MEXICO — Santa Claus is coming to town to visit children and their families Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Region 9 School of Applied Technology.

Breakfast organizers arranged a quick phone call with Santa, who was hard at work in his shop. He talked about how things are going during this very busy time of year for him, Mrs. Claus, the reindeer and his industrious elves.

Asked what he eats to prepare for the big day, Santa replied, “Mrs. Claus packs me some thermoses of soup and milk and cookies. The reindeer eat lots of apples. We stay in shape year round by doing late-night test runs.”

And how does he stay warm on those long, cold trips through the night?

Santa laughed. “Ho, ho! Lots of layers of clothes under my red suit. And my beard helps, of course.”

Asked about the local event he will attend Sunday, Santa said he enjoys “talking with the kids about their schoolwork and how they are busy doing good things. You know, the community really comes together to make Breakfast with Santa a special event and it’s also a fundraiser for Dirigo High School, Class of 2017.”

Santa said these breakfast visits with children around the world are important for each community.

“Ho, ho, ho! Well, the kids love it and the whole community gets excited to prepare the breakfast. They have pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. Mmmm, mmm. Parents can bring their cameras and have pictures taken of the kids and I. And I will also have a small gift for the kids.”

Santa will be at the Region 9 School of Applied Technology from 8 to 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at 377 River Road. Cost is $4 per person. Raffles and a Chinese auction will also be held.

Tickets are available at the door, or may be purchased in advance at Dirigo Elementary School, Dirigo High School and Region 9.

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