The white and gray hair and the beard are real.
Larry Boswell, 6 foot 2 inches tall and somewhere well above 300 pounds, admits, "The belly is plenty real, too."
And the smile, the laugh, are the genuine article, too.
Armed with all he needs for this particular job, Boswell leaves this weekend from the smallest town in South Carolina - Smyrna, population 52, not including the horses and cows and chickens - for military bases and hospitals all over the country as a fatigue-wearing "America's Santa."
Plus, the role stays with a Santa from right here in York County.
The role of America's Santa is part of the Spirit of Liberty Foundation and Believe in Santa Tour, run by a former Reagan White House events planner for the benefit of troops and wounded veterans.
Last year, Rock Hill's Dave Jordan - ChristmasVille's Santa, and the Santa at the Charlotte-Douglas airport, among other places - was America's Santa around the country and even in Iraq.
But Jordan's schedule - wait, Santa's schedule - this year was too booked up with other military and civilian commitments.
"I loved to do it, but Santa was just booked too full," Jordan said. "I had to call in to the North Pole for backup. I knew that Larry would be a great Santa. Looks the part, acts the part - is the part.
"You can't fake Santa."
Backup came in the form of 52-year-old Boswell, a truck driver at Filtration Group in York.
Boswell had played Santa for seniors and kids the past few years, but he was floored at the chance to go to military bases and troops hospitals to bring good cheer.
The guys at the plant where Boswell works know him by sight:
"Santa? He's the big guy driving the truck!"
"Beard. Belly. You can't miss him. We only got one Santa."
True, Boswell is the size of a bearded front-end loader, minus the backhoe.
He's a Marine Corps veteran and member of the Rolling Thunder veteran advocacy group, so the role comes naturally, too.
"I'm big, I'm kind of round, and I have love to give," said Boswell. "These troops, they are away at the holidays and some are in hospitals after losing legs or arms or with brain injuries.
"They need someone to cheer them up."
The job comes with a requirement to travel. Boswell's employer said sure, go ahead and help, and Boswell's wife, Sandy, gave the thumbs-up.
Sandy even postponed the couple's 30th wedding anniversary plans to allow Boswell to travel.
She now signs her name "Sandy Claus."
"This was one opportunity to serve others that Larry just couldn't pass up," Sandy Boswell-Claus said. "It is an honor. Everywhere we go, people come up to him and ask if he is Santa.
"Well, now he is America's Santa."
Starting with a Greenville-based military unit visit this weekend, Boswell will head to bases from New York to California, Washington to Texas, in a pair of four-day trips in the coming weeks.
He is expected to appear - as Jordan did last year - on Fox News' Fox & Friends morning show Monday morning.
Playing Santa Claus for large audiences is new to Boswell, but he's been practicing his "Ho! Ho! Ho!" and all the rest.
For years, kids have stopped him at gas stations, restaurants, grocery stores, asking, "Are you Santa?"
For the next couple of weeks, he sure is.
"Imagine, me, a truck driver, from little ol' Smyrna, and I am America's Santa," Boswell said. "I can't wait.
"Fire up the reindeer! Ready the sleigh!"