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WayneAmerica.com EXCLUSIVE — Santa makes his way around Wayne

Daryl and Amy Mundil were making the rounds today dressed as Santa and Mrs. Claus. Daryl delivers mail for the Wayne Post Office and they were seen Friday walking around the neighborhood by Wayne Elementary School, making one last check of Santa’s list here in town before he makes his big delivery this weekend on Christmas Eve. (Photo by Michael Carnes)

Boys and girls in Wayne America, make sure you’re being extra good this weekend.

Why?

Because Santa is in town and he’s keeping a close eye on all the little boys and girls who are trying extra hard this week to be good.

It’s true — Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus were out walking the neighborhoods around town Friday morning and afternoon. Mrs. Claus handed out candy canes while Mr. Claus was checking in on everybody while he helped the local Post Office with their Friday mail deliveries.

WayneAmerica.com got an exclusive one-on-one interview with Jolly Ol’ St. Nick as he took a break to feed his reindeer over the lunch hour.

WA — So tell us, Santa . . . are there a lot of good boys and girls here in Wayne?

SC — Ho Ho Ho Ho . . . oh, just about all of them are very good boys and girls, and it’s been a busy year for the elves back at the North Pole. It’s a good thing Amazon.com has that Prime option where we can get last-minute parts for some of those tough-to-build toys. I don’t know how we did it before the Internet came along.

WA — How long does it take to put all those toys together and get them organized for you to deliver them?

SC — Oh ho ho . . . it’s not an easy job and it takes a lot of work. Mrs. Claus is always busy baking Christmas cookies for us to snack on during our coffee breaks. Some of the elves have some vacation time built up from all the busy times we’ve had here recently, so they’ll take a couple of weeks off in the spring and then get right back to work. We have a great system in place and it all seems to come together every holiday.

WA — I’m sure you probably see a little weight gain this time of year with all the cookies and milk the kids like to leave out for you on Christmas Eve.

SC — Well it’s funny you mention that, little fella . . . I was having some stomach issues last Christmas and went to see the doctor, and as it turns out I’m lactose intolerant. He suggested replacing the milk with something warm like hot apple cider or some coffee. There’s always some good warm toddies waiting for me back at the North Pole when I get home, and we try to save some of the cookies for the elves when we get back. They really love the chocolate chip cookies and the oatmeal raisin cookies are a big hit as well. Ho ho ho — we’ve had wrestling matches over the last plate of cookies some years.

WA — What kind of protocol do you have to go through so the reindeer can fly your sleigh? Do you have to work with the Federal Aviation Administration so you don’t cross any flight patterns?

SC — Ho ho ho . . . I’ll tell you what, the reindeer love to race some of those 747’s as they fly in the sky on Christmas Eve. One time, we got a little too close to one and Rudolph almost got sucked through one of the jets on this big Boeing bird that was headed to Miami. That was a close call, so we try to make sure we’re not getting in anybody’s way up in the air. That would be a tough way to celebrate a Christmas if Dasher and Dancer and the rest of the guys crashed with a DC-10.

WA — So when will you be making your final rounds here in Wayne America?

SC — Well, we’ve been delivering the mail today and making sure all our delivery points are set up, and then Mrs. Claus and I will head back to the North Pole tomorrow morning and get ready for the big day. The elves have been tuning up the sleigh and the reindeer are in the barn getting ready for another few trips around the world Sunday night. Blitzen has been dealing with some rotator cuff issues and Cupid has had the sniffles the past couple of days, but everybody's ready to go and we should be back in Wayne America sometime after midnight so all the good boys and girls can open their Christmas presents bright and early on Monday morning.

WA — Am I getting a present???

SC — HO HO HO HO HO . . . I’m sure there will be a little something in your stocking, young man. You and everybody in Wayne America will have a joyous holiday. Merry Christmas to all . . .

WA — And to all a good night?

SC — HO HO HO HO . . . You got it, little fella.

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