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Santa's Whirlwind Weekend in Malverne-West Hempstead

Santa spent last Saturday and Sunday visiting with the boys and girls of Malverne and West Hempstead.

Santa Claus not only came to town, but he stayed for the entire weekend. The big man in the red suit spent the entire day and night in Malverne on Dec. 4, beginning with a special "Breakfast with Santa" (See photos.). Well, there were actually three separate breakfast seatings, two at and one at the in the village, which explains why Santa is so rotund. The children had a great time eating a scrumptious meal with their family and sitting on Santa's lap to tell him what they hope to find under their Christmas trees this year.

Santa hung around for a movie and with the neighborhood kids, before slipping away to get ready for the big parade and other He also spent the night visiting with more local children at the

After his long day in Malverne, Santa had another stop to make the following afternoon to visit with the children of West Hempstead. They were celebrating the holidays at a special party on Dec. 5 in the cafeteria of the West Hempstead Middle School, which had been tranformed into a carnival, complete with clowns, games, music and a juggler. The party was hosted by the West Hempstead Community Support and Civic Association

Throughout the afternoon the kids enjoyed face-painting and decorated Kosher and gingerbread cookies, the latter donated by . Patsy the Clown kept the kids entertained with dancing, balloon animals and a parachute game before Santa made his big entrance, escorted by members of the , who always arrange for Mr. Claus to visit the children of West Hempstead. One-by-one the kids hopped on Santa's lap, with only a few young tykes protesting to meet the big man. An elf, along with other volunteers, handed out goody bags courtesy of the civic association and candy canes.

Some youngsters were even more excited to see Mickey and Minnie Mouse enter the party and spent the rest of the afternoon dancing, hugging and posing for photos with the famous mice.

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