Mount Annan’s Santa is ‘practically a saint’

Most people spend Christmas morning opening presents and chowing down on a hearty breakfast.

However David Lennon spends his time walking Mount Annan streets to deliver small gifts to neighbourhood children.

Mr Lennon said he started his festive trek eight years ago.

“I used to dress up as Santa for my kids and my nieces and nephews,” he said.

“They have all grown up now – but I still love it.”

What started as a small venture has now become a two-hour walk with about 60 children to buy for.

Mr Lennon uses his own money to purchase the gifts.

“I figure spending that money only happens once a year and it’s worth it to see the smiles on their faces,” he said.

“It has been fantastic to watch the kids grow up and see new ones come along.”

His neighbour Ben Thompson said he was amazed by what Mr Lennon had done for the community.

He said Mr Lennon was “practically a saint”.

“We all wait out the front for him and wish each other a merry Christmas – it’s a chance to see my neighours for Christmas,” Mr Thompson said.

“Most people only worry about themselves and their family on Christmas but Dave has brought the whole community together.”

Mr Thompson’s daughters, Ashley and Ella, eagerly await Santa’s visit each Christmas Day.

“They run out to meet him as soon as they hear his bell,” he said.

“It is really cool.”

Mr Lennon is also a foster carer.

He plans to make his foster daughter dress up as an elf to help him deliver gifts this year.

“I will have a brand new suit this year – the last one was about 20 years old,” he said.

“I just ring my bell and give a big ‘Ho, ho, ho,’ and the kids come running out to see Santa.

“It’s fantastic.”

Mr Lennon said he won’t be stopping any time soon.

“I’ll be doing this forever,” he said.

“It makes everyone in the neighbourhood happy and kids really love it.”