The Village of New Boston welcomed Santa back for the 22nd Annual Breakfast with Santa, which was recently renamed by Mayor Junior Williams, through a proclamation that made the first Saturday of each December the official James Warren Christmas With Santa Day.
Volunteers served traditional breakfasts of pancakes, sausage, orange juice, and more, while Santa met with children to listen to their Christmas wishes and reward them with small gifts.
Since its inception in 1994, officials with Breakfast with Santa have served 10,000 meals and given away 5,000 toys.
“I think we had an excellent turnout,” Mayor Williams said. “I am just glad the residents came out to enjoy Breakfast with Santa with all of us.”
Williams wrote the proclamation in honor of late Mayor Jim Warren.
“I proclaimed that, forevermore, the first Saturday of the Month of December shall be known as the James Warren Breakfast with Santa Day.”
Williams said that the proclamation was important to him, because he felt compelled to honor Warren for all of his work.
“It is bittersweet,” Williams said. “I knew Mayor Warren for many years, since I’ve been a member of public service. I could never be Mayor Warren and I wouldn’t try. I just hope to be a good mayor for the good people of New Boston.”
Naming Breakfast with Santa in Warren’s honor only seemed right, since Warren started the event and looked forward to it every year.
“It means a lot to a lot of people,” Williams said. “It is a gathering for people to talk, reminisce, and enjoy the holidays, while we share a hearty meal and give to the children of New Boston.”
Parent Shawna Williams took her children to have breakfast and meet Santa.
She was happy with the event, once again, and said she looks forward to bringing her children again next year.
“The kids love it,” Shawna said. “It is the second year we’ve come and it was their first time to see Santa this year. My daughter was excited, and asked him for a real puppy dog for Christmas; she was really happy.”
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Justina Williams, 5, telling Santa what she wants for Christmas