Members of 8-18 Media had a chance to do what millions of children all over the world wish for:?Meet and talk to Santa Claus
Two reporters from 8-18 Media, Aidan Pascoe and Anja Williams McBride, recently caught up with Santa Claus after a day of listening to area children's Christmas wishes at the Westwood Mall in Marquette. Here is what old St. Nick had to say:
8-18 Media: About how many children do you see each day, and are they all happy to see you?
Anja Williams McBride, left, and Aidan Pascoe, center, interview Santa Claus recently at The Westwood Mall. (8-18 Media photo)
Anja Williams McBride poses for a picture with Santa Claus after an interview recently at The Westwood Mall in Marquette. (8-18 Media photo)
Santa: I would say I see about 60 kids each day and most of them are very happy to see me.
8-18 Media: What are most of the kids asking for this year?
Santa: PlayStations, Xboxes, remote controlled cars and American Girl dolls are the big hits for this year.
8-18 Media: What are some of the unusual things kids ask for?
Santa: Cereal dispensersand reindeerare probably the most unique things kids have asked for.
8-18 Media: What touches you most when you talk to the children?
Santa: The trust the kids have when they come to me is what touches me the most.
8-18 Media: How do you deal with requests that are tough or impossible?
Santa: I just tell the children, 'I'll see what I can do', and if it's something I know I can't do I'll just say I don't think I can but I'll still see what I can do.
8-18 Media: Do you have any examples of funny or interesting things kids have said to you?
Santa: I did have a kid ask for an elf of mine so that the elf could help them do homework. That's probably the funniest thing I've had.
8-18 Media: What message do you have for the kids' behavior this time of year?
Santa: Santa gives a lot of chances but this is the time of year that they really have to take advantage of being extra good.
8-18 Media: What will you be doing on Christmas day after your long night?
Santa: I will probably be relaxing next to my fireplace with Mrs. Claus drinking hot cocoa.
8-18 Media: Is there anything you would like to add?
Santa: Just I wish everybody, especially all the children, a very merry Christmas.