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Double, and even triple, the joy when families of multiples visit Santa

Santa Claus was seeing double at South Coast Plaza early Thursday, Dec. 12.

No, his eyes weren’t blurry from a long night out with the elves – he was visited by 36 sets of twins and triplets in Costa Mesa.

The Saddleback Mothers of Multiples hosted the annual event that allowed parents to bring their kids to see Santa two hours before the mall opened.

Megan Turnage stands with her twins, Madison and Mackenzie, 4, as she takes a picture of her son, Jack, with Santa Claus at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA, on Thursday, Dec 12, 2019. The Saddleback Mothers of Multiples club arranged the early visit with Santa before the mall opened. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Twins and triplets pose for a picture with Santa Claus at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA, on Thursday, Dec 12, 2019. The Saddleback Mothers of Multiples club arranged the early visit with Santa before the mall opened. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Tensley Kinerson, 3, center, smiles as she poses for a picture with her twin brothers, Preston Kinerson, left, and Beckett Kinerson, 2, during a visit with Santa Claus at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA, on Thursday, Dec 12, 2019. The Saddleback Mothers of Multiples club arranged the early visit with Santa before the mall opened. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Sima Lopez, left, and Branden Lopez, right, get their twins, Niki and Niko, ready to sit with Santa Claus at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA, on Thursday, Dec 12, 2019. The Saddleback Mothers of Multiples club arranged the early visit with Santa before the mall opened. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Ricardo Salazar takes a picture of his twins, Jude and Elian, with Santa Claus at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA, on Thursday, Dec 12, 2019. The Saddleback Mothers of Multiples club arranged the early visit with Santa before the mall opened. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Chase Lee, 5, right tries to hide his face as he ans his twin brother, Pierce Lee, left, take a photo with their sister, Reese Lee, 2, and Santa Claus at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA, on Thursday, Dec 12, 2019. The Saddleback Mothers of Multiples club arranged the early visit with Santa before the mall opened. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Twins and triplets and their families pose for a picture with Santa Claus at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA, on Thursday, Dec 12, 2019. The Saddleback Mothers of Multiples club arranged the early visit with Santa before the mall opened. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

“When things are set up nice and neat and organized for you, it just relieves so much stress and anxiety,” said Lauren Nicholson, a mother of triplets. About raising identical twin brothers and their fraternal twin sister, she said: “Only moms and dads who have multiples understand what it’s like”.

In addition to meeting Santa, the parents and children rode the carousel, made crafts and had breakfast in the mall.

The group is not only a social club for parents, Misty Mahoney said the group also adopts at the holidays families with multiples who are in need.

Source: Orange County Register

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