Cowboy Santa delights kids at Booth
by John DeFoor
Dec 11, 2011 | 3790 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Reece Bandy grabs Cowboy Santa’s hat to try it on.  Saturday was Breakfast with Santa day at the Booth Western Art Museum. Reece is the son of Chad and Melanie Bandy.
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Children gathered together Saturday at the Booth Western Art Museum to enjoy breakfast and have their pictures taken with Santa -- dressed in his best cowboy outfit.

Along with his traditional red and white outfit, Santa wore a red cowboy hat -- decorated with a holly sprig -- and a red vest.

"Its such a unique thing we are able to do at the Booth's Museum," said Tara Currier, the museum's director of marketing. "Anyone can go get their picture with Santa Claus at the mall or various other places around town but no one else can have a Cowboy Santa so it's just really fun and the kids get a kick out of it."

Members and guests ate with Cowboy Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Booth Ballroom from 9 to 11 a.m. and later took pictures with the North Pole couple in the museum's store.

"He looks kinda funny," Julia Chilton said. She asked Santa for a walkie-talkie and an iPad for Christmas. She believes Santa dressed up as a cowboy "to make people laugh."

Luke Rusbridge agrees that Santa looked "funny." He and his brother Will came dressed in cowboy hats of their own. Luke said Santa dressed up "because of this place is kinda cowboyish." He asked Santa for a "remote control helicopter that gives treats to animals ... to kitties and doggies."

"They love anything cowboy," said Dianne Murphy, the boys' grandmother. She feels that spending time at a museum is much better for children than sitting in front of a television or playing video games. "It's good for kids."

Other activities for the children included ornament making where the children could color cutout gingerbread men, snowmen and angels. Luke colored a snowman ornament to give to his mom and dad.

Children lined up to meet Santa beside the Christmas tree dressed in cowboy hats, Christmas sweaters and other festive holiday clothing.

Currier's favorite part of the event is seeing all the kids dressed up.

"It's really cute that people wear their Christmas attire but they do it with a Western flare," she said. "Little girls with silver cowboy boots or dressed in their western vests that are still Christmas themed. They really play into the western theme and get into the cowboy spirit themselves."

Seven-year-old Lorraine Cain wore a pink cowboy hat. She said seeing Cowboy Santa was "pretty cool ... because I've never really seen him like that. He looks like a real cowboy."