NDSU Bookstore Brings Santa Claus to Town
Students reminisce of Christmases of Yore
Published: Friday, December 6, 2013
Updated: Friday, December 6, 2013 01:12
Fargo resembled a shaken snow globe Monday with flurries floating and students slipping across campus sidewalks. Inside the Memorial Union, however, students warmed up and had the chance to partake in a festive photo opportunity.
The NDSU Bookstore organized their annual “Photos with Santa” photo shoot Monday from 1-3 p.m. The event raised money for charity and brightening spirits throughout the event. The donations raised from this year’s “Photos with Santa” will benefit the Fargo-Moorhead Emergency Food Pantry.
For a suggested donation of $1, anybody could take a seat on Santa’s lap for a photo or two. The photos later became available on the NDSU Bookstore Facebook page. Dolly Wadholm, a bookstore marketing advisor, said this was around the bookstore’s 10th year of hosting this event.
The centerpiece for every photo, Kriss Kringle himself, said that the bookstore photo shoot was not his first rodeo. This particular Santa has been volunteering his time, donning a red suit and smiling for the cameras for around a decade. He has seen it all, from elated eight year olds to terrified toddlers and has heard every request. In today’s technological age, youngsters are asking for iPads instead of “Legos and dolls,” Santa said, but traditional toys are still desired.
As for Dareien Lund, a sophomore studying music education, all she wants for Christmas is “world peace and to pass all my finals.” Her roommate, Kristi Schweiss, a sophomore double majoring in music and agriculture business, agreed and added she would like some “car tires that don’t leak, too!”
The roomies took a picture with Santa for their Christmas card, which will be distributed to family, friends and the Dining Center ladies at the Union, Lund said.
Lund recalled leaving Santa a couple of Oreos and “slices of cheese,” along with sprinkling “reindeer food” outside for Santa’s flying mammals to munch on while Santa shimmied down the chimney.
At the bookstore on Monday, over the warm smell of pretzels and coffee, it may be hard to deny that the spirit of Christmas was not present.
“I totally believe in Santa,” Lund said.