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November 7, 2013

Norman resident fills the role of Santa

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NORMAN —

“Right. Hope, goodness — and dreams,” Mrs. Claus echoed.

For more on Santa Opa Claus, find him on Facebook at Facebook.com/SantOpaClaus.

 

Sidebar:

Hints for a Memorable Santa Visit

Before you book a visit with Kris Kringle, Santa Opa Claus suggests the following tips to make the visit as enjoyable as possible.

 

1. Have your camera ready

Be sure to have all cameras, camcorders and batteries necessary to take the photos you want. Be sure to recharge or have fresh batteries in advance.

2. Reserve a special parking place for Santa

Parking should be available right where Santa is visiting. If he parks down the street or around the corner and has to walk all the way to your home or office, he will be winded and exhausted when he gets there. Remember, he’s a senior citizen wearing a heavy wool suit that gets very hot. Santa always budgets about five minutes for parking. Any more time than that is part of your allotted time.

If the visit is at your home, leave an opening at the end of your driveway. Put a temporary barrier in the space. Have some fun and put a sign out like “Reserved for Santa!”

If your event is at a company facility, office building or hotel, try to make arrangements for Santa to park in a valet or loading area. Again you can mark the area with a fun sign. This makes it easier for him to be fresh and ready to bring joy to your guests.

3. Have your gifts ready

Santa does not bring any candy canes or gifts with him. He will hand out your candy and gifts and can carry in one bag of presents (40 pounds or less) for children or guests.

All gifts should be well labeled. We suggest a large black marking pen and writing directly on the gift, as tags can easily fall off. All packages should fit into one 35-gallon trash bag. He will then transfer the gifts to his “Santa” bag.

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