[photo by Frances Edstrom]
Santa and his elves took a breather at their vacation home in Cedar Valley before the big night ahead. Santa says this year will be especially busy, because so many little boys and girls have been good! Santa kindly requests that gifts of milk and cookies be scaled down this year, since Mrs. Santa Claus gave him a shirt that says, "Does this suit make me look fat?" Santa thinks it might have been a hint, so he's watching his waistline so Mrs. Claus can concentrate on other things. He reminds all the little children to remember other little children around the country and the world who are less fortunate.