Santa Claus travels far and wide, but that doesn’t mean Hopkins slips far from his mind.
On Wednesday, he visited the community and took some time out of his busy season to chat with Hopkins Patch about holiday traditions, the perfect gift and the meaning of Christmas.
Hopkins Patch: So Santa, what is your favorite part about coming to Hopkins?
Santa Claus: I love coming to Hopkins every year. It has such a nice, small-town feel here. When I come to the Hopkins Center for the Arts—which is one of my favorite places to go—I always see lots of little ones. And of course, that’s my favorite thing—seeing all the little ones.
Hopkins Patch: What’s your favorite holiday tradition?
Claus: Oh, I think getting in the sleigh and having those reindeer pull me all the way around the world. They never seem to get tired either. And I love seeing all the little Christmas trees lighting up, all the windows, as I come into a community. It feels warm even though the weather may not be warm. It makes me feel warm when I come in.
Hopkins Patch: What makes a good holiday gift?
Claus: My elves would say that an evergreen gift is the best gift anytime. An evergreen gift is one that never goes out of style—like a bicycle or a teddy bear or even a pogo stick, which you don’t hear a lot about anymore these days. But they are still considered evergreen gifts. And dolls, of course, for the little girls.
Hopkins Patch: What does the Christmas spirit mean to you since you represent so much of the Christmas spirit?
Claus: It’s true I’m recognized that way. I don’t feel as though I represent Christmas. I think Christmas is something unto itself. But it is obviously my favorite time of the year, and I love being associated with Christmas in people’s mind. Christmas is the time of giving, which is one thing I do practice. But it’s also a time for families. I think that’s the most important part about Christmas—families getting together.