Santa made his big debut with the help of a co-worker's daughter in the Elf role.
Santa was a hit. He was a bit nervous, not ever having done this before, with kids.He practiced the evening before with the adults but the kids' were the true challenge. Santa made his grand entrance and walked through the tables where the kids and their families were enjoying pizza and mandarin oranges. You should have seen the faces light up, especially the ones who got to help Santa ring his jingle bells. It was truly a magically time, devoid of the hustle and bustle of commercialism. Some kids just ran up to see Santa, others hung back, a bit shy about this strange person. You could see who believed and who didn't, but in the end, it was smiles all around and that's what is important.
Side note...I can see this becoming an annual affair and possibility a future semi retirement position...as a mall Santa!