NORTH POLE – Papa Elf announced today that Santa’s workshop is running slightly ahead of schedule for the first time in 223 years! As a result of this happy news, Santa and Mrs. Claus have planned an extra visit to see the children before Christmas. “It’s a rare treat to have Mrs. Claus join me on one of my many trips throughout the world,” said Santa with a lovely twinkle in his eye. “We can’t wait to visit McCormick again!” Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be traveling to McCormick in their custom railway car which will be pulled by the Polar Express. This magnificent train is quite invisible under normal circumstances, but it can be viewed by children who know where to look in their local library. Everyone is invited to meet the Clauses and take pictures on Saturday, December 9th from 1 until 4 pm at the McCormick County Library. Holiday snacks will be served.