Santa Claus Q+A

Santa Claus Q+A

On Dec. 24 from 12–1 p.m. ET, Mrs. Claus will host this exclusive Scribble Chat to share insight into how the Big Guy gets ready for the Big Night.

  • 12/24/2013 5:22:14 PM via ScribbleLive Zack and Robin
    Hi Mrs. Claus, how are you and Santa doing this year?
  • 12/24/2013 5:23:50 PM via ScribbleLive Mrs. 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 ScribbleLive George
    How did you and Santa meet?
  • 12/24/2013 5:25:08 PM Mrs. 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 ScribbleLive Mrs. Claus
    It was love at first sight, and the love continues to this day!
  • 12/24/2013 5:26:10 PM via ScribbleLive Mary
    Santa, we don't have a chimney. How do you get inside my house?
  • 12/24/2013 5:26:14 PM via SMS Santa
    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 ScribbleLive Kirsten
    Hi Mrs. Claus, what's Santa's favourite brand of eggnog?
  • 12/24/2013 5:27:02 PM via ScribbleLive Mrs. 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 ScribbleLive Annie 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 SMS Santa
    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 ScribbleLive Mrs. Claus
    Is anyone else going somewhere special for Christmas?
  • 12/24/2013 5:30:07 PM via ScribbleLive Mrs. 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? 

    Italy

    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
    by Allendria

    Japan

    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

    Spain

    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

    Mexico

    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

    Canada

    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

    Brazil

    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
    by Allendria

    Israel

    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

    Egypt

    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
    by Allendria
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  • 12/24/2013 5:31:35 PM via email George 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 SMS Santa
    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 ScribbleLive Mrs. 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 SMS Santa
    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 ScribbleLive Mrs. Claus
    Oops! And to take it back to that question about egg nog...
  • 12/24/2013 5:35:32 PM via ScribbleLive Mrs. Claus

    Seasonal drinks easy to make at home | Toronto Star

    thestar.comEggnog, spiced lattes and decadent hot chocolate perfect for the festive season.
  • 12/24/2013 5:36:52 PM via ScribbleLive Mrs. Claus
    Sunny Elf, how are you doing up there?
  • 12/24/2013 5:37:16 PM via ScribbleLive Sunny Elf
    Looking at radar and seeing rain as we approach Barcelona, Spain! I better get Santa his umbrella!
  • 12/24/2013 5:37:44 PM via ScribbleLive Mrs. Claus
    Oh dear, Sunny! Don't forget his rainjacket!
  • 12/24/2013 5:38:00 PM via ScribbleLive Mrs. Claus
    He'll be in for a treat when he hits Toronto tonight...
  • 12/24/2013 5:38:04 PM via ScribbleLive Mrs. Claus

    In an icy crisis, our warmest hearts emerge: Hume | Toronto Star

    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 ScribbleLive Mrs. Claus
    We have a question from someone stuck at an airport, too.
  • 12/24/2013 5:38:45 PM StuckinTO
    Hi Santa!
  • 12/24/2013 5:38:52 PM via ScribbleLive StuckinTO
    Hi Mrs. Claus, will I make it home for Christmas this year?
  • 12/24/2013 5:41:16 PM via ScribbleLive Mrs. 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 ScribbleLive Yousef
    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 SMS Santa
    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 ScribbleLive Mrs. Claus
    Hey Sunny Elf, what are you listening to up there? What are your favourite songs?
  • 12/24/2013 5:43:21 PM via ScribbleLive Sunny 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".
  • 12/24/2013 5:43:33 PM via ScribbleLive Mrs. Claus

    Christmas movies, songs a source of joy | Toronto Star

    thestar.comFourth in a five-part series on the Joy of Christmas.
  • 12/24/2013 5:44:13 PM via ScribbleLive Nick
    Santa, do you have a hobby?
  • 12/24/2013 5:44:17 PM via SMS Santa
    Hi Nick! While making toys and checking my list takes up a lot of my time, I enjoy surfing, knitting and reading when I find the chance. Happy holidays!
  • 12/24/2013 5:44:29 PM via ScribbleLive Mike
    Dear Santa, can you give Canada lots of medals in the olympics?
  • 12/24/2013 5:44:33 PM via SMS Santa
    Hi Mike! I'll see what I can do ;)
  • 12/24/2013 5:47:33 PM via ScribbleLive Mrs. Claus
    We have helpers all around the world. Here's an example of one of them, with great Christmas spirit.

    This sleighless Santa prefers using a motorcycle

    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 ScribbleLive Kayla
    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 SMS Santa
    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 ScribbleLive Sara
    Does it ever get cold living at the north pole?
  • 12/24/2013 5:51:18 PM via ScribbleLive Mrs. 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 ScribbleLive Sunny 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 ScribbleLive Sunny Elf
    Here is a cool article about 6 ancient tributes to the winter solstice:

    6 Ancient Tributes to the Winter Solstice

    LiveScience.comAncient cultures throughout the world have noted and celebrated the shortest day of the year for millennia. Here are six ancient structures that pay tribute to the winter solstice.
      I think one of the most interesting is Stonehenge!
  • 12/24/2013 5:52:18 PM via ScribbleLive Mrs. Claus
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