12/24/2013 5:22:14 PM via ScribbleLiveZack and Robin
Hi Mrs. Claus, how are you and Santa doing this year?
12/24/2013 5:23:50 PM via ScribbleLiveMrs. Claus
Hello Zack and Robin! I'm so glad to hear from you darling folks. Santa and I are doing well this year. Same ol', same ol'. It's really delightful to live at the North Pole during the summer – we have 24 hours of daylight for a long time! And although we now have 24 hours of night, the Northern Lights brighten the darkest hours.
12/24/2013 5:24:02 PM via ScribbleLiveGeorge
How did you and Santa meet?
12/24/2013 5:25:08 PMMrs. Claus
Hello George! How did Santa and I meet? Well, a long, long time ago, before we lived at the North Pole, I saw him and he saw me. There was a glimmer in his eye, and I couldn't resist.
12/24/2013 5:25:34 PM via ScribbleLiveMrs. Claus
It was love at first sight, and the love continues to this day!
12/24/2013 5:26:10 PM via ScribbleLiveMary
Santa, we don't have a chimney. How do you get inside my house?
12/24/2013 5:26:14 PM via SMSSanta
Hi Mary! Let's just say that after doing this for so many years, I've got a few tricks up my sleeve! If you've been nice, I'll find a way to make it inside :)
12/24/2013 5:26:22 PM via ScribbleLiveKirsten
Hi Mrs. Claus, what's Santa's favourite brand of eggnog?
12/24/2013 5:27:02 PM via ScribbleLiveMrs. Claus
Why hello Kirsten! Lovely to see you on our chat. Santa's favourite brand of egg nog is home brewed.
12/24/2013 5:29:27 PM via ScribbleLiveAnnie and Jason
Santa, we are going to Aunty Jean's tonight. How will you know to send our presents there?
12/24/2013 5:29:39 PM via SMSSanta
Annie and Jason-- your family gave me lots of notice about where you'd be tonight so I won't miss you!
12/24/2013 5:29:59 PM via ScribbleLiveMrs. Claus
Is anyone else going somewhere special for Christmas?
12/24/2013 5:30:07 PM via ScribbleLiveMrs. Claus
Christmas around the world
Santa spends a lot of time abroad, and has learned what Christmas is like everywhere. Here are some photos of him that were caught last year and collected by some friends, with some factoids about the country where it was taken.
Do you have any local Christmas traditions?
On Christmas, many children in Italy write letters to their parents telling them how much they love them. The letters are usually placed under the father’s plate during dinner and read after everyone has finished their meals.Source
Because of a very successful ad campaign in the 1970s, going to Kentucky Fried Chicken for Christmas dinner is somewhat of a national custom in Japan. In fact, some stores even take reservations months in advance.Source
by Miles Kenyon
A traditional candy that is found in Spanish households on Christmas Eve is the Turron, a nougat made from honey, sugar and egg whites. Here’s a great recipe to help you make the delicious treat yourselves. It's one of Santa's favourites.
by Miles Kenyon
Ah, Mexico. The land of delicious heat, tacos and chapulines.
Here, they celebrate Christmas with "Las Posadas" – a nine-day celebration in the lead up to Christmas, where people move from house to house to pray and re-enact the journey of Mary and Joseph.
Posada is Spanish for "lodging", or "accommodation"; it is said in plural because it is celebrated more than one day in that period. The nine-day novena represents the nine months of pregnancy, specifically the pregnancy of Mary carrying Jesus. Source
by Miles Kenyon
Wherever Santa Claus is from, he always has a home in Canada.
On Dec. 23, 2008, Canadian Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney formally awarded citizenship to Santa.
“We wish Mr. Claus all the best in his Christmas Eve duties again this year,” Kenney said when re-affirming the Claus’s status at a special citizenship ceremony in 2010. “And rest assured, as a Canadian citizen living in Canada’s North, he can re-enter Canada freely once his trip around the world is complete.”
by Miles Kenyon
In 2010, the Brazilian National Post Service – Correios – formed partnerships with public schools and social institutions, encouraging children to write letters and make use of postal codes and stamps. In 2009, the service answered almost two million letters, and spread some seasonal cheer by donating 414,000 Christmas gifts to some of Brazil's neediest citizens. Source
There are many different religions in Israel and therefore many different want to celebrate. During the Christmas season, Catholics, Protestants, Greeks, Syrians and Armenians will celebrate in their own churches with their own customs.
In the morning of Dec. 25, kids open their gifts before breakfast and then families gather at church.
At dusk, Protestant groups sing carols. Catholic priests bless family members with water and families take a sip. The Greek Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas Jan. 6. A special service is held where a cross is dipped in water and families are then blessed with it. Afterwards, they take this water home and take three sips from it before they sit down to dinner. Source
by Miles Kenyon
A number of sources list Egypt as the birthplace of the ceremonial tree – a precursor to the Christmas tree.
TourEgypt.net says the tree's origin comes before the Christian era. The palm-tree is known to put forth a shoot every month. In Egypt, at the winter solstice, people gathered a a piece of the tree with twelve shoots on it to symbolize the end of the year.
The palm-tree spray of Egypt, on reaching Italy, became a branch of any other tree; the tip of the fir was found most suitable from its pyramidal or conical shape. They decorated it with burning tapers lit in honour of Saturn, whose "Saturnalia" was celebrated from Dec. 17-21 each year. Later, this tradition was carried forward for the Christmas season. Source
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12/24/2013 5:31:35 PM via emailGeorge Carreiro
Question Hi Mrs Claus, I wanted to know if Rudolph helps all the time.
Thank you & Merry Christmas
Derek Carreiro Age 7 Brampton, Ontario
12/24/2013 5:31:43 PM via SMSSanta
Hi Derek! Rudolph absolutely helps all the time. Be sure to look up and wave tonight as we're flying near Brampton!
12/24/2013 5:32:59 PM via ScribbleLiveMrs. Claus
We have a couple of questions about Santa's fashion sense:
Do you ever get sick of wearing red? What do you wear the rest of the year?Robertsonat 11:42 AM
Do you make Santa a new outfit every year? If so, why only red?Blue Avatarat 12:04 PM
Are you tired of wearing red?Marik2at 12:23 PM
12/24/2013 5:35:12 PM via SMSSanta
Hi there! Red is my favourite colour but I do like to mix it up a bit. In fact, when I visit South Korea I usually change into a blue suit!
12/24/2013 5:35:28 PM via ScribbleLiveMrs. Claus
Oops! And to take it back to that question about egg nog...
thestar.comIt’s easy to forget our community spirit until a day like Sunday, when it’s so clearly needed — and found.
12/24/2013 5:38:44 PM via ScribbleLiveMrs. Claus
We have a question from someone stuck at an airport, too.
12/24/2013 5:38:45 PMStuckinTO
12/24/2013 5:38:52 PM via ScribbleLiveStuckinTO
Hi Mrs. Claus, will I make it home for Christmas this year?
12/24/2013 5:41:16 PM via ScribbleLiveMrs. Claus
Oh dear, sweetie! Although Santa is magical and powerful, he still can't control the weather. And though you're stuck in Toronto, there are lots of people with big warm hearts in the fair city who would love to take you in for a turkey – or tofurkey – dinner. I say home is where the heart is.
12/24/2013 5:41:40 PM via ScribbleLiveYousef
Hi Santa, I am new to Canada. Can you please stop by my house even though I am not from here? My mom promised you would.
12/24/2013 5:41:44 PM via SMSSanta
Hi Yousef! I hope you're enjoying your new home-- Canada is a wonderful country. And I'll definitely be making a stop by your house tonight. Merry Christmas!
12/24/2013 5:42:53 PM via ScribbleLiveMrs. Claus
Hey Sunny Elf, what are you listening to up there? What are your favourite songs?
12/24/2013 5:43:21 PM via ScribbleLiveSunny Elf
What is my favorite Christmas song? It is a 3 way tie between "Let it Snow", "Frosty the Snowman" and "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas".
Los Angeles Times ArticlesIt's not every day I get to play elf to a Santa whose sleigh is a motorcycle. So I couldn't resist the offer from Kim Airs, who let me ride along on Sunday as she tooled around in her Santa Claus...
12/24/2013 5:47:41 PM via ScribbleLiveKayla
Hi Santa I am so happy you are going to all the houses to deliver presents to all the good boys and girls thank you Santa Claus and thank you ms Claus. Will you bring me a present tonight and my baby sister baby emma and me kayla?
12/24/2013 5:48:00 PM via SMSSanta
Hi Kayla and Emma! Thank you for the kind words! I'll definitely be stopping by tonight. And please make sure to say hi to aunt Dana for me-- she and I are very good friends!
12/24/2013 5:49:29 PM via ScribbleLiveSara
Does it ever get cold living at the north pole?
12/24/2013 5:51:18 PM via ScribbleLiveMrs. Claus
Hi Sara! Thank you for your question. It does get cold at the North Pole! It's the northern-most point in the Northern Hemisphere, which is the half of the earth above the equator on most maps. Sunny, do you have anything to add?
12/24/2013 5:51:26 PM via ScribbleLiveSunny Elf
On December 21, we transitioned into the winter solstice period. That is the time in the Northern Hemisphere when the sun's elevation with respect to the North Pole is at its most negative value since the previous December. The hemisphere has its longest night and shortest day around the moment of solstice with the night within the Arctic being 24 hours long.
12/24/2013 5:51:42 PM via ScribbleLiveSunny Elf
Here is a cool article about 6 ancient tributes to the winter solstice: