Santa and Poinsettia Tree Usher in Holidays at Mall in Columbia

Construction began on the poinsettia tree Thursday while Santa made his grand entrance.


Santa Claus has arrived at the Mall in Columbia.

"It took us no time at all to get here," said Santa about his trip from the North Pole as he sat in a red chair in the middle of the first floor of the Mall in Columbia.

"Mortimer the elf flies Santa down and then takes the sleigh to a nearby field not far from here where there is plenty of alfalfa and hay to feed the reindeer," added Santa.

On Thursday, Santa was greeted by about 300 kids during his first full day the Mall. Neaby, construction began on the two-story poinsettia tree that will fill the fountain.

Five workers were placing the approximately 800 poinsettias around the top, rigging them into irrigation lines that will provide water for the plants.

The poinsettia tree has been a fixture during the holidays at the mall since its opening in 1971, according to Michelle Jose, the mall's marketing manager.

In 2007, the mall decided not to install the tree, in favor of a new display, to change things up, according to Jose, but due to strong community reaction the tree was brought back the next year.

"They really love their traditions here," said Jose, "people really love to see the tree year after year."

To install the tree, the mall brings in a large aluminum structure that holds the plants, drains the fountain, cleans up the coins (which are donated to Habitat for Humanity) and then installs the red poinsettias one by one on the structure.

After the holidays, the mall lines up the poinsettias around the outside of the fountain and shoppers are encouraged to take the plants home.

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Brook Hubbard November 15, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Does anyone remember when "Santa" and Christmas decorations didn't show up until December?
rlp November 15, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Please lets not have a month and a half of Christmas. One day we will have about a month break from Christmas. Enough already.
EL November 16, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Doesn't Nordstrom's still do it that way?
Mrs. Claus November 16, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Bah Humbug Brook and rlp!! The holiday season is fun, and brings smiles to peoples faces. Who cares if it starts a little early? Stop complaining, you don't have to go to the mall to see it...if you have such a problem with displaying the decorations early, stay away and leave the parking for people that enjoy this time of year.
Brook Hubbard November 16, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Remember the adage, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder"? Christmas seemed so magical when shopping forays began in December. For a few weeks, everyone and their families were out and about, interacting with each other, surrounded by sights, sounds, and smells. Now, you're inundated by corporate messages for a month and a half (or more!) and people are fighting just to save a little money. I love the Holidays... but what made them magical was they only showed up for a little bit each year. October was full of ghost stories, candy, and costumes... culminating in Halloween. November picked up with tons of harvests, Fall foods and hayrides... ending with Thanksgiving. Then you had a week break and December was full of decorations, carols, Christmas Trees... ending with Christmas. Each holiday had it's place and each was special during that month. Now we ignore that and drench ourselves in the commercialism of it all. No wonder our kids are growing up to ignore the beauty of life in the name of egocentrism, entitlement, and self-gratification.
John Milton Wesley November 18, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Again this year our friend is home for the holidays. Thanks for bringing back the tree.
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