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Santa brings annual cheer to Saugerties on Christmas Day

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Generations of Saugerties folk make a mad dash to the streets for the annual Santa Candy Run in the village. YNN's Alexandra Weishaupt has more on the Christmas Day tradition.

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. -- “I love the tradition. I used to go out and visit Santa when I was little,” said Lori Beth Torok, a Saugerties resident.

It’s a longtime tradition in Saugerties. Christmas Day marks 93 years of the Santa Candy Run for every child throughout the village.

“They love to sit on his lap and shake his hand and have their parents take their picture,” said Secretary of C.A. Lynch Hose Company Jim Gage.

The Sunday before Christmas, volunteers gather at the Lynch Hose Company to package more than 2,500 boxes of candy. And when Christmas morning hits, Santa jumps on his fire truck to deliver the yuletide bounty.

The run began right after World War I when the veterans had just returned home. Many of them were volunteer firefighters and decided they wanted to do something to lift spirits within the village. The tradition sparked and has continued ever since.

“It’s just the look on the kids’ faces when they come out. That's the best thing,” said Chief Driver of C.A. Lynch Hose Company Brian Mason.

Mason has driven the truck for several years and says he never tires of the good cheer the fire department spreads. And those of the receiving end, including Joseph Montano, say they wouldn't miss it for the world.

“It’s a mad dash to get down the hill before we miss the truck, but it’s a great thing that they do for the kids every year,” said Montano, a Saugerties resident.

A multigenerational event making for shared experience that brings out shared memories amongst all ages. And it's showing no signs of slowing down.

“There’s still magic in Christmas,” said Torok.

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