NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-For the last four years, the North Salem Lions have hosted its “Pancake Breakfast With Santa,” giving the kids of North Salem (and the Lions Club members, admittedly) a tradition to enjoy each year. While pancakes might not be a mainstay holiday item on breakfast tables anytime soon, it’s now a must-have for the Lions, Santa and their pancake-loving cohorts.

It began as a way for kids to spend some quality time with Santa, Bob Loeb, Lions Club president said. The photos taken with Santa, courtesy of the Lions, are free to the public along with the pancakes.

“It’s fun for the kids,” he explained. “They can spend time with Santa rather than be ushered through a line at the mall.”

This year’s event was held Dec. 2 at the Lions Club’s community center.