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Spill it: A conversation with Santa Claus

Friday, December 7, 2007 | 3:00 p.m. CST; updated 12:20 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Santa Claus takes a break at the Columbia Mall.

From now until Christmas Eve, Columbia Mall visitors can get to know the one and only Santa Claus.

But realizing the holiday season is a busy time of year and not everyone will have the chance to meet him in person, Mr. Claus responded to a few questions.

What’s your favorite part of the holiday season?

“Choosing just the right gift for every boy and girl ... and cookies!”

Tell us what you like most about Columbia.

“I love visiting with boys and girls because they are so excited about Christmas. Also, most of the children are on my nice list; I only had to deliver coal to a handful of boys and girls this year.”

How does Columbia weather compare to the North Pole?

“It feels like summer around here compared to the North Pole.”

What are the most popular toys and games this year?

“Lots of electronic gadgets such as iPods, (Nintendo) Wiis, cameras and cell phones, but a puppy is still a popular request.”

What’s the craziest thing a kid has ever asked for?

“A few years ago, a little boy asked me if he could have Rudolph. I told him I’m sure Rudolph would love to live with him, but without Rudolph I wouldn’t be able to deliver presents to all the boys and girls around the world. After thinking about that, he thought it would be best if Rudolph stayed with me.”

What do you say to the kids who tug on your beard?

“I usually give them a wink and a smile.”

Do your knees ever get tired?

“No, I work out during the off-season.”

How does Mrs. Claus feel about you working so hard during this time of year?

“She works just as hard as I do during this time of year, and we take a well-deserved vacation right after Christmas.”

Describe in one word how you feel the day after Christmas.

“Joyful”

SANTA’S HOURS:

Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m; 2-5 p.m.; 6-9 p.m.

Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.

Santa will also be hosting Pet Night fom 6-8 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18.

— Kristina Sherry


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