Santa’s ready for all the hard work that lies ahead to bring joy to girls and boys everywhere. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Santa’s ready for all the hard work that lies ahead to bring joy to girls and boys everywhere. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas

Santa Claus coming to town in a couple of more sleeps

Rest assured young people of the Chemainus Valley, Santa Claus is still coming to town regardless of COVID.

Santa has already been in town, spotted in Crofton, as a matter of fact, last Thursday morning for his pre-Christmas screening of who’s been naughty or nice.

“He really was wishing everybody would be wearing their mask,” said Mrs. Claus when the Courier flagged down her and Santa for comment. “That’s why he’s wearing his mask to show the kids it’s a healthy thing.”

Santa will be back in Crofton for a drive-through Christmas Eve, but has been continuing to do his homework the last several days before his big trek.

“He’s working on his list,” said Mrs. Claus. “So far he’s seen a lot of really good kids.

“He’s doing his best to give them what they need. It’s difficult with all the road conditions and snowstorms and rain.”

Santa even got his COVID booster shot recently, making the nurses happy but also creating an electric atmosphere for the nurse who attended to him.

“She’s about two inches away from me and the biggest electric spark went across,” said Santa. “She said, ‘I didn’t even touch you.’”

“I love to make people laugh,” he added. “Ten to 15 minutes in the waiting room after the shot and she says ‘have a nice day. Thank you for the fun.’ Everybody in the room burst out laughing.”

The weather’s calling for potential snow Christmas Eve and into Christmas morning, but Santa’s ready for it.

“He’s got the reindeer trained quite well,” said Mrs. Claus. “If there’s no snow, he can still make it.”

Santa’s also been out at restaurants around the area recently and people expressed their appreciation for seeing him.

“When I go to leave, they paid the bill because I was dressed up,” Santa noted.

“It makes people happy to see Santa,” summed up Mrs. Claus.

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Santa enjoys the surroundings of the tree, the fire and all the festive feelings of the season. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Santa enjoys the surroundings of the tree, the fire and all the festive feelings of the season. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Mrs. Claus watches over Santa to make sure all his preparations are on track. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Mrs. Claus watches over Santa to make sure all his preparations are on track. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Santa takes a moment to relax on the couch, getting ready for the big day. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Santa takes a moment to relax on the couch, getting ready for the big day. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Santa enjoys the great outdoors in Crofton. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Santa enjoys the great outdoors in Crofton. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Santa puts his feet up, getting some rest while he can. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Santa puts his feet up, getting some rest while he can. (Photo by Don Bodger)