A man who's played Santa Claus every year since he was 13 will be walking down the aisle with Mrs. Claus soon.
Troy Thode met his future bride Cheryl Hawker in 1978 when they were in middle school.
Thode says he always liked Hawker and asked her out multiple times, but the two never connected romantically.
The pair remained friends, with Troy even playing Santa at Cheryl's family parties.
After staying in touch a realizing they were both single, the two finally went on their first date a few months ago.
One thing led to another, and Troy proposed while they were both in costume.
The couple says they plan to keep dressing up as Santa and Mrs. Claus to spread holiday cheer.