Before Christmas, Santa Claus appeared early at the child-rearing support center in Atsugi City, Kanagawa Prefecture, and handed out hand-made presents to the children.

At the child care support center in Atsugi City, on the morning of the 23rd, staff dressed as Santa Claus and reindeer appeared before about 80 parents and children who were playing in the hall.

The children cheered at the sudden appearance, and when they were handed the handmade toys, they happily received them with a "thank you."

After this, the children sang and danced with Santa Claus and enjoyed an early Christmas.

A 5-year-old girl said, "I was happy. I will play with the toys I got."

Harumi Oshio, assistant manager of the Atsugi City Child Care Support Center, said, "I'm glad that parents and children enjoyed themselves. I think they were refreshed, so I'm happy."