THE NORTH POLE — “You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout, I’m telling you why, Santa Claus is coming to town!“
Despite being super busy, the man of the hour, Santa Claus himself, took some time to call-in and chat with the Sidney Daily News about getting ready for the big night quickly approaching — Christmas Eve.
Preparations for that magical night begins the very next day after Christmas for the next year, Santa said.
“It takes a full calender-year to get ready for Christmas. On Dec. 26, after I get home, we start all over again for the next Christmas,” Saint Nick said. “Mrs. Claus gets up when I arrive back home to the North Pole, and we celebrate our Christmas together and then I take a break for the rest of that day. And then I get right back to it the next day.”
When asked if the elves are good at making computerized toys, he said they do the best they can, but sometimes he needs to reach out to other toy companies for help on how to put certain types of toys together. Santa also admitted with the increase of technology, it has absolutely changed the way they do things at the North Pole.
“There has been so many changes at the North Pole and additions to my sleigh with GPS, radar and guidance systems. There are so many things in the sky nowadays, those things help keep Santa and the reindeer safe,” he said. “And the elves still make things by hand in the old-time way, but we also have computer programmers and electronic toy making elves up at the North Pole. And they all really have to work hard to put that stuff together for the good little boys and girls of the world.”
“The magic of Christmas” is the only way to answer how all of the toys for so many millions of children fits into his sleigh. But Santa also admitted that on occasion he has forgotten things for the trip.
“I try not to, but sometimes it does happen. There are times Christmas magic helps on that rare occasion when a special toy is missed, but sometimes we don’t get everything we want for Christmas. But Santa does the best he can,” the big guy explained.
The exact route he and the reindeer take on Christmas Eve was the one thing he refused to comment much on.
“Well, Santa will never ever, ever give away his exact route,” he said with a chuckle. “Because it would be too predictable. And if little girls and boys would have the exact route, then they would know how late they would need to stay up and catch Santa Claus (at their house) and that would make the magic very difficult.”
In terms of how to build he and the reindeer’s stamina to be in tip-top shape for his annual global rounds, he said Mrs. Claus works hard to make sure he is well feed.
“I make sure the reindeer are always fed right with plenty of good feed. And Mrs. Claus does a really good job of making sure that Santa Claus is very well rested and well nourished. Sometimes, I get so caught up in the season and forget to eat or rest and get enough sleep. So she he is very big factor in making sure I am ready for the trip on Christmas Eve,” Santa said.
He was almost stumped when asked what is Santa’s most favorite cookie?
“Oh, boy… there are just so many good cookies of the world that Santa loves. But ya know, I think there are two favorites. You got the good-ole faithful chocolate chip — that is probably at the top of the list — but I also love the peanut butter cookie with a chocolate kiss on top,” Santa admitted. “And just plain white milk is good for Santa Clause.”
When enjoying his cookies and milk during his brief break before leaving the homes of the good little boys and girls, Santa will take the time to stop and read any notes or letters sometimes left for him.
“I guess the biggest thing I want to share is to remember what the season is about. And boys and girls, be good for your mommies and daddies, follow the rules and make sure to be on the nice list,” Santa said before hanging up the phone to get back to work. “And also, make sure you get to bed nice and early on Christmas Eve. Then Santa will be there to leave your treasures for you to find the next morning.”
To track Santa Claus’s general whereabouts on Christmas Eve, visit https://www.noradsanta.org/
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