Santa conspired with a love-struck California man by lending a knee for a surprise marriage proposal.
Jenny Hoang took a friend's children to see Santa at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Sunday. She was helping the kids off Santa's lap when Old St. Nick waved her back.
Santa told the 27-year-old she's been very good and there's a special gift for her.
Her boyfriend of nine years Jonathan Nguyen, who is also 27, emerged, got down on a knee and proposed. She said yes, then slid slid off Santa's lap and kneeled down so Jonathan could slip a ring on her finger.
The groom-to-be told the Orange County Register he secretly enlisted the help of the shopping mall and Santa to pull off the surprise. Here are a few images from the Register.
Published at 1:29 PM PST on Dec 20, 2010
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