It's December, and we all know what that means, Santa Claus is coming to town. We caught up with Mr. Claus at NorthPark Center in Dallas to get answers to eight questions we have all been curious about here at WFAA.com. From giving us a hint on what Mrs. Claus will be receiving this year to talking about his close elf companions, we got some pretty good insight into the jolly man from the North Pole. We even got in some bonus questions!
1.) Christmas is upcoming! So we know the Santa requests are coming! What have children been asking you for the most this year?
It's going to be a very techie Christmas for a lot of kids with lots of game systems like Nintendo DS and Xbox, not to mention iPAD-this and i-that. Fortunately, for this old fashioned toy maker, the younger kids still want dollies like Barbie, Ariel and Strawberry Shortcake, or cars, trucks and choo-choo trains.
2.) How do you know when someone’s been naughty or nice?
I would like to clear this up. There are no bad children, just ones that get tired, grumpy, and forget to cooperate, and so do plenty of grown-ups. All kids are by their nature good and deserve to be cared about and get something from us at Christmas.
3.) What are you getting Mrs. Claus this year?
It's a surprise, so let's just say it sparkles and shimmers and she will probably still be wearing it next Christmas.
4.) Santa’s known for enjoying food! What treat do you like to find inside homes when making your present deliveries?
Traditionally, I enjoy milk and cookies, especially chocolate chip. However, this year, I've been told I might get pizza, pancakes, chicken nuggets and even veggies from a little one who worried I was getting too fat.
5.) We know you’re busy in the fall prepping for Christmas, but what do you like to do to relax during the summer?
Maggie, Mrs. C., and I like to go ice fishing and sightseeing. We may go on a safari this year to Africa. We love animals and it would be great fun to ride an elephant.
6.) What type of good deeds do you like to see kids doing?
Trying to help and care about others, especially those in need. Most children are like the little 5-year-old boy who told me, "My heart is very caring about everyone."
7.) What’s your favorite Christmas song?
It keeps changing, but right now it's between "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," the Bruce Springsteen version.
8.) What’s an essential item you have or wear while you’re out making deliveries?
Usually a companion, one of the elves like Gruffin, Tuffin or Trouble, or my puppy Widget.
What has been one of your biggest surprises while bringing presents to homes worldwide?
Fires in the fireplace are always unwelcome as I hate to burn my boots. Little ones peeking out of the window can startle the reindeer and throw them off course. And one year there in Texas, a young boy, instead of cookies and milk, left me out Cheetos and a beer.
Lastly, do you have a message for little boys and girls this year?
It's the season of giving and the best gifts - smiles, hugs, waves and greetings - are free and feel good. Just give your love away and it will come right back to you. It's good to see your smiles and eyes shining bright and I'll be by with toys on Christmas Eve night.
I would also like kids to know that I tell stories during a special story time at NorthPark Center every day at 10:30 a.m. and noon on Sundays. They, and their folks, can keep up with me on my very own blog, Santasays.org.
Merry Christmas everyone,
You can get your portrait taken with Sant Claus at NorthPark Center until December 24 for free at level one in Macy's Court.
Monday-Saturday : 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Christmas Eve: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.