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Santa Claus makes stop at East Liberty’s Christmas tree lighting

Santa Claus’ schedule is pretty full these days, but old Saint Nicholas found the time to field requests from eager children Friday at a Christmas event in Perry Township.

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Grace Frangis, 5, shares her Christmas wish list with Santa Claus on Friday at the Christmas tree lighting event in Perry Township. (EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH)

Santa’s visit coincided with the annual lighting of the Christmas tree, which is topped this year with a lit cross for the first time, said Bonnie Brose, who helped organize the event.

Perry Township trustees and maintenance worker Dave Sharp worked to hang the Christmas lights on the tree and community building, Mrs. Brose said.

The event was conducted outside as attendees sang carols and drank hot chocolate to stay warm.

“A lot of people I think were surprised to get here and see that we weren’t inside, but it’s a beautiful night to sit on Santa’s lap outside,” Mrs. Brose said. “That’s how we did it when I was kid — waited outside in the snow to sit on Santa’s lap.”

A lengthy line snaked around the flashing Perry Township fire truck as parents snapped pictures of their children detailing for Santa their respective wish lists, most of which included the latest technological fads like the Wii U, Amazon Kindle or iPad.

Santa Claus said the demand for an iPod Touch is pretty high this year, so only the most well-behaved children will receive one.

“It’s going to come down to who the nicest kids are between now and Christmas,” Santa said.

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