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Couple petition to have their names legally changed to Santa and Merry Christmas Claus

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An Omaha, Nebraska couple wants to be in the Christmas spirit all year long -- so they want to change their names to Santa and Merry Christmas Claus. 

Jeff and Mary Brookstein, both 60, met in 2009 and married two years later. Every Christmas, the couple dresses up as Santa and Mrs. Claus to work in malls and at other events. 

"I have more fun as Santa Claus than anything else," Mr Brookstein said. "We’ll go down to the Old Market on a Saturday night, and families are excited to see Santa, so we talk to them. It’s just a lot of fun. It’s amazing how many people will tell stories about their experiences with Santa when they were children."

Mr Brookstein actually proposed to his Mrs Claus while the two were working a Christmas event in 2010.  

At least three other people in the U.S. - in Pennsylvania, New York and Alaska - have changed their name to Santa Claus. 

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