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Santa Claus Arrives At Charleston Town Center Mall

Reported by: Send eMail Kennie Bass
Videographer: John Tincher
Web Producer: Kennie Bass
Reported: Nov. 13, 2013 8:27 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 13, 2013 9:33 PM EST

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The Christmas Season
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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

The days of waiting until Thanksgiving dinner has been eaten before thinking about Christmas are long gone. It's only early November and Santa Claus has already set up shop at the Charleston Town Center Mall.

The mall celebrated Saint Nick's arrival with a center court ceremony. Hundreds of
people were there to greet Santa and his elves. Plenty of little ones waited with eager anticipation to see the man who knows if they've been naughty or nice.

Grandparents and parents said keeping Santa in Christmas is big part of the season's magic.

"Well, I can remember when I was young," Jerry Anderson of Elkview said. "Christmas was a very special time. We didn't get a lot of presents but what we did get we appreciated. And Santa was a big deal for us and I want to keep it alive for my grandson so it will be a big deal for him, too."

"Christmas is really the meaning of Jesus," Loretta Williams of Winfield said. "But Santa always puts a smile on the children's face and delivers presents to them."

Santa Claus was joined by three friends from a classic Christmas TV special. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Hermie the Elf who wants to be a dentist and Bumble, the Abominable Snowman, were all on hand to help usher in an early start to the Christmas...and shopping season.

Santa will be available at the Charleston Town Center Mall for pictures and visits throughout the holiday season.



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