Santa made an appearance for photos in Kutztown recently, and is making his rounds throughout Berks County.
Jolly Old St. Nicholas made a stop at Pop’s Malte Shoppe in Kutztown during the Main Street Christmas event Nov. 30.
“It’s a family event focusing on our community,” said Joel Seidel, owner of Pop’s Malte Shoppe who took photos of Santa with the visiting children.
“Seeing families come in together and watching little faces light up when they walk around the corner to see Santa warms your heart. Sometimes I think I should be capturing that moment instead of sitting on his lap,” said Seidel.
“Some have excitement, some have curiosity, and others have a little fear. Either way, they all come to see the man in red to give him their list of what they want for Christmas this year.”
The significance of children being able to sit with Santa is that for some it’s the first time they’ve actually seen Santa in person and not just in a storybook, said Seidel.
“Some of the children have waited weeks to finally come and see him face to face, and that allows them to explain exactly what they want in detail and make sure he understands what they want,” he said.
Seidel hopes the event helps everyone in the community get into the Christmas spirit a little more.
“Having a place to go where you walk in and hear Christmas music, see Santa, smell chocolate in the air from our candy kitchen and having the chance to see your neighbors can’t help but to give you a good feeling,” said Seidel.
After a visit with Santa, children and their families could get their hands sticky by making their own sweets at the malte shoppe’s candy making workshop, a new addition to hosting Santa.
“We thought it would be fun for kids (and adults) to come in, see Santa then provide something more to do while visiting,” said the shoppe’s owner.
The workshop allowed visitors togo behind Pop’s counter and make their own chocolate candy creation.
“Melted chocolate was ready to be poured into molds to make lollipops, or poured over Rice Krispie treats, and even cake pops were made and ready to be dipped and decorated. We also made Christmas cookies that could be decorated to your own taste. It was fun for all who ventured into their creative side,” said Seidel.
Then, staff put the candy creation in a gift box wrapped with a ribbon.
“I think the children had a good feeling about what they were doing, not only was it fun (and samples were delicious) but it was something made by them to be given as a special gift,” he said.
The staff’s favorite part of candy making was watching the kids play around and come up with some delicious looking and smelling gifts.
“There is no better way to put a smile on a child’s face then to let them make their own candy!”
Seidel and the staff at Pop’s hope everyone had a good time and took some Christmas cheer along with them to start their holiday season. They have already started to think about next year’s Christmas on Main Street and how they can help make it an even bigger and better event.
“It really was a fantastic day with an old fashioned Christmas feel and we look forward to doing it again next year,” said Seidel. “Happy Holidays from all of us at Pop’s Malt Shoppe!”
Photos by Joel Seidel Photography