You Won't Believe It's Not Santa

You love the holidays, but you're just not into the old guy in the red suit. Or maybe you like Santa fine, but you prefer comic books to a re-reading of " 'Twas the Night Before Christmas." Luckily for you, Tate's Comics (4566 N. University Drive, Lauderhill) is here to rescue you from your pedestrian Christmas traditions. Throughout December, the shop is hosting photo ops with substitute Santas. This Saturday, share a seat with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Raphael from 1 to 3 p.m., and on Sunday, snuggle up to everyone's favorite knight of the dark side, Darth Vader, from 1 to 3 p.m. Meeting and getting a photo taken with a stand-in Santa is free. You can use your own camera, or Tate's will snap a picture for you to download from its Facebook page. Or for $3, get your photo in a fun commemorative frame. Tate's also offers free gift wrapping if you'd like to do some last-minute Christmas shopping. Call 954-748-0181, or visit tates­comics.com. Rebecca Dittmar
Sat., Dec. 22, 1-3 p.m., 2012
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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