Breakfast with Santa spreads Ho-Ho-Holiday spirit
By 460th Space Wing Public Affairs, By Airman 1st Class Samantha Saulsbury
/ Published December 16, 2013
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Breakfast with Santa was a success with more than 950 people in attendance Dec. 14, 2013 at the Leadership Development Center on base.
Families enjoyed a breakfast complete with pancakes and sausage cooked by Flippin' Flapjacks, a locally owned business out of Centennial, while waiting in anticipation to meet with Santa and let him know what is on their Christmas list.
The celebration began in 2008, with a steady increase in the number of attendees every year.
"Breakfast with Santa has become a Buckley tradition," said Christina Stump, 460th Space Wing community support coordinator. "This is the second largest family event the 460th Force Support Squadron hosts every year. I believe it's because everyone that attends has such a great time and the word spreads to others."
After telling Santa what was on their Christmas list, each child received a present from their age category.
"I look at it as a time for families to put all the work aside for just an hour or two and celebrate the holiday season," said Thomas Cox, Youth Programs chief. "It's a time to come out and have breakfast, get a picture with Santa and receive a present all for free."
During breakfast, Mrs. Claus visited with the families at each table, spreading hugs and smiles.
"Children and adults look forward to this holiday celebration every year," said Stump, "not only for the presents, which are always a hit, but you can't help but leave with the spirit of the holidays!"