By GREG JORDAN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Santa Claus knows which kids are naughty and nice, but it turns out that kids know quite a bit about Santa when you ask them.
Children visiting the Mercer Mall on Christmas Eve were excited about what they might find beneath their trees this morning. They shopped with their families and seized the chance to talk with Santa one more time before he headed back to the North Pole.
Santa defies the laws of physics by visiting millions of homes and delivering millions of toys in one night. Keiva Murphy, 10, visiting from Delaware, had some ideas on those subjects.
“Well, he has his sleigh, and it goes fast, and he has to deliver all the presents,” Keiva said.
How does he carry so many toys? With his toy bag, and it’s deep, Keiva explained. It’s magic.
Noah Thompson, 8, of Mercer County had a theory about Santa’s amazing speed.
“He had a very fast sled, and fast reindeer,” he said. How does all this work? “Probably magic,” Noah said.
Another boy, 7-year-old Quinton Fuller, of Princeton, said he wasn’t sure how Santa goes around the world in one night. He thought Santa’s diet had something to do with it.
“He eats cookies and lots of stuff to get better,” Quinton speculated. His little sister Zoey was not talkative on Christmas Eve, but she liked the candy cane Santa gave her.
Many of today’s homes do not have Santa’s traditional route into a home, a chimney, but local children are sure that Santa has a way around this difficulty.
“He has a key to get the door open,” said Avory Kinder, 5, of Bluefield, Va. Of course, it’s a magic key.
Her brother, 3-year-old Harper, was hoping for a bicycle and a present for his daddy, and Avory hoped for a dollhouse.
Out at the food court, 3-year-old Palyn Goodson and her mother, Nikki, of Bluefield, Va., were having lunch. Palyn thought that Santa was about 2 years old.
Her brother Bailey, 4, thought Santa was a little older.
“Thirty-seven,” Bailey said. And he thought Santa’s favorite cookie was chocolate chip.
Isabella Smith, 6, of Bossevain, Va., agreed that chocolate chip cookies are a nice present for Santa. She knew just what he likes to drink with his cookies.
“Last time I gave him white milk, and he made it into chocolate milk,” she said.
In another part of the mall, 4-year-old Aiden Kinzer, of Princeton, thought Santa was about a million years old. His sister, 6-year-old Victoria, thought 100 years was closer to Santa’s real age.
Whether Santa is three or a million years old, he still needs help getting Christmas deliveries ready. Holli Phillips, 9, of Bluefield, said he has 100 elves to help him pack up his sleigh.
“He really does live at the North Pole,” she said.
During a break from hearing Christmas wishes, Santa said that the children who visit him always have plenty of questions.
“Where’s Rudolph?” Santa replied when asked to give some examples of young inquires. “Where are your reindeer?” He pointed out the backdrop for his sled; it looked like a gingerbread house. “Is that your house?”
“The children nowadays are very intelligent — way smart,” Santa said. “The best part is when their eyes open up with joy.”
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