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By Carlo Klemm
Santa Claus celebrates 13 years at Waldorf mall
November 29, 2017
By Jamie Anfenson-Comeau - Maryland Independent
Excerpt - “Look! It's Santa!” called out a little girl as a jolly man with a white beard and wearing a red coat descended the escalator at the St. Charles Towne Center Friday morning.
These are the sort of moments the shopping center's Santa Claus said he looks forward to every year. He took a few moments to speak with the little girl before taking his place on a large green sofa and consenting to do an interview before a long day of greeting children.
The management at St. Charles Towne Center requested that the red-clad gentleman be interviewed and quoted only as Santa Claus.
This particular incarnation of the jolly old elf has been visiting the Waldorf shopping center for the past 13 years.
The hardest part, Santa said, is when children come to him with requests that can't be fulfilled.
“I've had them ask me to bring back their parents, because one of them had passed, and you can't do a thing. The only thing you can do is to tell them they're in a special place now,” Santa said.
However, it is the joy on children's faces that keeps him coming back to St. Charles Towne Center year after year.
“It's the kids,” Santa said. “You look at their faces when they see Santa Claus and they light up. It can be a bad day, but when they see Santa, it brightens their day up. It brightens mine too. I wouldn't be doing this as long as I have if I didn't like what I was doing. It's the kids, that's what it's about.”
By Carlo Klemm
Christmas has arrived for the Queen!
Her Majesty has jaw-dropping 20 FOOT Nordmann Fir tree erected at Windsor Castle over a MONTH before the big day
November 23, 2017
By MARTHA CLIFF - MAILONLINE
Many of us will wait until advent kicks in before we begin our Christmas decorating, however, for the Queen Christmas has arrived early.
Staff at her Majesty's Berkshire home have been busy decking the halls and trimming the trees in preparation for the festive period.
As usual the centre piece is an enormous 20 foot Nordmann Fir tree taking pride of place in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle.
The tree is sourced from the Queen's equivalent of the back garden having been cut from Windsor Great Park before being delivered to the castle.
The Christmas decorations have become an annual attraction at the castle, which last year bedecked its rooms with an oriental theme with the tree decorated with Chinese lanterns.
George's IV's mother Queen Charlotte famously decorated her home with yew, which used to be the traditional Christmas tree before fir trees were popularised by Prince Albert in the mid-19th century.
A memoir of Queen Charlotte, published in 1819, recalls how ‘in the middle of the room stood an immense tub with a yew-tree placed in it.'
It details how the branches were adorned with: 'bunches of sweetmeats, almonds, and raisins, fruits and toys, most tastefully arranged, and the whole illuminated by small wax candles’.
While the Queen is expected spend time at Windsor Castle throughout December the royal does not traditionally spend Christmas at her Berkshire home.