Sunday, December 23, 2012

An interview with Santa

Santa at the KBPV Christmas Craft Market
T. Lucas photo

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

Santa took some time out while visiting with children at various Pincher Creek locations to talk about Christmas.  When asked what he preferred to be called, Santa said, "It really depends on where you come from in the world.  Most people call me by really nice names.  I don't mind which someone uses like St. Nick, or Father Christmas, or Santa Claus, I know who they are talking to."

As well as going out to see the children he has also been getting a lot of letters and emails at the  North Pole.  Santa appreciates all mail.  This is only one way that he keeps in touch with what the kids have been doing, and what they want.  "I have to make sure that I get the right gifts to the right children," he said regarding the many dolls, trucks, and other toys he delivers.

"The elves are busy putting the finishing touches on everything.  They work hard at making sure everything is what the children want, and that the packages are correctly marked, and everything goes to the right kids,"  He gave credit both the the many elves and Mrs. Claus, who is a great aide to  Santa's work.

"There aren't many kids that don't deserve to have a Christmas.  I try my best to do as much as I can.  the population has grown, you know, and I am not getting any younger.  It's not just me that makes Christmas.  It's all the moms, and dads, and service clubs, and organizations, to help make Christmas good for everyone," Santa said.  When asked more about the naughty and nice list, he said that he doesn't give out the names on the list.  "Everyone has time to redeem themselves, even this late in the year,"  he said with a wink.  Santa asked some of the kids if they have been helping around the house, doing their chores, getting along with brothers and sisters, and doing their school work.

"We are getting down to the crunch time now.  We have been working since mid August.  We do a lot of planning, then we get stuff ready, and right now the elves are putting the finishing touches to most of the stuff,"  he said.  "The awkward thing is when they ask for computers and electronic stuff.  We don't make those, actually, at our place.  So we have to put in an order and get then from somewhere else.  Then I have to hope we get them in time to load them on the sleigh to be distributed,"  he stated.

"The only thing that I don't do anymore is pets.  Children ask for a puppy, or a kitten, or a bunny, or a pony. I leave that with their parents.  They can make arrangements on their own or with me. I try not to go against what mom and dad have said, and we don't have any cages in the sleigh so I have to work with the parents.  Also, some animals get scared during the flight."   He pointed out that having a happy and safe Christmas also includes animals.

The reindeer are doing very well, according to Santa, "The summer this year up where we are has been quite a bit milder, and they have been out all year in the tundra.  I can call on the same group of reindeer this year as I did last year.  Rudolf survived another year, and he will be leading the way again."

"I wish that we could have a little bit more friendliness in the world.  It is upsetting to me that so many people get angry at each other," he said obviously saddened by even this brief thought.  Santa has worked for hundreds of years to help bring "Goodwill to all men".  He obviously enjoys the work that he does, saying, "It's a good thing to be Santa, I can tell you that."

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