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Santa Claus to fuel up in NH for big night

By JULIA ANN WEEKES
NH Weekend Editor
December 20. 2017 1:08PM

It takes a lot of energy to deliver gifts to boys and girls all over the world on Christmas Eve, so Santa Claus plans to fuel up with some extra milk and cookies Saturday in New Hampshire.

He’s scheduled to make a stop at the Merrimack Premium Outlets off Route 3 to sample some holiday treats, read “’Twas The Night Before Christmas” at the top of each hour from noon until 4 p.m., and pose for pictures with visitors.

In between overseeing work at the North Pole toy shop and prepping his sleigh for a long winter’s night, Santa took a moment to answer a few questions from the New Hampshire Union Leader about his pre-Christmas stop in the Granite State.

About how many children are you expecting to come Saturday?

I look forward to visiting with easily over 100 children during my final visit of the year to the Merrimack Premium Outlets. 

What do you like about visiting New Hampshire?

New Hampshire is a very beautiful, peaceful state with so many friendly children and families.

How do you keep up your strength during this very busy time of year?

I save 365 cookies from what I get from the children on Christmas Eve and eat one every day starting the day after Christmas.

I do so because they are made or given with love from the children and full of Christmas spirit, and that is all I need to stay focused and in shape.

Have you finished your own Christmas shopping?

My Christmas shopping ends when I make my last stop, because my gift to the world is joy, peace and love to all. 

What advice would you give to children trying hard to be good in December?

Always listen to your parents or guardians and respect people as you would want them to respect you.

Can you tell me one or two things that made you laugh or touched you when you came here to meet children and hear their wish lists?

More and more, children have told me they don’t need or want anything, (that they’d rather see) less-privileged children get something for Christmas, which is so touching because it is what Christmas is really about — giving and not just wanting.


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