NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. — As the old saying goes, Santa Claus is always watching, and 2-year-old Skylar and 6-year old Easton of North Tonawanda can't wait for his arrival.
"Easton and I have been listening to holiday music since Halloween," mother Mallory Pisarek said.
Each year the kids write letters to Santa, telling him what they would like for Christmas. This year they discovered Santa's helper, Julia Protzman, who lives around the corner. You can spot the Protzman's house because Santa's mailbox is out front.
"We took a walk around the block because there was a big red Santa mailbox by the street, and we put our letters in that mailbox this time," Pisarek said.
This week, during some uncommon quiet time during the holiday season, the Pisareks were home relaxing.
"We were hanging out at home, and what happened at the front door? The door bell rang, and I said, 'Oh my gosh, I think I heard the door bell ring,' and we went to the front door. And what did we see? Presents," Pisarek said.
There on their front porch on Dean Drive were presents addressed to Skylar and Easton.
Legos and toys were wrapped beautifully in silver with letters from Santa himself. The letters said the kids were so good this year that he had his helper give them a couple gifts early.
"(They were) very good little boys and girls, and so we wanted to let them know that there is other people out there watching, that it's not just Santa, and we wanted to make sure that they knew that they deserved a little something early," Protzman said.
Added Pisarek: "We talk a lot about, like the magic of Christmas, we've really gotta believe in things that are bigger than ourselves. And I said this is just one of those times where we were experiencing Christmas magic."