OCEAN TOWNSHIP: In the early evening on Saturday, Dec. 2, kids and parents waited for Santa Claus to stop and say Hello at the Ocean Museum, where a beautiful spruce tree was also waiting, to be lighted as is the Christmas tradition.
The more experienced they were with the town's celebrations the more they also listened for the fire truck siren on the red vehicle that brings Santa to spend a few minutes with them, a most busy time for him.
The High School Choir sang a great series of holiday songs, which warmed the night air and raised spirits. Cameras flashed all over the lawn next to the museum. As parents waited they took pictures for photo albums to perhaps show grandparents who live a distance.
It was an evening "Merry and Bright" with hot chocolate for those who liked it with their cookies that made a swell way to pass the time on Santa Watch.
Then things happened quickly. The fire siren whistled loudly and the youngsters gathered near the driveway so as not to miss Santa's arrival. And there he was - Santa with a huge smile for the little ones who dashed to his side.
The walk to the tree was a busy one, with Santa answering a zillion question from excited fans, including the parents.
Santa's lap became a chatting scene as the youngsters talked to him to hear his jolly responses. Moms took more pictures and Santa delighted at everyone so happy to greet him.
It lasted a half hour, this important meeting, then Santa waved goodbye as he had to leave for the next town and the youngsters waiting for him there. But he waved and said he will be back with his sleigh and reindeer. And of course gifts for the girls and boys on Christmas night.