His facial expression says it all, as Griffin Post, grandson of Garry and Jean Post of Spring Valley, speaks on the phone with First Lady Michelle Obama on Christmas Eve, as she updates him on Santa’s location. <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Submitted photo
His facial expression says it all, as Griffin Post, grandson of Garry and Jean Post of Spring Valley, speaks on the phone with First Lady Michelle Obama on Christmas Eve, as she updates him on Santa’s location.

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The grandson of Garry and Jean Post of Spring Valley received a special Christmas Eve present while visiting his grandparents for the holidays that was completely unexpected - he spoke with First Lady Michelle Obama on the phone.

Griffin Post, 8, son of Tanner and Brenda Post, of Mankato, was surprised and excited to be connected with the First Lady.

Brenda said it was a "spur of the moment thing" on Christmas Eve, when her husband saw an article in an area paper about calling in to the NORAD Tracks Santa program to get an update on the jolly one's location. She said her husband tried to get through four times and the fourth time was lucky because he got through and was shocked when he was asked if he wanted to talk to the First Lady.

The adults in the household, according to Brenda, thought it was a joke at first. Garry said he "couldn't believe it" that Michelle Obama was on the phone.

Griffin's connection just happened to be one of nine calls the First Lady answered all across the United States for the program during the half-an-hour she took to field calls during her holiday celebration in Hawaii.

The NORAD Tracks Santa program has grown since it first began in 1955, especially with its first presentation on the Internet in 1998. The website receives millions of visitors from around the world. The live operations center on Christmas Eve is occupied for 23 hours with close to 1,200 volunteers receiving hundreds of thousands of phone calls and emails, from around the world.

Brenda said Griffin was "really excited" and thought it was "really cool" to have talked with the president's wife.

Griffin added, "I was really surprised to get to talk to someone related to the president.

"She asked me what I wanted for Christmas," said Griffin, and he told her a glow-in-the-dark football, which he indeed did get for Christmas.

He said the First Lady also asked him what his favorite football team is, to which he replied "the Vikings."

"She asked me if they were having a good season, and I said, 'Yes.'"

Griffin told Michelle Obama about his 5-year-old sister, Sophia, who was also in the room. The First Lady asked what Sophia would want for Christmas, to which she replied an Easy Bake Oven. She also received her request for Christmas.

Before ending their phone conversation, the First Lady told Griffin that Santa was on his way to them soon. She directed the children to go to bed on time and go fast asleep and in the morning Santa will have come.

After the 2 to 3 minute phone call took place, Jean noted she was in "disbelief," and thought, "Did that just really happen?"

Garry noted that after the call, Griffin was really excited, and went around exclaiming, "I talked to Michelle Obama!"

Griffin said he "can't wait to tell the other kids at school about it" when he gets back from break. In fact, the whole family has been excited to share the tale. One can be assured it will be a Christmas Eve that will go down in the history books for the Post family.