by Dorothy Markulis | Reporter
Hudson - For the 25th year, it is time to kick off the holiday season with a visit to Santa Claus on the Green.
Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will greet families — and accept holiday letters and requests — Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gazebo on the Green.
Visitors will leave Santa’s lap with a candy cane and assurances of a Merry Christmas.
“The Rotary Club of Hudson has been doing this for the past 12 years,” said senior Santa elf and Rotary Club member Jimmy Sutphin Sr. “We took over for the Women’s League for Service, who started it 25 years ago.”
The Rotary Club has pretty much got Santa’s routine down pat, covering visits with 120 families over the six-hour period, providing enough time for each visitor and enough time for Santa and Mrs. Claus to check on the reindeer at Town Hall every two hours.
They’ve even instituted a “take a number stand” so families do not have to stand in line for hours at a time. They can take a number then walk around town until their turn.
The number stand will be in place at 8:30 a.m., but Santa and Mrs. Claus won’t arrive until 9 a.m., via fire truck (the sleigh is being prepped for its worldwide tour).
Santa’s big day in Hudson requires about 20 to 25 Rotary volunteers each year. The volunteers are easy to find.
“It’s so much fun to be there; it’s never a problem filling the spots,” he said.
Sutphin said the kids make the venture worthwhile every year, coming up with holiday pearls of wisdom.
“This one little boy handed Santa his pacifier and said ‘I’m quitting,’” Sutphin said.