Santa took time out from his busy schedule to visit with kids Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Newport Masonic Center in St. Paul Park. Zac Cummins, 6, entered into negotiations with St. Nick.

"What do you want for Christmas?" Santa aksed.

"A gun," Zac replied.

"A nerf gun?"

"No, a real gun."

Santa was nonplussed until Zac explained that he wanted the gun to hunt ducks with his father.

Perhaps Zac might have to settle for an official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot, range model air rifle.

The party was organized by Newport Masonic Lodge 118 and Eastern Star Members from Queen Esther Chapter 26. Members of the East Ridge High School National Honor Society donned elf hats and did crafts with the kids.