By FELICIA KRIEG
---- — PLATTSBURGH — Three-year-old Mya Blaise waited patiently to see Santa Claus in the line at Champlain Centre.
“I want a purple coat,” she said.
“That’s all she’s been asking for,” said Mya’s mother, Brittany Blaise of Plattsburgh.
Santa sat in a green armchair between two reindeer. Some children peeked at him from their place in line and then clung to their mothers in fear.
But Champlain Centre Marking Director Amanda Walsh said that out of the 100 children who came to the mall see Santa on his first day there this year, only two weren’t able to muster enough courage to talk to him.
“Everyone was very excited,” Walsh said, looking at the many children who, after visiting Santa, were busy getting their faces painted, coloring and making ornaments with their families.
This more interactive experience replaced last year’s brunch with Santa, Walsh said.
As he stood in line waiting to sit on Santa’s knee, Nicholas Parker, 5, of Saranac said he wants a Spiderman glove that sprays a web and a Spiderman tent this year for Christmas.
Action-character toys and merchandise were popular with the boys.
Jordan Osborne, 4, would like a Darth Vader speeder bike from Santa.
There is an “elf on the shelf” named Hermy Comet who lives in his house in Peru that encourages Jordan to be good so Santa will bring him what he wants, said his mother, Jodie.
“Last night, he reported me a good report to Santa,” Jordan said.
While Jordan seems to enjoy many aspects of the holidays, he said he likes decorating the Christmas tree best.
The ornament that marks his little sister’s first Christmas is his favorite, he said. Juliana, 1, wearing a festive red dress, sat happily in her father’s lap, absorbing the activity around her.
Like Jordan, Isabel Bresett, 3, of Keeseville likes to decorate the Christmas tree each year. She had been to see Santa at the mall before, but this year will likely be the first time she will remember, said her mother, Shannon.
For Christmas, Isabel had been asking for a black, stuffed bear.
The older children wanted a little something more.
Kelsey Gebo, 11, asked for an iPad for Christmas, and her older sister, Kennedy, 15, wants a fifth-generation iPod Touch and a cardboard cutout of her favorite singer, Harry Styles of the British-Irish pop group One Direction.
Their younger sister, 10-year-old Kalli, wants a One Direction bedspread, Kalli said.
And although she was surrounded by children, many of whom were focused on what they wanted for themselves, Kalli spoke beyond her years when she said, “I think the real meaning of Christmas is giving and not receiving.”
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