Santa Ron is coming to town
"Santa Ron" shares a laugh with children at Ross Park Mall.
Sharlie Mecham, 4, of Munhall and her brother Cole, 2 enjoy their visit with Santa Ron.
Myla Benoit, 3, of Ross Township, gives "Santa Ron" a hug after asking him to tell her parents, Joe Benoit, left, and Leslie Mozzetti, both 26, that she wants a puppy for Christmas.
Brianna Zwick, 4, of Ross, tells Santa Ron what she wants for Christmas.
"Santa Ron" gets dressed at the North Pole before going to work at Ross Park Mall.
Santa Ron greets Benson, 14 months, and his mother Denise Griffith of Shaler.
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Getting ready for work in the morning is never easy. But when you're Santa Claus and work is finding out what children want for Christmas, well, that's a chore of a different color (but mainly red).
Before heading off to Ross Park Mall, Santa Ron takes 15 minutes to blow-dry his snow-white beard but saves major dressing and primping for later. When he's not at the North Pole he vacations -- where else? -- in the North Hills. It's not unusual for kids to stop by any time of year to say hello and give him a heads-up on their wish list.
By Nov. 8, he's on the job at the mall, with an ample lap and ready ear. By early December, he's really busy, listening and ho-ho-hoing from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. His sitting days are nearly over. On Monday, Christmas Eve, he'll spring into action, delivering gifts to children all over the world.
First Published December 23, 2012 12:00 am