"It's very high-energy. The kids' excitement is infectious." says Paula Drager, who coordinated this year's bash for the EAC on 7 December. The highlight for many of the youngsters was a chance to sit on Santa's lap and get their picture taken. As in several years past, Kerry Slaven returned to wear the red suit and the white beard. Carlye Calvin snapped photos. Parents get a complimentary print of their child with Santa, courtesy of the EAC. For each youngster, there's an age-appropriate gift. This year, it was books--well received, according to Paula.
Dee Johnson, wife of NCAR's Paul Johnson, helped the kids paint their own ceramic ornaments. "They love it," says Paula. "Some of them spend hours on it." The children also could turn the other cheek and have their own faces painted by Denise Anderson (daughter of UCAR's Sandra Sundquist). Members of the NCAR cafeteria staff served up treats for the kids, with the help of some contributions from parents. The beverage of choice was red punch, says Paula. "Once they're all running around with red mouths, they look really cute in their pictures." BH