The Landing hosts holiday event for Soldiers, Families
W01 Kalob Bowman, B Company, 1st Battalion, 145th Aviation Regiment, comforts his son, Blaire, as his daughter, Jenna, anxiously waits to get her picture taken with Santa at the Landing after their breakfast with Santa Dec. 15.

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (December 20, 2012) -- Christmas is just around the corner and the man in the red suit is making the final checks on his list, but Families had another opportunity to get on Santa's good side while enjoying a hot breakfast at the Landing.

The Big Breakfast with Santa went from 9 a.m. to noon, and Families had a chance to cozy up to the man in red and enjoy a buffet-style breakfast with pancakes, bacon, eggs, grits and a variety of other breakfast foods as one way to jump into the holiday spirit, according Esther Rodriquez, promotion coordinator at the Landing.

"We do this every year and it's just something that we do for the community to enjoy," she said. "We just want people to come out and have a good time with Family and friends, and enjoy a good breakfast. The children love to see Santa and it puts smiles on their faces, and we love to put those smiles on people's faces."

The breakfast was a good chance for Family members to come out and get started on their Holiday experiences, according to Amy White, civilian.

"We just wanted to come out and let the kids have breakfast with Santa and experience the joy of Christmas with the Family," she said. "We grew up in Ozark, so Fort Rucker is a part of who we are and a part of our community. I think it's great that they offer things that civilians can come out and participate in."

White, who lives in Ozark, heard about the event through Facebook and decided to come with her husband, John, and children, Tenley and Will.

"I just like having all of my Family with me and spending time with them," said Will.

Rodriguez said that they have gotten nothing but positive feedback from the community and that's the main reason they continue to provide events like Breakfast with Santa.

"We've had a great turnout this morning and compliments from everyone, which is always nice," said the promotions coordinator. "They come to eat, they stick around and mingle and have a good time. We always hear good things and everyone goes home with good memories."

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