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December 22, 2012

Local kids talk Santa

'There's a lot of kids, and they want toys'

MOOERS — Lucas Hemingway is certain that Santa Claus is aware of his desire for a four-wheeler this Christmas.

Why? Because the second-grader’s father told Santa himself.

“My dad knows him,” said the Mooers Elementary School student.

But children whose parents aren’t best buds with Santa need not worry that the jolly old elf doesn’t know what they’re wishing for, according to third-grader Odin Nelson, who also attends the school, “cause he’s always watching us.”

The Press-Republican recently asked Lucas, Odin and some of their schoolmates to share with us what they know about Mr. Claus and his helpers.

Here’s what we found out:

Santa lives at the North Pole, and in order to get there, said third-grader Haven Dragoon, “you go through a couple continents.”

While Old St. Nick generally travels to and from his home in a sleigh, according to Maggie Sample, there is another way to get there.

“You could drive there, too,” said the third-grader.

Odin, however, advises against driving to the North Pole.

“You can get there by a car, but I don’t know if I would travel out there with a car, though, ‘cause it would probably freeze,” he said. “You’d probably have a lot of problems going because it would be so cold ‘cause the motor would end up freezing or something.”

‘BREAKS UP FOG’

Also living at the North Pole are elves, whose job it is, Gabe Surprenant said, to make toys.

“There’s a lot of kids, and they want toys, so the elves have to make toys for them because if he (Santa) was all alone, it would take for a long time to do it,” said the second-grader.

Besides, Lucas noted, Santa is too busy to make the toys himself.

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