Saturday, December 18, 2004
Courtesy of Zemblan patriot J.M.: Michael Jackson must have been extra-good this year, because Santa brought him several busloads of presents:
Christmas came early for some 200 children who got to play at Michael Jackson's amusement park and meet Santa Claus.
"I hope you have a wonderful day. Merry Christmas. I love you," the pop singer called out to the children Friday from the driveway of his estate.
Jackson, who faces trial next year on child molestation charges, appeared happy during the few minutes he spoke to the arriving throng.
One of the youngsters shouted, "We love you!"
"I love you more," Jackson replied before putting an umbrella over his head and walking back toward his house.
Jackson spokeswoman Raymone K. Bain said the entertainer chose to make an unusual personal appearance as a surprise for the last group of children touring Neverland before the Christmas holidays.
Bain said there was no relationship between the event and Jackson's upcoming trial.