All I want for Christmas...
With lists of gifts clutched in their hands, kids stood line to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Nov. 27 in Hancock.
Those who didn't have a list would rely on their memory when it was their turn to tell Santa Claus what they wanted for Christmas.
"I want ice skates because I love skating," Savanna Grzadzieleski said. She didn't need to consult her list.
Her sister, Shealyn, looked for her list but couldn't find it, but, then, Savanna reached into her coat pocket and pulled out Shealyn's list.
"That's a lot of stuff," Savanna said to her sister.
Shealyn's list included Minnie Mouse pajamas, books and other items.
Santa and Mrs. Claus spent time with the kids and didn't rush them off their laps. The line grew longer as kids waited their turn. The kids were patient. And for a trio of siblings the wait in line gave them a chance to reflect on the past year.
Taylor, Jordan and Bennett Nesvig were confident they were on Santa's nice list this year.
"We've all been very good," Taylor said.
"We got presents because we were good for the babysitter," Jordan said.
"We sure haven't been naughty," Bennett said.
The two sisters said their brother Bennett wouldn't have been able to say that a few years ago.
"I was very naughty when I was four," Bennett said.
But Bennett's changed as he's aged.
"He's changed a lot," Taylor said. For example, "he doesn't pick on us so much," she said.
Preston Feucht had a brief conversation with Santa. The two agreed that if the Minnesota Vikings football team won its next game against the Chicago Bears, Feucht would get presents. Feucht, who was wearing a Teddy Bridgewater Vikings jersey, took that agreement. The Vikings will win because "they've won seven in a row," Feucht said.
Most kids were excited to see Santa and Mrs. Claus. Some kids appeared to be excited until it was their turn to see the jolly old elf and his wife. Brennan Krueger gave Mrs. Claus a good look and then grimaced. The same type of grimaces appeared on a few other kids' faces when they reached Santa or Mrs. Claus.
But, it was mostly an exchange of smiles that night. Those with written lists gave them to Santa. And those that didn't write it down didn't seem worried.