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Archive for Sunday, December 21, 2008

Santa Claus reveals secrets of his trade

Sisters, from left, Morgan, 7, Addison, 3, and Kyleigh Leslie, 9, try to keep their composure while visiting with Santa. Larry Freeman, who has portrayed Santa Claus in the Lawrence Christmas Parade for several decades, has conducted picture sessions at Weaver’s, 901 Mass., every year for at least the past 10 years.

Sisters, from left, Morgan, 7, Addison, 3, and Kyleigh Leslie, 9, try to keep their composure while visiting with Santa. Larry Freeman, who has portrayed Santa Claus in the Lawrence Christmas Parade for several decades, has conducted picture sessions at Weaver’s, 901 Mass., every year for at least the past 10 years.

December 21, 2008

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A Q & A with Santa

Who has been naughty and who has been nice? We asked Santa some of the season's most pressing questions. In between visits from children at Weaver's department store, Santa, also known as Larry Freeman, answered our questions. Enlarge video

Larry Freeman, left, meets with Amelia Thies, 5, for a polaroid photo Saturday in Weaver’s, 901 Mass. Freeman, who has been Lawrence’s most famous Santa Claus for several decades, will appear in Weaver’s again from 1 to 4 p.m. today and for a few hours on Christmas Eve.

Larry Freeman, left, meets with Amelia Thies, 5, for a polaroid photo Saturday in Weaver’s, 901 Mass. Freeman, who has been Lawrence’s most famous Santa Claus for several decades, will appear in Weaver’s again from 1 to 4 p.m. today and for a few hours on Christmas Eve.

Santa, also known as Larry Freeman, chats with Joseph Rice, 3, as Joseph’s mother, Kelly Rice, snaps a photo with a digital camera Saturday afternoon at Weaver’s Department Store in downtown Lawrence. Freeman says that he loves all kinds of cookies underneath the Christmas tree, and that there is no such thing as a bad cookie.

Santa, also known as Larry Freeman, chats with Joseph Rice, 3, as Joseph’s mother, Kelly Rice, snaps a photo with a digital camera Saturday afternoon at Weaver’s Department Store in downtown Lawrence. Freeman says that he loves all kinds of cookies underneath the Christmas tree, and that there is no such thing as a bad cookie.

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What is on your little one’s Santa list?

Anything that plays music for a 1-year-old and some dinosaurs.

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Who’s naughty and who’s nice?

We caught up Saturday afternoon with Lawrence’s beloved Santa Claus, also known as Larry Freeman, at Weaver’s to ask him. Between visits from children, Santa answered some of the season’s most pressing questions.

For those who haven’t quite finished their list, Santa will be at Weaver’s, 901 Mass., from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. today and in the afternoon on Christmas Eve.

Q: So Santa, are you ready for the big day?

A: I’m ready. I am always ready.

What do you do the day before Christmas?

Organize everything. Make sure that everybody is on the right list and get the sleigh ready.

So what are kids asking for this year?

We have gone digital a little bit. They are asking for some iPods and digital cameras. But overall, they still want the same things they have always wanted. And that is remote-controlled cars and Hot Wheels and baby dolls and Barbies. So that much doesn’t change.

Santa, we know times are tough this year. Has that made a difference on what kids ask for this year?

No, and it shouldn’t, OK? It shouldn’t make a difference. Times are tough, but times are tough for adults. It shouldn’t be times are tough for kids.

What’s the funniest or most unusual request you received this year?

Gee. I haven’t received any real unusual ones this year. You know one year I had a little girl ask me for a bell. That is all she wanted.

So nothing too funny this year?

No, no. They know what they want. They know what they want when they get here. Sometimes they are stage struck a little bit and lose their voices and can’t really say anything; they just look at me. But most of them know exactly what they want and are ready to tell me.

What do you have to do to get on the naughty list?

Well, you have to be really pretty bad. You know, we are pretty lenient with kids. We understand that they can have problems. You know, everyone has problems and everyone has bad days. So it’s pretty tough to get on the naughty list.

Is it too late to move from the naughty list to the nice one?

No. You can do that on the 24th. You can do that on the last minute before I get ready to leave the North Pole.

Are there many people getting coal this year?

No. We stop giving coal because it is too expensive. But I know one person that may get a lump of coal.

Who’s that?

Oh, I don’t dare say. But he will know that he got it from Santa.

What does Santa want for Christmas?

Oh gee, that’s tough. I just like more people to be happy. I would like to see a bunch of the people that I know personally that have lost jobs, I would like to see them back working again.

What’s your favorite cookie to get underneath the Christmas tree?

Oh, there is no favorite. I love all kinds. I try to explain to people that there is no such thing as a bad cookie.

Do you have a favorite reindeer?

No, I don’t. I tried doing that a couple of times, and then they got jealous, and when you’ve got jealousy amongst eight reindeer and Rudolph, it just doesn’t work.

Comments

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 6 years ago

"Who’s naughty and who’s nice?"Ronda, and tange, respectively.

Christine Anderson 6 years ago

I miss my ex-significant. He was sooo good at making the naughty list.

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