Grandfather spreads holiday cheer through simple act

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (WDTV)-- If you take a drive along East Grafton Road, you will spot a bright home decorated with Christmas cheer, along with Hansford Bailey Junior and his two grandsons.

"We just absolutely enjoy sitting out here hearing the cars go by with people blowing their horns and yelling Merry Christmas and it is exciting," said Bailey.

The holiday tradition started when Bailey decided to take on the role as Santa for his family.

"Four years ago, I told my wife that if I would sit out here and dress up as Santa, my grandson has autism, and if I dressed up he would be able to get pictures with Santa. So I dressed up and came out here and sat down. He jumped up on my lap and said, 'I love you papaw Santa' and that is where it all started," said Bailey.

Not only is the simple gesture fun for his family, but it is also a hit with the community.

"People going by can enjoy the spirit of Christmas. It is just my way of giving back to the community and to the people. We have everything set up here so that if people want to stop by and bring their cameras they can get a picture with Santa and then they can take their cameras to print them out and it doesn't cost them anything," said Bailey.

Snow, rain, or shine, Bailey and his grandsons are outside greeting drivers.

"It gives me a chance to spend time with my grandchildren. I'm out here at least two hours every evening from Thanksgiving up until Christmas," said Bailey.

Bailey served in the military for over 20 years. He hopes this small act will bring a smile to others this holiday season.

He also recently took his grandchildren to the Children's Hospital in Morgantown to greet kids and pass out candy canes.