Cut off approximately 1/3 of the remaining dough ball and form a modified "U" shape which will form Santa's beard. Make sure to leave more dough at the bottom of the shape and taper it on each side. Use water to adhere the beard to Santa's face, pulling and patting until you get your desired shape.
Use a very sharp paring knife to cut slits in Santa's beard, and also to add details to the holly berries. *Note - It's easier to make several shallow cuts than one deep one. The deeper cut shallow cuts, the more the details will show after the second rise and bake.
Tools and equipment;
Stand mixer or large bowl with a wooden spoon, baking sheet, parchment, paper, water for joining dough pieces, olive oil spray, plastic wrap, red gel food color,
green gel food color, black gel food color, white gel food color (found online or at craft stores)