Santa and breakfast a hit at mall

November 29, 1992|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

It looked like snack time in a kindergarten, this congregation of youngsters drinking and spilling apple juice, dropping muffin crumbs and racing toy cars up and down the tables.

They had just sat on Santa's lap, told him about the Barbie dolls and other toys they wanted for Christmas and now were enjoying a free Breakfast with Santa at the Harundale Mall.

"When your are 7 years old, it's fun," said Connie Schoolman of Glen Burnie. She should know. She brought her 6-year-old niece and 7-year-old daughter, both of whom could hardly wait for the 10 a.m. serving yesterday.

"They were dressed up and ready to go," Ms. Schoolman said. "They get to tell Santa what they want for Christmas."

Her daughter, Monica, wanted something called a "Fantastic Flower," which her mother described as "a thing that makes a flower."

But Ms. Schoolman said she liked the idea of breakfast, especially since the mall for the first time provided tables where children and parents could sit. An estimated 300 children went through the line Saturday morning.

"Turnout has been real good this year," said Duane Arisman, a 61-year-old Pittsburg man who played Santa. He has his own fluffy, white beard.

His wife, Beatrice, plays the part of Mrs. Claus and takes %J pictures.

"It's always a pleasure to come see Santa Claus, even with my grandchildren," said Mark Farley of Glen Burnie, who was busy trying to keep 2-year-old Sarah Priebe from spilling her juice on her shirt while keeping an eye on 5-year-old Rachel.

"They are a handful," Mr. Farley said.

"This is the first time we've done this," said Sarah's mother, Teri Priebe. "They like to to see Santa Claus any time."

Sometimes, food overshadowed the main event. Bethenne Snuffer, 3, wouldn't come to see Santa unless breakfast was served.

"She's scared of him," her mother, Tammy Snuffer, explained. "But this time, she sat on his lap. She even talked."

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