Santa Minds His P’s, Queues

Allen mall offers only online system for visits with Santa

By Bruce Felps
|  Monday, Nov 29, 2010  |  Updated 11:30 AM CDT
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Even Santa Claus needs to keep up with the times.

The Jolly Old Elf must have given up on the wooden toy business long ago in favor of iPods and Wii systems, and now it seems he’s turned his back on the old fashioned first-come-first-served-stand-in-line-with-a-wailing-kid method of mall visits.

A “blown away” NBCDFW viewer and reader wrote in to tell us about a new system in place at The Village mall in Allen that lets people queue up online for photos with Santa.

The system then sends a text or voicemail message about 10 minutes before the registrant’s appointment. Hmm, Santa takes appointments.

“It was so much easier than doing this last year, with a screaming kid,” the viewer-reader said in an e-mail message, and amen to that, sister. I am all for the elimination of screaming kids. Wait, that didn’t come out quite right.

Anyway, it’s purported to be the only such system in place at a mall anywhere, so score one for North Texas ingenuity.

Can’t help but wonder, though, what keeps a 3-year-old from screaming when it’s plopped in Santa’s lap. And what keeps Santa from screaming?

Don't forget to email your photos with Santa (like the one above) and other Christmas cheer to isee@nbcdfw.com

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He has fond memories of sitting on Santa's lap. Fond because he has no memory of it at all.
 

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