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Ramblin’ Guy: Santa sticks to his story: ‘No comment’

Jon Randles

Posted: December 24, 2009 5:32 p.m.
Updated: December 25, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Santa Claus, making final preparations for his yearly trip, declined comment to a Signal reporter on Thursday.

 
Danny Marroquin, 7, waited eagerly in the mall to tell Santa Claus what he wanted for Christmas, just mere hours before the jolly old elf had to take off on his worldwide delivery run.

“I want an alarm clock so I can wake up on time for school,” Marroquin said. “I also want a Nerf gun and a motorized scooter. That would be nice.”

Danny was one of hundreds of kids waiting in line to get their pictures taken with Claus at the Westfield Valencia Town Center on Christmas Eve.

This Signal reporter also waited for Claus on Thursday, armed with hard-hitting questions: How has the economic recession affected North Pole toy production? Does he pay his elves a living wage? Are the rumors true about Mrs. Claus and Tiger Woods?
But this reporter didn’t get his Christmas wish.

Claus wouldn’t speak to the media without written consent from Santa’s Village corporate offices. When reached by phone, Corporate officials said they don’t allow the big man to talk to the press.

Shauna Rice, the manager of Santa’s Village said fewer people have come to see Claus this year than in years past. Families typically had to wait up to three hours in line before getting to Saint Nick — this year lines usually haven’t taken more than an hour to get through, she said.

“I don’t know if families have been coming earlier, or if it’s because of the economy, but Claus hasn’t been very busy this year,” Rice said. She has managed Santa’s Village for seven years.

Danny’s mom, Ana Marroquin, didn’t let the fact Claus was on his lunch break dash her hopes for a snapshot. Armed with red-and-white elf hats and a digital camera, she posed her children in front of a Christmas tree and began shooting pictures of her kids while they waited.

Danny’s 13-year-old brother, Luis, tried to take off his elf hat before his mom took the pictures. His mom gently reminded him it would be in his best interest to drop the attitude.

No doubt the fact that Claus hadn’t finished his naughty-and-nice list — and probably still had gift receipts — factored into Luis’ decision to comply.

Ana Marroquin said she had to wait until the day before Christmas to get her kids’ picture taken because it was the only time over the last few weeks she could get her entire family together.      

After observing the heart-warming family moment, this intrepid investigator went off in search of the answers that Santa wouldn’t deliver.

The inquisition led to mall fixture Hot Dog On a Stick. But despite some tasty tidbits learned about Santa Claus, the mystery remains unsolved — a processed, meaty riddle encased in a deep-fried, corny mystery.

Brittany Duncan, the manager at the store, said Santa’s helpers buy Claus two corn dogs each day for lunch — placing Claus among her best customers.

Even after all these years, there isn’t much known about Claus. But one new fact came to light, and you read it first in The Signal:

“I guess Santa Claus likes Hot Dog on a Stick,” Duncan said.

Jonathan Randles is a staff writer for The Signal.


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