It started off with my friend receiving a phone call from from an excited little girl Marlena, “Colleen please can you give us a ride to the airport, Santa is coming!” An hour later Colleen and I had 15 kids in her suburban and we made our way to the airport. Turns out the news had spread all over Facebook and many parents were busy dressing up their children warmly and hurriedly making their way to see Santa. No one was going to be late, the first 20 parents there would each get a turkey. Who misses an opportunity for free turkey?!
He was supposed to be there at 2:45. An hour later more than 100 children and patient parents were still waiting for him. Nobody was particularly upset about the delay, parents and friends, teachers and cousins, siblings and grandparents, police and nurses. We all just hang around waiting for him whilst the kids had a blast playing under the watchful eye of those that love them.
Then the plane arrived, there was much cheer and excitement as everyone made a mad dash for the plane. The joy was quickly dashed when the children reached the plane and found no Santa just the police telling everyone that it was a plane with inmates being flown in for court tomorrow. I could not help but chuckle, I am sure the inmates were confused at the warm greeting they were receiving from 100s of children.
Another 10 minutes and another flight came in, surely this HAD to be Santa, once again the children ran towards the flight with the same enthusiasm they had for the first flight. No, only cargo. By this time some parents were beginning to wonder if he was ever going to come.
Two hours after our arrival, he came with Mrs Santa and some helpers of course 🙂
Oh my word, the exhilarating joy, the smiles, the awe. Almost all just wanted to touch him. It was crazy! The two bottom pictures were the only ones I could manage before I ran away from all the frenzy. Definitely worth waiting to see.
Only in the north do you see 100s of children on a runway expectantly waiting for Santa.