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South Hills Village Santa Reveals Most Memorable Gift Requests

An exclusive one-on-one with arguably the most popular man of December—Santa Claus.

Patch: What have been the most popular gift requests this year?

Santa: Electronics. iPods, iPhone 5s, mini iPads, everything.

Patch: How have gift requests changed over the years?

Santa: All the electronics have been the biggest change. Even the small ones are asking for iPhones.

Patch: What has been your most unusual and memorable gift requests?

Santa: One wanted me to bring the parents back together. Another one wanted his family to have a very happy holiday.

The best was two or three years ago, a four or five year old wanted a phone. It took a lot of time for me to figure out why he wanted a phone at such a young age. He finally told me he wanted a phone for when he had to call his friends because his mother was always on the phone!

Patch: Do you encounters more kids telling you what they want or crying ones?

Santa: More happy kids.

(Santa's helper chirped in and said she thought it was 51/49.)

Patch: What's your favorite Christmas song?

Santa: "Here Comes Santa Claus."

Patch: What's your favorite color?

Santa: Red.

Patch: Wii or Xbox?

Santa: Wii.

Patch: Do you have any grooming tips for men with beards?

Santa: Trim it, don't cut it. And use conditioner on it.

Patch: What message do you have for parents and children this year?

Santa: For parents with young children, let the children make the decision on whether they want to sit on my lap, it makes it less dramatic on the child.

And have a merry Christmas!

Patch: What do you want for Christmas?

Santa: A safe trip so I can make all the children happy for Christmas.

Click here to find out the hours you and your family can go visit Santa Claus at South Hills Village. The best time to visit is as soon as Santa arrives in the morning.


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Stevie Evans December 14, 2012 at 05:55 PM
I love the SHVillage Santa. My 5 (soon to be 6) year old boy and his 3 yr old brother have every Santa picture with him. I think it makes it that much more special that all the pictures have the same Santa. Helps with building and sustaining the fantasy. After all the magic and wonder of Christmas time through the eyes of a child only last for so many years... every little bit helps. I hope they keep bringing him back year after year. Merry Christmas!
Erin Faulk December 14, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Thanks for sharing, Stevie! Fun fact: Apparently it's actually quite difficult to get an interview with Santa. His time in public is mostly reserved for talking to the kids and hearing their wishes. We're really glad he was willing to sit down for an interview with Patch. Of course, he's quite busy this time of year!

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