Without a doubt, my favorite Santa-related tradition was the neighborhood Christmas party.
When we first moved into the neighborhood my family lives in, there was a civic association that organized events throughout the year at a small hall/event space in the back of the neighborhood.
Around Christmas, the group organized a party that involved a visit with Santa, gifts, treats and other activities.
Santa’s helper was our neighbor, Mr. Arnold. I remember his jolly laugh — it took me many years to figure out who was Santa’s fill-in.
It was a great holiday get-together — especially for the kids!