Santa Claus stopped at the Scotland Memorial Library on Wednesday to take a few last-minute Christmas orders from Scotland County children.
Requests included dirtbikes, scooters, tablets, and e-readers, with 6-year-old Jayden Chavis asking for good health for everyone in his family.
“I want a Wreck It Ralph Game and some other Wii games,” said Nathaniel Harrington, 10. “I haven’t seen the movie, I just want to play it.”
In children’s priorities, time with family came a close second to the anticipation of gifts under the tree.
“I get to spend time with my family, that’s one of my favorite thing about Christmas,” said Ronald Perry, 10, who asked Santa for a football and video games to liven up his Christmas morning. “Last year we went to my aunt’s house, and the year before that everyone came to our house when we lived in a different state.”
In return for a promise to fulfill Christmas wishes, Santa had a request of his own: chocolate chip cookies and a cold glass of milk waiting for him on Christmas Eve. Between himself and the elves at the North Pole, he told the children, he can put away thousands of cookies. Fortunately, many families are already hard at work preparing for his arrival.
“My favorite part of Christmas is Christmas Eve because every Christmas Eve Santa comes to deliver the presents,” said Mondale Patterson, Jr., 6, who expects to unwrap an Xbox 360, a new PSP, and a tablet on Christmas morning. “I’ve been watching videos of it at school. We put up the Christmas tree and outside we have some Christmas bushes, and we’re putting a Christmas blanket on the table.”
Children will have a few more opportunities to catch up with Santa before Christmas, as the Wagram Community Center will host him for breakfast on Saturday. A breakfast of pancakes and hot chocolate will be served from 9-10 a.m., with Christmas activites from 10-10:45 a.m. and pictures with Santa from 10:45-11:30 a.m.
Admission is $2 per person, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Call Lakisha Williams at 369-0686 for information.
Visitors to Candy Cane Wonderland in McColl, S.C. can also visit with Santa on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 6-10 p.m. He will be back from Dec. 21-23 at the same times.