TRURO – The Truro Daily News recently spoke with Santa Claus while he was visiting children at the Truro Welcome Centre, in Victoria Square.
We had a number of questions that he was more than happy to answer.
Q: You have been travelling the world on Christmas Eve for many, many years. What do you do to keep healthy and active?
A: I use a stationary bike and pedal everyday.
Q: How long does it take to deliver all the toys to boys and girls around the world on Christmas Eve?
A: It takes 24 hours because of the time (zone) changes throughout the world. Sometimes I have to backtrack because when it’s Christmas Eve in some places it’s already Christmas Day in other places.
Q: How do you stay awake that long to deliver all the gifts?
A: I take little naps between the houses. The reindeer can fly when I’m napping because they know where they’re going.
Q: How do you get in homes that don’t have a chimney?
A: I have a magic key and it works for every house.
Q: If someone is on the naughty list, is it too late to get off that list?
A: No, it’s not too late. You can help around the house, water the Christmas tree, put groceries away, help shovel the snow, or walk the pets.
Q: Do you watch mommies and daddies to make sure they are behaving as well?
A: Yes, because they have to be good so the children will follow in their (footsteps).
Q: What gifts are children asking you for the most this year?
A: Lego, trains, electronics and computers. Dinosaurs are big this year and Elf on the Shelf.
Q: How do you pay the elves for all their hard work?
A: I give them free room and board … they are well looked after. They enjoy doing it and don’t look for money.
Q: Why do you always wear a red suit?
A: It’s traditional and I like red. Red goes with ornaments and I like green too because it goes with the Christmas tree.
Q: What do your reindeers eat?
A: I give them special reindeer food and I ask children on Christmas Eve to leave them carrots or a piece of apple.
Q: What is Santa’s favourite toy?
A: My favourite toy is Lego because you can build different things and use your imagination.
Q: What toys do you most enjoy giving children?
A: Trains for boys and Barbies for girls.
Q: What are your hobbies throughout the year?
A: Fishing, horseback riding and swimming.
Q: What’s your favourite Christmas song?
A: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Q: What’s your favourite Christmas movie?
A: A Miracle on 34th Street
Q: What’s special about Colchester County?
A: The kids are so friendly and lovely. It’s nice to spread love, peace and joy.
Tracking Santa’s progress on Christmas Eve
TRURO – Again this year, it’s possible to know exactly where Santa Claus is throughout Christmas Eve.
NORAD Tracks Santa is an annual Christmas-themed program, which has existed since 1955. The program is overseen by the North American Aerospace Defense Command – NORAD - and every year on Christmas Eve, it tracks Santa Claus as he leaves the North Pole and delivers presents to children around the world.
The program got its start in a Sears department store placed an advertisement in a Colorado Springs newspaper, which told children that they could telephone Santa Claus and included a number for them to call. However, the telephone number printed was incorrect and calls instead came through to the area’s Continental Air Defense Command Center.
Colonel Harry Shoup, who was on duty that night, told his staff to give all children who called a “current location” for Santa Claus. A tradition began which continued when the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) replaced CONAD in 1958.
Today, NORAD relies on volunteers to make the program possible. Each volunteer handles about 40 telephone calls per hour, and the team typically handles more than 12,000 e-mails and more than 70,000 telephone calls from more than 200 countries and territories.
Santa can also be tracked on Twitter at @NoradSanta and the Truro Daily News website on Christmas Eve (www.trurodaily.com), look for the special track Santa button online.
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