HAMLET — Have you ever wondered what Santa does the other 11 months of the year?
Maybe he goes on a much deserved vacation with Mrs. Claus or perhaps he pampers his beloved reindeer. He definitely reads. Santa might have been returning some books at Hamlet Public Library on Wednesday before going to visit with Richmond County locals.
Shelley Steele, of Rockingham, sat with her son, Hunter, 2, while he worked on his Christmas ornament Wednesday afternoon at Hamlet Public Library’s annual visit with Santa. Last year, Hunter helped decorate his grandmother’s, Leanna Hancock of Rockingham, Christmas tree with a paper chain, pine cones and paper snowflakes.
Brittany Bullard, of Rockingham, brought her three children to the event after finding out about it on Facebook. Nina Winstead, a member of the Friends of Hamlet Library, assisted the children with picking out their six pieces of candy at the festive candy buffet. Monica Terry, Hamlet Public Library assistant, helped Madison Hancock, 3, of Rockingham, decorate her ornament. Carmella Johnson patiently handled the complimentary photos with Santa.
Toys for Tots donated a box of books that was put under the Christmas tree for the children to each pick from after getting their candy. The event was funded by donations from the library staff and the Friends of Hamlet Library group. Santa gave up time from his busy schedule as well for the event.
“Without donations we couldn’t have done this,” said Belinda Norton, children’s programming director for the library.
While ornament making and candy were big hits at the event, one cannot forget Santa. The jolly old elf sat by the electric fire in his famous red suit waiting to offer up advice on life to anyone who would take it. One thing is for sure, Santa was not guaranteeing anyone a new vehicle for Christmas. His reason being he is a toy maker.
Camden Taylor, 7, of Hamlet, hand delivered her letter to Santa. Mason Taylor, 4, of Hamlet, might have to think for a moment as to which reindeer is famous for having a red nose, but he definitely knows red is where you stop in the road.