Santa shares breakfast with area children

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 9, 2000

It wasn’t cookies and milk, but Santa took time out from packing his sleigh to have breakfast with children at Union Street Station in Natchez Saturday.

About 25 children, parents and grandparents filled the cozy restaurant for the second year to have breakfast, talk with Santa and have their picture made on his knee.

But even with choices like snowman pancakes and biscuits and gravy, most children were too excited to see their favorite man in red to eat.

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Jake McKinney, 7, made sure Santa knew he wanted a PlayStation 2, Legos building blocks and a razor scooter.

His friend, Trevor Williams, also 7, said he hopes to get a telescope and tickets to Disney World.

After running down his own wish list, 5-year-old Nolan Voss spoke for his new baby brother, 3-month-old Hunter.

&uot;See my baby my grandma’s holding?&uot; he asked Santa. &uot;Bring him something, too.&uot;

Lauren McCann, 5, couldn’t quite work up the courage to sit on Santa’s knee but hoped he knew she wanted makeup and a few Barbie dolls.

Zoe Flattmann, 6, needed a little help from her mother remembering that she had asked Santa for a computer game a few minutes before.

Her mother, Lisa, said she read about the breakfast in a local publication and knew her children would enjoy it.

&uot;They get to see Santa and that’s worth waking up for,&uot; she said, adding that it gave her a break from making breakfast.

Several adults said they enjoyed the breakfast as much as the children.

&uot;This is the most fun we have all year,&uot; said Pat Caldwell, Union Street Station owner. &uot;It’s definitely going to be a tradition for us.&uot;

Santa’s helper for the day, J.P. &uot;Skip&uot; Caldwell, said he enjoyed representing the North Pole last year at the breakfast.

&uot;Everybody knows who he is,&uot; he said. &uot;Anybody who puts that suit on becomes like a celebrity.&uot;

Santa said some of the children were concerned that he wouldn’t get back to the North Pole in time to have their requests ready for Christmas. &uot;I tell them I’ll get in touch with the elves through the Internet, and we’ll ship it right off to them,&uot; Santa said.