South Walton's 26 miles of paradise along the coast — surprisingly — can sometimes see its share of finger shakers. Could Santa be one of those?
As we now see jolly old Saint Nick out and about, watching, listening and taking names for his "naughty" or "nice" lists, some might wonder: What does it take to get on Santa's "naughty list"? Or, better still, what would it take to be put on the "naughty" list in South Walton?
The Sun asked that question of some who live here and garnered a variety of interesting answers.
The Red Bar's Oli Petit said whoever doesn't buy their Christmas gifts from South Walton merchants will definitely be on Santa's naughty list.
South Walton Fire District Chief Rick Talbert agrees. "So often during the holidays we become consumed with getting gifts and not spending time doing or giving to others," he said. "But not spending time supporting our local businesses by purchasing our gifts at the local level should get you on Santa's naughty list."
On a different note, Sandestin resident Peggy Lillie believes that cutting in line on a Sunday morning at the Donut Hole should be right at the top of the list of things that would get you on Santa's naughty list.
Eastern Lake's Nina Horn believes anyone singing off key in the Ecumenical Choir's Christmas musical will put you there.
"If you break the Sunshine Law!" said Grayton Beach's Pat Carlyle.
Naughty for Nancy Strother is closing her eyes, forgetting about who is watching and dancing like there is no tomorrow! You go, girl!
Columnist Ron Hart said it is taking less and less with each passing year to put him on Santa's naughty list.
Seacrest's Pauline Sutcliffe votes to ban the snow-making machine at WaterColor's Winter Market next year. "I moved from Michigan to get away from that stuff!" she said.
Inlet Beach's Susan Alfieri says, "Santa surely sniffs out those who sabotage and slander others with sanctimonious, saccharine sweetness. Santa is not stupid. He will simply stuff their stockings with the same sticky substance they dish up to others."
Sandestin resident Tina Burke believes walking on South Walton's sand dunes will get you on Santa's naughty list.
Songbird Redd Vizard believes that two things will for sure get you on the naughty list: "The first is leaving your crap on the beach — or anywhere else for that matter! The second is not getting a copy of 'Redd's Big Time Christmas Show' CD!"
Artist Sean Dietrich said painting nudes and posting them on Facebook would do the trick.
Seagrove's Randy Torrey said he believes driving on the beach without a sticker should put you there.
For Realtor Wanda Duke, it would be dancing on the bar at the Marina Bar at Sandestin. Wow!
Realtor Murray Balkcom believes posting 25-mph speed limit signs on the open stretch between WaterColor and Grayton Beach should put you on Santa's naughty list for sure.