SANTAPAYS A VISIT
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