Although he won't be sliding down chimneys this Christmas, Miller will play Saint Nicholas, as he has for the past nine years, at a number of events throughout Arbutus with his wife of 34 years, Joeline Miller acting as Mrs. Claus.
It all began when Miller's friend, a day care director, asked him to play Santa Claus and he agreed.
"I told her I didn't have a suit," Miller said, seated in his cozy living room, surrounded by orange and yellow Thanksgiving decorations.
He made a suit out of a pair of overalls and put presents in a tool belt.
Now he has two real Santa suits, complete with black boots and a custom made belt.
And while most people were preparing their Thanksgiving dinners, the Millers were getting into the Christmas spirit.
Beginning with their appearance Nov. 29 at the Dewey Lowman American Legion Post 109's Breakfast with Mr. and Mrs. Claus event, the couple will spend the much of the month listening to the Christmas lists of dozens of children.
They will also spread the Christmas cheer at the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department's annual old-fashioned train garden, the Arbutus Town Hall's Breakfast with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, the Arbutus Business and Professional Association's Santa House and other nonprofits in the Baltimore area.
All of those events in the Arbutus community are free, said the couple, who have lived on Carville Avenue since 1993.
Miller, who works for the U.S. Department of Defense, is also a member of the Arbutus Town Hall and the Dewey Lowman Post.
"It's been worthwhile to do this, giving back to the kids," said Joeline, who taught in Baltimore County public schools for 27 years. "The return is worth the cost that we put in."
The couple has been to two Santa Claus schools: one at Claus Fest in Gatlinburg, Tenn. last April and another in Santa Claus, Ind. in 2002, where they learned how to be a better Mr. and Mrs. Claus duo.
Over the past nine years, Miller has listened to the Christmas wishes of thousands of children, he said.
They have dozens of stories to tell, some sad and some funny.
Joeline recalled one year when a little girl said all she wanted for Christmas was her mother who was dying of cancer, to live.