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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Four-year-old Elizabeth Hope Houk tells Santa Claus what she wants for Christmas at Santa's special house in Forest Park. Elizabeth is the daughter of Jeff and Melinda Houk. [Order this photo]
* Santa bids Clay County farewell in preparation of big day

For the past several weeks, Santa Claus has taken up residence in Clay County.

He has managed to take time out of his busy schedule to meet with county children on Thursdays and Fridays at his special home in Forest Park.

On Thursday, just before he made preparations to leave for his big evening, Jolly 'Ol Saint Nick took some time to discuss his stay in Clay County with The Brazil Times.

"We've been really busy," Santa said. "It's been really steady."

Since the Christmas In The Park annual Christmas Parade, Santa said he has a "blast" meeting with all the children at his special home..

"I enjoy seeing all the sweet kids and being a part of their Christmas," Santa said. "Clay County is my family. It's home."

He said he enjoyed the hospitality offered by the Christmas In The Park organization and its representatives.

"They are fabulous," Santa said.

He shared a story about meeting a child who was upset when she met with him. As she sat on Santa's lap, she started to cry.

"She was upset that I couldn't spend time with my family," Santa said.

"But I told her, "All of you are my family.'"

Just before having Rudolph lead the team of reindeer through the night sky, Santa said his elves "were in the process" of getting all those toys ready for Christmas Day.

"They have been diligent," Santa said. "We're just waiting for that magical hour."

As he stepped onto his sleigh and told Rudolph to lead the way home, he said he wanted to share this message with all Clay Countians.

"Christmas is magical," he said. "It's a memory and an enjoyable experience. Always keep Christmas in your heart."

As he sped off in his sleigh heading toward the North Pole, he also shared this.

Cayden Sawyer, 4, talks Christmas with Santa. Cayden is the son of Scott and Shavawn Sawyer. [Order this photo]
"Merry Christmas to one and all."

Lauren Westen Haver, 8, tells Santa what she wants for Christmas. Lauren is the daughter of Rob and Nicki Westen Haver. [Order this photo]

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Thanks Santa for your time with us in Clay Co. Have a nice vacation. My kids loved their visit with you in the park. See you next year.

-- Posted by patriotgames on Fri, Dec 24, 2010, at 10:50 PM

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