NANCY BURNLEY, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A nudist group in Southern California is celebrating Christmas with a special event at its summer camp.
The Santa Monica County Board of Supervisors voted to approve the camp this week to honor Santa and his elf friends.
Santa Monica resident Rebecca Hirschman, 33, said the group has been planning to open its own nudist beach and camping site for a year, and it’s finally happening.
“We are excited and honored to be celebrating Christmas here in the Bay Area with our friends,” she said.
“I’ve always been a nudie, but I’ve never been able to get to the beach and the beach is the only thing I’ve really been able do in my life.”
The camp will be open year-round, and the camp will have a tent-style tent.
Hirschmann said she and her husband have a little boy, and their family is a bit of a mix.
They’ll be doing things that aren’t necessarily in the traditional way, but she said they’re all on the same page.
They plan to have a Santa and elf-themed party this year, with Santa and the elf dancing and having Santa-themed meals.
The park and pool will be decorated with Santa-style Christmas decorations.
Humble Naturist Camp will host its annual Christmas event at the camp on Wednesday night, and Hirschmants husband, Sean, will also be at the event.
The camp is not accepting reservations, but you can sign up online.
Himmers children, ages 8 to 10, and a couple of adult naturists are also scheduled to attend.
Santa has been a Santa at the nudist spot for years, and he’s very popular, said Heather C. Dickson, a spokeswoman for the Santa Monica nudist club.
Santa will come dressed as Santa, but not all of his clothes will be white.
He’ll be wearing red and white shorts, white socks and red shoes.
There will also likely be Santa-related activities like Santa-stuffed toys and toys for children.
Santa is also a regular at the club’s annual holiday parties, Dickson said.
Santa’s presence at the beach will help the club and other naturist groups, but it’s just a small part of what the Santa Monicas do, Denton said.