|Matt and Amy Clark, with Santa, 1968|
I don’t remember being afraid of Santa, I do remember our yearly visits and getting our pictures taken with him. Mom would take us to Randhurst Mall in Mount Prospect, Illinois. I remember the center court had penguin statues that my brother and I would climb on. The Santa’s set up with the elves was always fun.
I wonder if being taken to Santa’s Village while growing up quelled any fear of Santa – to me Santa always meant fun, fun, fun. Santa’s Village was an amusement park in East Dundee, Illinois. The park was Christmas all year round. It even had a North Pole that was ice in the park center. The park closed in 2006. I remember taking my eldest daughter Jessica to the park in 1986, that was the last time I had the pleasure of being at the park.