NORTH POLE, ALASKA Con and Nellie Miller may not have guessed that when they founded their humble trading post back in 1952, it would turn into the staple that Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska, is today.
“I think looking back, my mom and dad would be very proud of the legacy we have created,” said Mike Miller, son of Con and Nellie and now CEO of the retail store. “They would not have envisioned where we had come today.”
Santa Claus House has gone through moves and expansions but the family said it is still committed to bringing Christmas cheer every year.
Carissa Brown is Mike’s daughter and representing the third generation in the shop.
Santa Claus House is where she met her husband, Paul.
“We fell in love and the rest, they say, is history,” Paul Brown said.
You can find that ‘history’ working behind the register.
Brown’s son, Carter Brown, is 16 and is on his second season of work.
“I was excited to finally start work here,” Brown said. “Before I wasn't allowed to work, I had to watch my older cousins.”
“Five or six grandkids are now working here,” Miller said.
“It sounds cliche,” said Paul Brown. “But we kind of consider ourselves almost as the guardians of Christmas. Really, keeping that legacy alive.”