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Santa's worth the wait in Chestertown

Meanwhile, Wayne Williams and Scott and Ruth Joseph of Faith Bible Church, sang Christmas carols with their acoustic guitars accompanying the traditional melodies.

Tammie LaGuerre stood halfway down the hallway, knowing it might by 45 minutes or so after Santa's arrival that her children Makayla, 6, and Kiana, 5,would get a few minutes with him.

"We've been coming here since my children were babies - they really look forward to it," she said.

Kelly Robbins, with her twins Tanner and Peyton, 6, was standing near the end of the line. She said it was worth the wait to see Santa, but they might be going upstairs in the meantime for cookie decorating in the town library, or take a hayride in a horse drawn wagon while the 100-or-so other children shared their Christmas wishes with Santa.

"We'll be doing lots of things here, including joining in with the Youth Commission's basketball sessions,' she said. "I have a hard time keeping up with the kids."

First to place her children in Santa's lap in Chestertown for 2010 was Brittany Bolton of Valentine Pond Road.

After her children Jacob, Reagan Harley and Riley revealed their Christmas wishes to Santa and Mrs. Claus, Brittany Bolton gazed at the festive duo.

"This has been a wonderful family tradition," she said. "They'll remember this their whole lifetime."

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