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Santa comes to town for the day

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 28th, 2012

Holly Sow/ Arizona Silver Belt
Christina and Michael Esparza, brother and sister, visit with Santa during his stopover in Globe on Saturday. Children of all ages lined up to tell the big man in red their Christmas wishes and to make sure they were on the “nice” list.

Globe — A special guest arrived at the train depot Saturday morning and he brought a little Christmas magic with him. The line of excited children extended around the perimeter of the depot and trailed outside into the parking lot as little ones waited excitedly for their chance to whisper a bit of gifting advice into Santa’s ear.

Kip Culver, who has been in charge of making certain Santa arrives safely for the past 10 years, said the best way to get hold of the old elf is a letter to the North Pole.

“E-mail doesn’t work too well,” he said. Obviously the children already knew that, because many of them came ready to drop their lists into the mail box set up especially for that purpose.

Although it is a challenge to find a place big enough to park all of Santa’s reindeer, the rest is easy, Culver said.

“Santa likes coming to Globe,” he said. “It’s such a nice break to get down here for the nice weather.”

The children were bursting with secrets to whisper into Santa’s ear.

Ten-year-old Aubrey Mikeworth, of Globe, was looking forward to a merry Christmas. She could barely contain herself as she anticipated her first Christmas gift due to arrive that day. “I’m getting my Christmas present today,” she smiled. “Two ferrets.”

Six-year-old Gabriel Mikeworth was also excited about the new pets who had recently been rescued from a home that couldn’t provide for them.

On the other hand, cold hard cash seemed to be the highest on his list. “I’m going to tell Santa I want $10,” he said. “I can save it for when I get old and I have a car and I’m going to save it for a phone.”

Three-year-old Kelly Enders, of Globe, is hoping for “toys — princess ones — and a horsy.”

Four-year-old Alleene Moore, of Globe, is hoping for a new dog. “I want a pet like my other dog, Patrick,” she said.

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