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Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus greet children at Harrisburg District Library

  • Jasper DeNeal and Ellie DeNeal visit Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus Saturday at Harrisburg District Library.

    Jasper DeNeal and Ellie DeNeal visit Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus Saturday at Harrisburg District Library.
    TRAVIS DENEAL PHOTO

  • Zoie Reeder, left, and Jason Avery of Vienna visit Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus Saturday in the parking lot of Harrisburg District Library.

    Zoie Reeder, left, and Jason Avery of Vienna visit Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus Saturday in the parking lot of Harrisburg District Library.
    TRAVIS DENEAL PHOTO

  • Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus sit in their sleigh as a neighborhood cat enjoys the festivites at Harrisburg District Library Saturday.

    Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus sit in their sleigh as a neighborhood cat enjoys the festivites at Harrisburg District Library Saturday.
    TRAVIS DENEAL PHOTO

  • Cars with excited children line up to visit Santa Claus in the parking lot of Harrisburg District Library Saturday.

    Cars with excited children line up to visit Santa Claus in the parking lot of Harrisburg District Library Saturday.

 
By Travis DeNeal tdeneal@dailyregister.com
updated: 12/9/2020 1:33 PM

HARRISBURG -- A worldwide pandemic couldn't stop Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, as the two made an appearance Saturday at Harrisburg District Library to visit with good little girls and boys.

Because COVID-19 mitigations have caused many group gatherings and events to be canceled, Santa Claus seems to be stretched a little thin this year, and on Saturday cars filled with excited youngsters visited from Saline County and several neighboring counties.

Also taking advantage of the festivities was a long-haired gray cat, a neighborhood visitor who seemed to enjoy the happy sounds of children sharing their Christmas wishes with the visiting North Pole royalty.

Harrisburg District Library Director Krystal Gulley said library staff was thrilled with the turnout and the weather.

"I don't believe you could ask for better weather for something like this," Gulley said.