Breakfast with Santa in Bergen Beach

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Santa time: Isaiah Ellis smiles as he waits to meet Santa.
Games galore: A group of kids play musical chairs during the celebration.
Christmas coziness: John Cruz holds his little brother, Jeremias, during their Santa encounter.
Santa’s helpers: Jeanine Lipton, left, Rosemary Kuhner, center, and Mary Scott don fur-lined red hats identical to Kris Kringle’s costume.
Plenty of presents: Don Kuhner, the president of the First Kings Masonic District Association, displays presents he plans to give to the kids.
Sayonara, Santa: Santa Claus waves to the crowd while he is perched atop his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Rise and shine with Santa Claus!

The First Kings District Association Youth Committee and the Masonic Association for Charity hosted its second-annual Breakfast with Santa event at the Midwood Masonic Temple in Bergen Beach on Dec. 21.

The seasonal celebration included a festive feast and games for the kids, and the organizers distributed presents to more than 100 low-income families who attended the event.

The event was a superb celebration, according to one parent, who said Santa Claus was the real deal.

“He was very sweet,” said Michelle Cruz, who lives in East New York and brought her four sons to the festive event. “He knew how to treat the kids.”

Cruz said her youngsters enjoyed the event so much that they didn’t want to stray from Santa’s side.

“They were happy, they didn’t want to leave — I said ‘let’s go, let’s go, let’s go,’ ” she said.

Another parent said the event was a great way to celebrate the holiday as a family.

“We really don’t get to get out too often together,” said Elijah Ellis, who lives in Queens and attended the celebration with his six children. “They enjoyed everything — they had a wonderful time.”

Reach reporter Vanessa Ogle at or by calling (718) 260–4507. Follow her
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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