Genoa flips flapjacks for Santa Claus |

Genoa flips flapjacks for Santa Claus

by Caryn Haller
Kaylie Minden, 5, talks with Santa on Saturday in the Genoa Town Hall.
Caryn Haller |

Saturday’s snowfall didn’t stop more than 300 people from having pancakes and sausage with Old Saint Nicholas in Genoa.

The annual Breakfast With Santa event allowed children to personally deliver their Christmas wish list and get some one-on-one time with the jolly man.

“It’s really cute and quaint here, and we like to see Santa,” said Tracey Rasmussen who brought her four children to the breakfast. “I also like that you get to write letters to Santa and he writes back.”

“You’re never too old for Santa,” oldest sibling Savannah, 12, added.

Genoa resident John Phillips, 91, finished his pancakes before visiting with Santa.

“I brought my great-grandkids, my son and my wife,” he said. “I’m going to ask Santa for a snowblower.”

Kaylie Minden, 5, has serious business to do with Santa.

“I asked Santa for an American Girl Doll. I like having breakfast with Santa and getting pictures with him,” she said. “I told him I hope his reindeer are doing good. I like Rudolph because his nose shines in the dark.”

Santa Claus handed out candy canes and carefully tucked away each child’s letter.

“I love coming to Genoa for breakfast,” he said. “They even brought me snow to make me feel at home.”

Town volunteers cooked up 1,000 pancakes and sausage links for the guests, while high school students served and cleared tables.

“What I heard from numerous guests was that they love Breakfast with Santa because of the hometown relaxed atmosphere where their children can spend time with Santa, and they can take pictures with Santa. It is a very different experience from the typical Santa visit at the mall,” said Philip Ritger, Genoa town manager. “An event like this could not happen without the help of a great many people. This year in addition to the usual suspects of town resident volunteers, we also had a group of Douglas High students from Leadership and Key Club help out. They did a tremendous job for us.”

Upcoming events in Genoa include the Christmas in the Sierra concerts at 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and the Joyful Noise show 7 p.m. Dec. 19.

For more information, call 782-8696.