Even Santa needs a lunch break.
He and Mrs. Claus were spotted Thursday afternoon at the Olive Garden in White Marsh.
Santa said his preparations for Christmas were almost complete and gave some final advice to area children: "They should listen to their parents."
Mrs. Claus also reminded children to "listen for jingle bells on the night before Christmas and leave carrots for the reindeer."
Their appearance caused a stir among restaurant goers. Many waved and at least one little girl, Noelle Watson of Essex, ran up to whisper a few last-minute Christmas wishes into his ear.
They were joined during lunch by their close friends, Glenn and Theresa Shiflett of Edgemere.
Where have you seen Santa this season? Tell us in the comments.