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LUCKY GIRL Lil­ian Porter was amazed when Santa him­self dropped in to her house in Su­gar­loaf Cres­cent last week to say hello to her, as well as her cousin Ro­han, and their best friends Scott, Fionn, Caoimhe and Lidia.

The chil­dren, who were play­ing in­side, could sud­denly hear a hearty ‘Ho Ho Ho’ and bells ring­ing out­side the house and, sure enough, Santa and his rein­deer had landed the sleigh right on Lil­ian’s roof!

He didn’t have to come in through the chim­ney, how­ever, as Lil­ian’s par­ents Laura and Em­met were there to an­swer the door.

He knew every­one was in the Porter house­hold that par­tic­u­lar evening and he hap­pened to be pass­ing. He de­cided that be­cause they had all been ex­tremely good all year, he would pay a sur­prise visit and bring every­one a lit­tle present.

Lil­ian loved her set of an­i­mals, and Thomas the Tank En­gine fan Ro­han was de­lighted with his push-along Thomas. Lidia got a soft rab­bit toy, and Caoimhe an Upsy-Daisy pusha­long. Fionn was given a Ben-10 watch, while Scott got some Spi­der­man lego. Santa also had a se­lec­tion box for each child.

‘I have been keep­ing a close eye on all the boys and girls in County Wick­low,’ said Santa. ‘They have all been very good so far, but they must keep it up. Bold­ness can still get any­one moved on to the naughty list un­for­tu­nately.’

He said that he has en­joyed go­ing around the Bray and Grey­stones area over the last few weeks, mak­ing ap­pear­ances at a num­ber of events.

He also said that he and some of his helpers had been meet­ing boys and girls at their grot­tos in Dun­drum and at Grey­stones The­atre. ‘It’s very im­por­tant to meet as many boys and girls as I can through­out De­cem­ber just to check I have all the in­for­ma­tion I need for the night,’ said Santa. ‘De­liv­er­ing presents all over the world in one night is a mas­sive op­er­a­tion re­quir­ing a huge amount of ad­min­is­tra­tion, so some­times I need to be re­minded if a child will be at granny’s house for Christ­mas or if they might have changed their minds since send­ing out their let­ters.

Santa wished Lil­ian and her friends a very Merry Christ­mas, with a fi­nal re­minder that they must go to bed early on Christ­mas Eve, be­fore they all gave him a big cheer and waved good­bye as he flew off in to the night aboard his sleigh.

Caoimhe Laf­fan and Lidia Stephen­son

were among the chil­dren who re­ceived an early visit from

Santa Claus.

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