J.J. Harris, 4, receives a hug from Santa, Saturday, at the Roswell Mall. He excitedly ran up to Santa to ask for a special present: a Thomas the Tank Engine set. Harris said he plans to leave strawberry milk and strawberry cupcakes out for Santa on Christmas Eve. (Amy Vogelsang Photo)
It’s almost Christmas, and that can only mean one thing: Santa Claus is coming to town! Or more accurately, he has already arrived.
That’s right. Santa has been spotted right here in Roswell.
Though during this time of year, there are many fake, “poser Santas” running about Roswell, the “Mall Santa” is, in fact, the real deal.
Santa is a busy man, but knowing there are many boys and girls (as well as adults) who have been dying to know a few fun facts about this magical, mysterious man we call Kris Kringle, The Record was able to secure an exclusive interview with the jolly man in the red suit.
RDR: So Santa, why are you here in Roswell?
Santa: Well, I’m just here to bring joy and cheer to all the children. I’m here checking my list, and I’m checking it twice.
RDR: Brilliant! And what is your favorite color? We always see you in red.
Santa: Red is my favorite color, and there are so many shades of red, but I like every one of them.
RDR: Now Mrs. Claus, did she make your suit for you?
Santa: Yes, she did.
RDR: Does she have to patch it up every year or do you get a new suit?
Santa: It lasts me about three years, and then I get a new one. It does real good, but sometimes I go down some dirty chimneys; then sometimes I have to change it. It puts some black spots on my beard and on my suit as well.
RDR: Does (Mrs. Claus) call you anything else, or does she call you Santa?
Santa: If she’s not mad at me she just calls me Santa. When she’s mad, she calls me Nicholas.
RDR: Oh, she pulls the full first name out! OK, and now your reindeer. Are they getting ready for the big trip?
Santa: Yes. They’re all on vacation right now. They’re all up on the roof — they watch me down through the roof there sometimes. And kids go up there and look at them sometimes.
RDR: What’s their favorite food to eat?
Santa: Their favorite food? Well, there’s usually reindeer corn, and they like that real well. Actually, they like my chocolate chip cookies, but I keep them out of those.
RDR: Speaking of cookies, we always leave you cookies and milk. Do you have a favorite kind of cookie?
Santa: Always chocolate chip cookies.
RDR: Always chocolate chip. Now, is it hard to keep off the weight?
Santa: Yes, it is. I get as skinny as I can ‘til now, then on Christmas day, I get real big again. Then, it takes all year to get skinny again so I can make room for more chocolate cookies.
RDR: When it’s not Christmas time, what are you doing? Do you go on vacations?
Santa: No, we’re still busy making toys. Once in a while, we try to take a spring break, but not very often.
RDR: Fair enough! And what would you say is your favorite part of Christmas?
Santa: Oh, it’s just got to be the kids … It’s got to be the kids.
RDR: And is there any kind of message you would like the kids to know this season?
Santa: Just keep your toys picked up, and be good to mom and dad.
So there you have it, boys and girls, right out of the mouth of Santa himself.
For those of you who would like to meet Santa and get a picture with him, he will be at the Roswell Mall Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., then, after feeding his reindeer, he will return from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sundays, he will be around from noon until 6 p.m.
Santa will also be available the Monday before Christmas, and until 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve for all of you last-minute folks.
“Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas!”