A pairs of skates, a yellow, green and red picture book, and a sled are still requested by children visiting Santa Claus, just like in the traditional carol “Jolly Old St. Nicholas,” said Santa Claus last week.


A pairs of skates, a yellow, green and red picture book, and a sled are still requested by children visiting Santa Claus, just like in the traditional carol “Jolly Old St. Nicholas,” said Santa Claus last week.
However, electronic games and baby dolls are also common requests now, he said.
And there are always surprises, for children on Christmas Day and for Santa as he visits with children during the Christmas season.
Santa said one obviously brilliant 7-year-old startled him by asking for “electronic parts, a circuit board and a solar cell,” while another young lady of about the same age touched his heart when she spent her brief time with Santa reeling off requests for her younger siblings.
“She was more worried about them than about what she might receive,” said Santa. “That was a very touching moment; she was very special.”
Santa and Mrs. Claus said they often bring Spot, a stuffed animal, with them when they visit children, to be able to demonstrate just what kind of animal Santa can deliver.
“I have to tell the children Santa can’t bring live animals. They usually understand when I ask them to think of how hard it would be to clean up the sleigh if I carried along all those animals,” said Santa, with a nod.
“Besides that, just think of how cold it would get for all those poor little animals,” added Mrs. Claus.
Another request Santa does not have the power to grant is the return home of a parent or sibling; a common request in military communities, he said.
Even though he can’t fulfill each request, Santa said he loves to listen.
Sometimes, he said, a child will whisper into his ear; their special wish a secret for Santa only.
He’d like to be able to guarantee those wishes, he said.
“But Santa never promises anything, only that there will be something special waiting under the tree from Santa, as long as they believe,” explained Mrs. Claus.