Czech Culture & Adaptation Holidays

Tracking down Santa

December 12, 2008
A surprised Anna greeting Santa Claus at my parents' backdoor

Our search for a “real” Santa experience

My children’s hopes of having some face time with the legendary Santa Claus was buoyed by a few Santa-sightings in the days immediately after our arrival in America. But it didn’t take long for reality to sink in. Although Santa made scheduled appearances at the mall and the local drugstore, waiting in line for an hour or more long seemed to be unavoidable. Each time we edged toward the designated Meet-and-Greet Santa area, long lines of frazzled parents and impatient, unhappy children deterred us.

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