Santa’s keeping tabs as Christmas nears

From the staff of The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com Published: December 21, 2008
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photo - Santa Claus tries to make 2-year-old Sienna Smithson of Yukon smile while having their picture made at Penn Square Mall on Dec. 12. PHOTOS BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKAHOMAN
Santa Claus tries to make 2-year-old Sienna Smithson of Yukon smile while having their picture made at Penn Square Mall on Dec. 12. PHOTOS BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKAHOMAN
Four more days until Christmas, last-minute gifts to think about ... and, as Andy Williams would say, "It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” So it makes sense that this Sunday’s Conversation is with Santa Claus. Santa has been called many things, but he told us that one of his job titles is the granter of wishes.

We caught up with Santa at Penn Square Mall, where he heard the wishes of many Oklahoma City children. We asked Santa what he thinks about the Oklahomans he’s seen this year and to share one big secret.

Q: Santa, have Oklahoma children been naughty or nice this year?

A: For the most part, they’ve been on the nice list. There are a few, though, that are on the bad list, and they really will have to work for the next (four) days not to be on that list.

Q:What is the most asked-for item?

A: A Wii, (Nintendo) DS, all your electronic things more than anything else. And they don’t ask for just one; they ask for all!

Q: Have children asked for themselves or for loved ones?

A: They’ve been asking me for both. ... This year, I’ve had a couple of kids ask for my help with their parents, if there is something I can do. ...

I always tell them I’ll pray for them.

Q: What does Christmas mean to Santa Claus?

A: Ah, well, it’s the birth of our Lord and Savior, that’s what it really means. This all is really nice, and I love being with the kids and doing all that, but it’s still important to remember what the real reason is.

Q: Santa, tell us a secret. How fast do your sleigh and reindeer go?

A: Gee, if I told you that, then I’d have to make you an elf! They have to work almost 24 hours a day. It’s hard work!

Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good night!



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