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Website offers alternative photos of Black Santa

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When it comes to Christmas traditions, some people see shades of gray, while for other people things are black and white. So it'll come as no surprise that not everyone agrees about Black Santa.

Ja'Nice Sparks has collected them since 1999. She owns 212 Black Santas: dolls, figurines, ornaments. This time of year, they are clustered in small groups all around her southeast Houston home.

"Being an African-American female, I thought it was an amazing thing to see a Black Santa. So then I thought, why not collect?"

This week, a Houston-based website – www.jollyblacksanta.com – began offering customized photos of Black Santa to help parents prove he was in their house.

Customers simply upload a photo of their own living room and position Black Santa by the tree. And presto! Even the most skeptical youngsters will come away convinced.

The star of the site is Robert Howard, who has been playing Black Santa for six years now. He says adults always seem to make a bigger deal out of Santa's race than the kids do.

"They're coming into the world more smarter, more wiser than we are," said Howard. "And it seem like it all begins at home. If you give respect, you get respect in return. And it ain't about the color of your skin."

Not everyone agrees. We put the question to our FOX 26 Facebook page and opinions were strong, across the board.

Here's what Lori Carney Lafferty commented: "Really?...Let's just break with ALL traditions JUST to be politically correct."

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