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UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients chat virtually with Santa
Sacramento Bee

Santa had a long line of fans in the UC Davis Children’s Hospital playroom Tuesday, but fortunately for him, they weren’t leaping into his lap.

The big-bellied Christmas figure was up in the “North Pole,” in this case a conference room, greeting kids all over the hospital through a large, high-definition screen. Seated in an office chair and costumed from beard to boot, Santa spoke with each child in the playroom about his or her Christmas wishes and favorite jingles. A backdrop depicting a cozy fireplace on a snowy day helped preserve the magic for patients, most of whom believed that Santa could not come to Sacramento because he was busy preparing for Christmas.