JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Locals who called the St. Andrews area of Jackson County home simply call it the fishing Santa.
He magically appears every year about this time in the waters of Graveline Bayou, just to the west of the Earnest Applewhite causeway. Santa sits in a canoe, fishing pole in hand, surrounded by ducks and a live bait sign.
No one knows who puts up this display or even why it’s done, but during the Christmas holidays, that’s not important. What is important is that fishing Santa brings joy to the hearts of everyone who sees him, including Erin West, the mother of U.S. Army Pfc. Bailey West.
This is Bailey’s first Christmas away from home while on a tour of duty at Arlington National Cemetery. He remembers fishing Santa very well from his boyhood years.
In fact, Erin snapped a picture of fishing Santa to send to her son so he could show his army buddies, and so the tradition of fishing Santa lives on.
By the way, fishing Santa mysteriously disappears every year on Christmas Eve, and we all know the reason why.
He has a big job to do that night, and it doesn’t include fishing.