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Texas Citizens Bank continues Christmas tradition with visit from Santa, Mrs. Claus

December 21, 2018

It’s been a whirlwind of a month. Between donation drives, Santa visits, and new loans and deposits, Texas Citizens Bank employees have been busy as Christmas elves this season.

The locally owned bank kicked off the month with a visit from its favorite North Pole duo: Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Volunteering their Saturday morning, the Christmas couple posed for photos, listened to wish lists, and brought treats to share.

Surprising some, the holiday icons were more than familiar with Texas Citizens Bank and mild Texas winters. After all, this was far from their first visit. Bob Gebhard (Santa) joined Texas Citizens Bank as an original senior bank officer when the bank opened in 2006. Not far behind him in years of service, Tina Kennedy (Mrs. Claus) just celebrated her seventh anniversary with the bank in November. The pair has partnered up nearly every Christmas to provide free photos and cookies to customers.

In addition to visiting all six of Texas Citizens Bank locations — Pasadena, NASA, Clear Lake, West University, Rosenberg, and Baytown — Gebhard’s Santa Claus resume also includes regular visits to Fisher Elementary, West View, and Sherry and Roy Bufkin’s famous Christmas Wonderland.

“I feel like it’s my responsibility to give back to the community,” said Gebhard.

Now retired, Bob Gebhard continues to inspire and motivate others by working as a certified speaker, executive coach, and, of course, as Santa Claus himself.

To make this year’s Santa visit to her branch extra special, Texas Citizens Bank West University bank manager, Irene Duque, sent personalized invites from Santa to customers that came to see Santa in years past.

“They absolutely loved it,” said Irene. “Usually, it’s the parents that get the flyers, but this event is for the kids. It made sense for the kids to get their own special invites from Santa. It makes the whole experience that much more real.”

While the Clauses are no longer in West University, they are scheduled for one more special stop before Christmas.

From 9 to 11 a.m. on Dec. 24, Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be at Texas Citizens Bank’s headquarters in Pasadena. Once again, the bank invites families to bring their own cameras for photos and cookies with the jolly couple. Specially frosted Christmas cookies from Pasadena’s Savannah Café & Bakery will be handed out to the first dozen people that show. Additionally, other holiday treats will be available throughout the morning.

To learn more about Santa’s upcoming visit to Pasadena, view Texas Citizens Bank Facebook page and select Events from the sidebar menu.

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