Santa Claus comes to town: “Breakfast with Santa” brings cheer to Meade

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ta and Mrs. Claus make their appearance at “Breakfast with Santa” on Saturday morning at Club Meade. About 350 children and adults attended the annual holiday event. (Photos by Phil Grout)

Santa got a glimpse of who’s been naughty or nice when he and Mrs. Claus came to town early Saturday morning.

Four-month-old Hannah Willis takes her first photo with Santa Claus during “Breakfast with Santa” on Saturday morning at Club Meade. The three-hour event featured a large breakfast buffet, a performance by children’s dance groups and Santa’s workshop for children to create holiday arts and crafts projects.

They were the guests of honor at “Breakfast with Santa,” hosted at Club Meade by Fort Meade’s Child and Youth Services. The popular event featured a large buffet, live entertainment, Santa’s workshop, and a photographer who snapped photos of children posing with Santa and the Mrs.

While an estimated 350 children and parents enjoyed French toast, waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and biscuits, four groups in the SKIES Unlimited dance team danced to “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

“ ‘Breakfast with Santa’ is one of our most popular CYS community events and is always well received by the Meade community,” CYS Administrator Francisco Jamison said.

“This year’s event was, in my opinion, the best one yet, and I have seen over 10 years’ worth of ‘Breakfast with Santa.’ ”

During the three-hour event, youngsters also designed Frosty the Snowman out of colorful construction paper, made picture frames, decorated ornaments and wrote letters to Santa inside his workshop located off to the side of the ballroom.

The workshop was decorated with Christmas wrapping paper, balloons, mini-Christmas trees, wreaths and the Gingerbread Man’s house.

Santa’s helpers, who were dressed in red and green elf hats, assisted the youngsters with their projects.

Seven-year-old Daniel Johnson, who attends Pershing Hill Elementary School, designed a snowman wearing a black hat.

“I don’t think my snowman is going to come to life like the snowman in the movie, but it’s still pretty cool,” Daniel said as he peeled glue off of his fingers.

Teagan Gumas adds sprinkles to her cookie with help from her mom Staff Sgt. Leslie Gumas of the 902nd MI Group.

In the corner, Mrs. Claus read stories while children gathered around her rocking chair.

Later, Santa and Mrs. Claus each posed for pictures with youngsters who sat in their laps. The photos were printed on the spot for families to take home.

Some children, such as Shelly Rice, told Santa what they want for Christmas.

“I really hope Santa gives me all that I asked for,” said the 5-year-old, who attends Pershing Hill. “I can’t wait until Christmas to see what he brings me.”

Sarah Richardson, 9, who attends Meade Heights Elementary School, asked Santa for a bunch of items that she listed in the letter she wrote earlier.

But while sitting on his lap, Sarah remembered to tell him to bring one important item that she forgot to write down.

“When I sat on Santa’s lap, I told him I wanted a tablet,” a relieved Sarah said. “I can’t believe I forgot to put that on my list, but I’m glad I remembered when I saw him.”

Edward Blackmon, who attends Meade Heights Elementary School, said he has only one toy on his wish list.

Emma Bracten, 2, holds up the snowman picture frame she made in Santa’s workshop.

“I really want a train for Christmas,” the 10-year-old said. “Not the one you push, but the one that moves on its own that has smoke coming out the top.”

When the event ended, Santa and Mrs. Claus made their way back to the North Pole as they left smiles on many children’s faces.

“I believe the main reason why CYS puts on this event is because it’s a wonderful example of how to do a community and family event well,” Jamison said.

“This is a morning where families and friends can come together in the spirit of the holidays and have a really fun time.”

Isabella Huffman, 3, daughter of Sgt. Jacob Huffman and Sgt. Jennifer Huffman, receives a joyful hug from Santa.
Jasmine Jones, 6, of the SKIES Unlimited dance team, gets a costume adjustment from Brenda Drew before the performance.
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