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Santa spreads cheer on Plumas Street in Yuba City
Santa Claus had a puppy.
Clamoring children couldn't resist petting the 10-week-old yellow Labrador and, while they were at it, mentioning the few items they hoped Santa would bring them when he does his Santa thing later this month.
Rob Gregor dressed as the jolly Christmas hero Friday night during Yuba City's annual Christmas Stroll on Plumas Street.
"We're just out spreading that Christmas cheer," he explained.
Gregor's children came along for the ride. While they knew their dad wasn't really Santa Claus, they had their own Christmas wish lists they hoped would get some attention.
"I want a horse," 10-year-old Hosanna Gregor said. "Probably, it won't be a horse; a toy horse would be OK."
Hundreds packed downtown Yuba City, enjoying an eclectic collection of Christmas sights and sounds.
There was live Christmas music, Christmas dances and Christmas face-painting. There was Christmas cookies, Christmas cakes, and Christmas candy.
There were also Christmas tamales, samosas, pitas, paninis, and pizzas.
Also, there was Christmas barbecue.
Justin Bufford wore the traditional Santa hat while trying the smoky Christmas pulled-pork sandwich. The 11-year-old gave it a thumbs-up between mouthfuls.
Rhnijuh Dalton was eager to meet the man in red. The 9-year-old Yuba City kid clutched a piece of carrot cake while considering what she planned to ask Santa to bring her.
"Money!" she said quickly. "I'd like $100 to go shopping for 'Hello Kitty' things."
Liz McCurry waited in a long line to take a picture with a different Santa Claus in front of the Teagarden House.
The 6-year-old from Yuba City knew the Santa Claus drill, tossing a scarf to her mother, Casandra, before climbing up on the bearded man's lap to pose for snapshot.
"It's awesome, exciting," she said later. "I asked for Pluto from Mickey Mouse and for a list of his reindeer's names."
And most kids seemed to believe the Christmas season isn't only about the presents they may want or the delicious treats they may eat.
Young Hosanna Gregor considered the important things as she watched other kids pet the sleepy puppy: "Really, I think the best part is being with my family tonight."
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