Judging by the never-ending lines to see Santa at Roosevelt Field and Walt Whitman malls, it's clear that people still believe. Here's a sample of some folks who shared their Christmas wishes with us during their pilgrimage to see ol' Saint Nick.


NAME James Walter

AGE 5

HOMETOWN East Meadow

CHRISTMAS WISH James is a big Batman fan, so when it comes to Christmas, his mind is in Gotham City. "I want a Mr. Freeze cave and Commissioner Gordon with his police car," he says. "I need them for my collection."

For his Dec. 12 birthday he received a Gotham City Jail and a Batman doll that's "almost as big as he is," says his mom, Maureen, 48. She says he often plays with his twin 17 year-old brothers.

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As for her own Christmas wish, she says, "I want a new car; any SUV would be good."


NAME Luke Russell

AGE 4

HOMETOWN Massapequa

CHRISTMAS WISH Luke doesn't have to think long. "I want a monster truck -- a Turbo one, and a robot to go in the truck," he shouts with glee, as if he's been waiting to say it out loud all year.

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He's the baby of the family, says his mom, Antoinette, 49, so "he gets a lot of love and attention."

Luke already has plans to drive his monster truck with a remote control around his house "running over stuff." Mom's wish? "I simply want health and happiness for my family," she says.


NAME Peter Thompson III

AGE 6

HOMETOWN Uniondale

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CHRISTMAS WISH Peter's a busy guy. He's multitasking while waiting on line to see Santa at Roosevelt Field, focused on battling video game bad guys on his tablet. But he takes a quick break to address his Christmas list. "I hope Santa gives me 1,000 toys!" he says with a sly smile. Then we get into specifics. "I want Skylanders . . . the ones that can blow up, shoot and make fire!"

But there's more.

"My wish is for kids that don't have anything to receive something . . . right, Poppa?" he says, looking at his father, Peter Thompson II, 41. Poppa nods in agreement.


NAME Lindsay Paez

AGE 6

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HOMETOWN Bellerose

CHRISTMAS WISH When it comes to Christmas, Lindsay is going for comfort. "I'm looking for a SeatPet," she says, explaining "it's a stuffed animal on your seat belt that prevents red marks on your neck in the car."

But Lindsay's about to get an even bigger gift this Christmas: she will meet her grandfather for the first time. "My father is coming from the Dominican Republic. I haven't seen him for 10 years," says Lindsay's mom, Julie. " We're all excited."


NAME Shay, Kasey and Zach Brymer

AGE 6, 4 and 4

HOMETOWN Long Beach

CHRISTMAS WISH The Brymer bunch has a lot of energy and big smiles. When it comes to Christmas wishes, Shay, as the oldest, takes the lead. "I want a Lalaloopsy with button eyes that I can play and sleep with," she says.

"Me too! So we can play together," sister Kasey adds enthusiastically.

Zach has his own ideas. One word: "Transformers!"

Mom, Linda, 57, is simply happy to see their hometown back on its feet after superstorm Sandy. "We are dry this year and that's a good thing," she says. "Our boardwalk is back and it looks amazing."


NAME Alexa Shekian

AGE 9

HOMETOWN East Northport

CHRISTMAS WISH Alexa admits that she got some gifts early in the season, such as a giant stuffed teddy bear and a bean bag chair, so her Christmas wish is a simple one.

Says the 9-year-old: "I just want everyone to have a good year."