation since 2014, started his “side gig” of playing the jolly guy in 2018 when a friend asked him to fill in for him during an event. Jenkins said that he enjoyed it so much that he decided to create Kringle Klaus.
He said that he loves playing Santa for children of all ages but that he especially enjoys working with the disabled.
“The best part about portraying Santa Claus is engaging with kids but most of all, special needs visits are my favorite,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins, dressed as Kringle Klaus, can often be found making home visits.
Last year, he had the opportunity to visit LIVE Lee’s publisher’s son Jared, an adult with disabilities, who loves everything Santa Claus.
Imagine Jared’s surprise when his favorite person in the world rang his doorbell on his birthday last December.
“At my house?” Jared exclaimed over and over as he gave hugs.
When not working, Jenkins said that he enjoys spending time with his family.
“We love spending time at the beach and watching football with family and friends,” he said. “I have been happily married for seven years and I have a 6-year-old daughter that enjoys karate.”
Jenkins is available for all types of events, including family and corporate events, home and group visits, community events, school and day care visits, hospital visits, photography sessions, print and media events and Christmas in July parties or events.
To schedule an appointment with Kringle Klaus visit his Facebook page: Kringle Klaus, Instagram _kringleklaus or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.