Santa’s Big Scene: Carols, cocoa and a tree lighting
YARDLEY BOROUGH – Sipping on hot chocolate, kids waited anxiously for the arrival of Santa Claus as they stood on the sidewalk at the intersection of Afton Avenue and Main Street.
The strains of Christmas music, sung by the Pennsbury Falconaires, wafted through the air at the event, which was sponsored by the Yardley Business Assocation.
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He waived his hand, wearing his trademark bright white gloves.
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“Merry Christmas!!” he said with a jolly voice.
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“He actually greeted him at the door of the bank,” Milligan said of his son. “He shook his hand and he started asking him for the things he wanted for Christmas.”
Believe it or not, Norrin asked for a golf course!!
For Pat Glasson, seeing two of her four grandchildren and the other kids talking to Santa Claus was amusing.
“It cracked me up,” she joked. “They got nervous and they forgot what they want for Christmas,” Glasson said.
The kids were all excited while they waited in line. “They were peeking around their parents to get a glimpse of Santa Claus,” she said.
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“He was nice,” she said of Santa Claus after telling him she wanted Kindle Wood for Christmas.
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Brighid, who asked Santa for an iPod, said, “I think he liked me!”
She and her sister wondered why Santa was not wearing his eye glasses.
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Their great-grandmother, Sheila Johnson, enjoyed seeing the girls interact with Santa Claus.
Pat Glasson, the girl’s grandmother, and Johnson were laughing so much at the kids.
“They listened to his every word,” Glasson said.
Many of the children’s eyes expressed their excitement. They were just in total awe – their mouths were wide open.
Santa Claus arrives at the tree lighting ceremony aboard Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Tower 80.
The Pennsbury Falconaires add to the festive holiday mood at the Yardley tree lighting ceremony on Friday.
Children have a holly jolly good time as the Pennsbury Falconaires sing holiday songs.
Santa welcomes everyone at the tree lighting at Main and Afton.