Santa gives a little interview to the Point

Date Published: 
December 27, 2013

As Christmas has officially passed, and all good girls and boys have enjoyed the spoils of the holiday loot, Santa Claus himself is enjoying a little downtime.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Another busy Christmas in the books, Santa made his way out of Bethany Beach earlier this week. Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Another busy Christmas in the books, Santa made his way out of Bethany Beach earlier this week. “I go on vacation, but then I have to start getting ready for next Christmas,” said Father Christmas, Santa Claus. “I have to hire somebody to take care of the reindeer,” he noted.

Claus said he and his wife will be going south and warming up during their vacation before heading back to the North Pole to prepare for Christmas 2014.

“The elves take a vacation, too,” he added.

For those little boys and girls who have elves watching them leading up to Christmas Eve, Claus said they are great helpers when it comes to reporting how kids are behaving. Claus declined to reveal how exactly the elves are able to travel from homes all over the world to the North Pole and back each night.

“That’s the magic!” he said with a hearty laugh.

Claus said he’s received letters from children all around the world and is impressed with their generosity.

“Surprisingly, the average kid only asks for one or two presents,” he said. “Every now and then you have one that says, ‘I don’t want anything — just give my little sister a present.’”

“Every now and then, you’ll get some who ask for relatives to visit,” said Mrs. Claus.

“Yes, I had one kid say, ‘I don’t want anything for Christmas, I just want my family to come visit,” he added.

Claus said he even occasionally makes house visits to homes of kids who are questioning their belief in him.

“The father opened the door and said, ‘Santa, I was just talking to my daughter about you. I can’t believe you’re here. Come on in!’ I go in and he calls his daughter out and her eyes just light up… She was so excited. He said, ‘I don’t know what it took to get you here, but I’m so grateful you came.’”

He added that, during those visits, it is always a pleasure to interact with the adults, as well.

“I have just as much fun with adults. They turn into kids right in front of me,” he said with a chuckle.

Claus noted that all the boys and girls of the world have been very good this year, and no coal was put in stockings.

He added that the cookies and milk left for him during the journey on Christmas Eve, and even the snacks for the reindeer, help him and Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph traverse the night.

Claus added that he hopes that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and asked that everyone remember to give during the holiday season and throughout the year.

“I think everyone should share a gift with someone they don’t know,” he said.

“Pay it forward,” added Mrs. Claus.