It’s obviously his busiest time of year, but Santa Claus graciously took the time to answer 20 questions for The Telegram.
Santa Claus took a break from his busy Christmas schedule to visit The Telegram and answer 20 Questions on Friday. — Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram
During our conversation with Santa, he reminded us once again of the depth of his spirit.
Besides listening to children recite their wishlists, his days and evenings are also been filled with poignant visits to seniors and with children coping with illness.
He reminds us eternally we must value friends and family, appreciate good health and be kind.
What is your full name?
Santa comes by many names St. Nicholas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, Santa Claus.
Where and when were you born?
St. Nicholas was born in 1773 in Patria, Asia Minor
Where is home today?
The North Pole
What was one act of rebellion
you committed as a youth?
The elves taught me very early how to make a magic sleigh. And I practised flying a magic sleigh. Well it took a little while to learn how to fly it and Rudolph came and taught me how to fly it.
What was is your favourite time of year besides Christmas?
My vacations with Mrs. Claus. Mrs. Claus and I go away and we have quiet time together.
Where do you see yourself in 100 years?
Hopefully in 100 years, Santa will be doing exactly what he is doing today, enjoying the spirit of Christmas.
What is your favourite food?
Scratch homemade cookies. Santa loves cookies when a family goes to the supermarket, buys all the ingredients, goes home and gets out a big bowl and puts in the flower, eggs and sugar. And when a family makes scratch homemade cookies, that is Santa’s favourite food.
What are your five favourite Christmas songs?
Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, I will be Home for Christmas and Silent Night.
Who would play you in a movie about your life?
What’s the toughest thing about your job?
The toughest thing about the job is sharing the spirit of Christmas in pediatric intensive care and the neo natal unit of the Janeway on Christmas Eve. It’s also the most satisfying part of my job.
What was the most vivid dream
you’ve ever had?
It was that Santa, working with the help of a whole bunch of people, could irradicate the world of polio with the help of Rotary.
What’s the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
I met a wonderful lady one day who agreed to join Santa. And Mrs. Claus is a critical part of Santa’s success.
Newer homes don’t have chimneys, so how do you get in?
Santa has magic dust and Rudolph has the magic dust in a bag. And when we come to a house where there isn’t any chimney, then Rudolph sprays Santa with magic dust.
What new technology have you installed on your sleigh?
Last year we put in a GPS. This year we have put in an Ipad.
Will you be on Twitter this Christmas Eve?
Santa will do his very best. It takes 24 hours to get right around the world. So Santa will do his best.
How many Santa suits do you have?
One. Mrs. Claus and the elves look after Santa and there’s only one wonderful Santa suit.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done besides of course, delivering presents?
All of the toys now are kept in the space station and satellites around the world. And Santa loves going up to the space station to fill it up, because he can look down on the world and get an amazing perspective on the world from the space station.
What’s the most popular gift on Santa lists this year?
Elf on the Shelf and Ipads.
Are there any politicians on your naughty list and who are they?
No, Santa tries to see the best in everyone.
What is your wish for this season?
That people will give their presence not only their presents as they celebrate the holidays with their families. Turn off the cellphone, turn off the BlackBerry. Put your problems in a worry box and seal it up until after New Year’s. Go sliding, go skating, make hot chocolate, roast marshmellows, and create memories as a family. Ho, ho ho.