Santa makes early visit to Creekside

Luke McKean beams as he gets his photo taken with Santa Claus. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Luke McKean beams as he gets his photo taken with Santa Claus. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Santa makes the rounds of the room talking with the children. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Santa makes the rounds of the room talking with the children. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
This is six-week-old Wesley McCrossin’s first photo with Santa. (Photo Bobbie Crane)This is six-week-old Wesley McCrossin’s first photo with Santa. (Photo Bobbie Crane)
Pharmasave donated four beautiful gift baskets to be raffled off at the breakfast. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Pharmasave donated four beautiful gift baskets to be raffled off at the breakfast. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Karen Findlay mixes another bowl of pancake batter. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Karen Findlay mixes another bowl of pancake batter. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
The Lions Club cooked up a tasty breakfast of sausages and pancakes at the 2022 Breakfast with Santa. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)The Lions Club cooked up a tasty breakfast of sausages and pancakes at the 2022 Breakfast with Santa. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Jessica Hatch and Leo Hrychyk enjoy breakfast while waiting for Santa. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Jessica Hatch and Leo Hrychyk enjoy breakfast while waiting for Santa. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
A moment of shyness for Erik Lundsbye. His mother Kim Vance-Lundsbye smiles with understanding. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)A moment of shyness for Erik Lundsbye. His mother Kim Vance-Lundsbye smiles with understanding. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Santa makes a small beard adjustment. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Santa makes a small beard adjustment. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Luke McKean brought his nanna Catherine Drager to breakfast at the Creekside Seniors Centre. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Luke McKean brought his nanna Catherine Drager to breakfast at the Creekside Seniors Centre. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
A mix of volunteers including the 100 Mile & District Arts Council, South Cariboo Chamber of Commerce. The 100 Mile Lions Club, and the 100 Mile Free Press came together on Dec. 3 to put on the first Breakfast with Santa in three years. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)A mix of volunteers including the 100 Mile & District Arts Council, South Cariboo Chamber of Commerce. The 100 Mile Lions Club, and the 100 Mile Free Press came together on Dec. 3 to put on the first Breakfast with Santa in three years. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Santa Claus arrives at the breakfast on Sunday with the news that Blitzen blew out a hoof. Mrs. Claus had to stay home and put hot and cold compresses on the reindeer to help him heal up in time for Christmas Eve. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Santa Claus arrives at the breakfast on Sunday with the news that Blitzen blew out a hoof. Mrs. Claus had to stay home and put hot and cold compresses on the reindeer to help him heal up in time for Christmas Eve. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Erik Lundsbye brought Santa a drawing he made just for him. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Erik Lundsbye brought Santa a drawing he made just for him. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

Santa almost didn’t make it to breakfast because Blitzen had “blown a hoof.”

When he didn’t show up to the Breakfast with Santa event at the Creekside Seniors Centre Dec. 3, everyone was getting anxious.

Thankfully, South Cariboo Chamber of Commerce president Donna Barnett managed to get a hold of him.

“He’s been held up but he’s on his way,” she reassured the crowd.

When he finally walked through the door, he was surrounded by children, screaming “Santa.” He later explained Blitzen had “blown a hoof” and Mrs. Claus was taking care of the reindeer with cold compresses.

Bruce Madu, of the 100 Mile & District Arts Council, said while they didn’t see as many families as hoped, likely because of the cold weather, the event was a success. Eighteen families braved the cold to come out.

‘‘It was fabulous. After three years of not being able to have one, it is like we’re starting all over again because we didn’t know what to expect,” he said.

“I think there probably could have been another 50 to 100 people there but the weather held them back.”

The day started with a pancake breakfast, cooked by the 100 Mile Lions.

In the kitchen, Karen Findlay was aided by Tammie Ozanne and her grandson Sylas, as they whipped pancakes for the crowd. They went through 15 boxes of pancake mix. Sylas was the youngest volunteer and bustling about serving meals, clearing and helping in any way he could.

When it came time to get a photo with Santa, the kids couldn’t wait to greet the big man in red. Erik Lundsbye, 4, handed him a drawing he made especially for him. Santa gave him a big hug and carefully folded up the drawing before tucking it down the front of his suit.

Santa photos for each family were donated by Monika Paterson Photography.

The event raised $400 for the Arts Council. The funds came from donations at the door and the raffling of four gift baskets provided by Pharmasave. The gift baskets were valued at about $100 each.

Additional sponsors included RE/MAX 100 Mile, which donated $350 and covered most of the event costs. FreshCo provided the juice boxes and sausages while Save-On-Foods supplied the pancake mix, coffee, creamers and syrup.

The 100 Mile House Cruzers Car club had booked the hall and allowed them to use it rent-free for the breakfast.