Santa Claus took time out of his busy weekend before the big day to visit locations all around Grayson County. Spotted at Vitina’s Boiler Room in Sherman and Denison on Ice, Santa Claus was taking final gift requests from children and spending some time with his friends in Texoma on Saturday.
Breakfast at the Boiler Room Saturday included coffee, pastries and pictures with the big guy in red.
“I did not eat breakfast before I left the North Pole this morning,” Santa said. “I just fed the reindeer and made my way to Vitina’s. Since I have been here, I have been enjoying some nice iced tea.”
Santa said that the last few things needed for his Christmas Eve trip are being taken care of by the elves at the North Pole.
“I got a request for some socks as well as some remote control things like drones,” he said. “Everyone I know has been good and is on the good list.”
Alex Sassone, 6, took a trip to the Vitina’s Saturday to have breakfast with Santa as well as make sure St. Nick knows that he would like a drone and a Playstation 4 for Christmas.
Sassone does not visit Santa every year, but he was excited for the visit this weekend. Since he has been good this year, Santa believes Alex will get lucky with his gifts come Monday.
Erica Olson was also happy that Santa was making local visits to businesses this year. She said that she normally takes her 11-year-old and 2-year-old to visit Santa in cities closer to the Metroplex, but this year she wants to support small businesses and promote community with her children.
“We wanted to specifically see Santa and we had never been to the Boiler Room before,” she said. “We heard about their good coffee and breakfast items so we wanted to give this a try. It’s small and local and we love it.”
Olson also said that seeing Santa around town helps bring the stories her son hears about Santa to life.
“Seeing is believing,” she said. “When my son sees Santa, he knows that he is real.”
Over at Denison on Ice, Santa was happy to greet the youngsters who lined up to see him inside a big white tent. Though Santa didn’t actually get out on the ice, some of the kids who waited to see him were planning to skate after having their photo taken. The photos were sponsored by the city of Denison.
Bentlee, Jaxon and Cooper Cloud were with their parents for their first visit with Santa this year.
“We just haven’t seen Santa yet,” Monica Cloud said before adding that it was a great day to get out of the house and do something outside.
Inside the big white tent, Santa said, “I love Denison,” while he waited on the next group to get ready for their pictures with him.
Santa said he knows he can take a few hours away from the North Pole at this time of the year because Mrs. Claus and the elves have everything under control. He said the warmth in North Texas helps him get ready for that around-the-world trip that is coming up so soon he can hardly believe it.