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Santa takes last-minute requests

By Heather Hintze 7:11 PM December 24, 2013

Families visit Saint Nick in North Pole

NORTH POLE - Santa took a few last-minute requests this week before heading out to deliver presents to millions of kids around the world.

The Arcos family came up from Palmer so their children could get some face time with Father Christmas.

“We drove for the kids,” said mom Ashley Arcos. “We figured it’s worth the drive.”

The Oestreicher kids didn’t just jot down a list. They made sure Santa knew exactly what they wanted but cutting out pictures and showing them to the man in red.

“They’ve always cut things out,” said mom Sara Oestreicher. “They used to glue in onto paper, but then the papers got long and ridiculously overwhelming. So this year they decided to cut it out and just put it in an envelope, and then they were getting lost so they grabbed a Ziploc bag and they’ve been collecting things for a couple months now.”

Out of the pile of pictures, each Oestreicher child had a present they hoped Santa would make a top priority.

Kids worked out their jitters before they went to see Saint Nick, and parents waited patiently to snap the perfect portrait.

“They make sure their kid’s request gets in and the kids are happy,” Santa said. “That’s what Christmas is all about.”

Of course, it’s always Christmas at North Pole. The Santa Claus House is open 365 days a year.

Santa himself will only be in North Pole until New Year’s, and then he’s off for some much-needed vacation.

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