BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - This morning Mt. Carmel Society hosted their annual Breakfast With Santa at Mt. Carmel Hall. This year, the breakfast was split into two seatings, previously Santa welcomed a steady flow of attendees for five hours straight.
Elves played the role of the gatekeepers to the back room where Santa and Mrs. Claus greeted children who anxiously waited for their chance to meet them. Parents and grandparents clapped their hands in an attempt to capture the perfect photos of their little ones.
This annual event has become a tradition for many local families and neighbors.
Together, they enjoy an exciting morning of holiday magic, festivities, camaraderie and delicious breakfast foods. “We just love to see these kids have a nice time with their families,” said Mt. Carmel Society President Joe Franchino.
The breakfast buffet featured pancakes, blueberry pancakes, eggs, bacon, their famous sausage, donuts, bagels and muffins. Steaming coffee and hot water for tea flowed from the giant urns and an array of fruit juices were also available. A 24’’ flatscreen television and a ‘Basket of Cheer’ were raffled off.
Mt. Carmel’s annual event spreads holiday cheer much further than just to those that attend. Families were asked to donate unwrapped gifts for the society’s annual toy drive benefiting the Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside and following this morning's event, members brought leftovers to Lyons VA Hospital in Basking Ridge.
“It is always good to see all the little kids and their families come out to see me for breakfast at Mt. Carmel Hall every year before I prepare for my big night, just nine short nights away,” shared Santa.