Santa Claus once again returns as the guest of honor at the Southside Community Center’s breakfast and photos with Santa events.
Kids of all ages are invited to enjoy a hot breakfast and pose for a photo with Santa.
Last week, Mr. Claus flew in from the North Pole and rested his tired tootsies by the Center’s cheery fireplace, to answer a few questions from The Spokesman-Review.
He set a heavy, thick leather-bound book on the table in front of him.
SR: Is that the naughty and nice list?
Santa: I don’t keep the naughty list in a book. This is the nice list. Numbers are up this year.
SR: And on the naughty list?
Santa, eyes twinkling: Numbers are up on the nice list this year. It’s simple to get on the nice list – the hard part is staying on it.
SR: Santa, you’re looking well despite this being such a hectic time of year.
Santa: Thank you. I’ll be 674 years old on March 14!
SR: Your trademark red suit is so cheery, but do you wear it every day?
Santa: No, just during the Christmas season.
SR: Supply chain issues have been in the news lately. Any problems with supply chain at the North Pole?
Santa: Ho! Ho! Ho! No supply chain issues at the North Pole. My elves have been very busy, thousands and thousands of them working away.
SR: We know the elves make the toys in your workshop, but where do you source those lumps of coal?
Santa: I cannot divulge the exact location, but I can tell you it comes from Black Diamond, Washington, and is shipped up to the North Pole.
SR: You won’t be posing with pets at Southside this year, but people seem to love getting photos of their pets with you. Do the pets enjoy it?
Santa: No, they do not.
SR: Sometimes children don’t enjoy it either. What do you do when a child starts crying?
Santa, rubbing knees: I pray they’re not wearing shoes with hard heels.
SR: Does Santa get presents, and if so, who are they from?
Santa: I do get gifts and they’re mostly handmade things given to me by children. Back in 2003, a little girl came up to me and handed me a beautifully wrapped box. She wanted me to open it right then, so I did. Inside, was a dime. It came from her piggy bank. I still have it.
SR: We know you love cookies, but do you have a favorite Christmas candy?
Santa: Peppermint candy canes are my favorite.
SR: What’s the best depiction of Santa Claus in a film?
Santa: “The Polar Express.” It’s also the truest depiction of the North Pole.
SR: You’ve been visiting the Southside Community Center for several years. Why is this one of your pre-Christmas stops?
Santa: One word: special. Southside people are just special.
SR: What’s the best thing about being Santa Claus?
Santa: Seeing a kid’s face light up when they get something that they truly want. It’s like a light bulb! Being Santa is the best job in the world.
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