Well dear readers, in our final installment of Getting To Know You for 2012, did we ever score a coup for you! We must have been very good boys and girls at the Pipestone Flyer because right in the middle of his busiest season this jolly gentleman took time away from his frantic schedule to chat with us and give us an exclusive peek at the man behind the red suit. So without further adieu, we give you the head elf himself, Santa Claus!
Q: What is your favourite candy?
A: (laughs with his signature 'ho ho ho') Why candy canes of course!
Q: Cat person or dog person?
A: (speaking of himself in the third person) Santa loves all puppies and kitties! All animals have good hearts so there is not a type of animal that Santa does not adore.
Q: What is your biggest fear?
A: Well, it used to be that there would be a huge snow storm that would cancel Christmas because the sleigh could not get through, but Rudolph put that fear to rest. So now…..maybe the elves going on strike? But that will never happen because they love their jobs, plus we just renegotiated so that the prosthetic inserts for those little curly toed elf shoes are fully covered, and they receive as much milk and cookies as they can eat!
Q: What was the last movie you watched?
A: It's A Wonderful Life. I always get misty when everyone shows up at George Bailey's house to help him out at the end.
Q: What is your dream vacation?
A: I get to see the entire world every year on the night of December 24th so really, that is like a vacation for me.
Q: Do you participate in a sport?
A: (Laughs, 'ho ho ho!') And ruin this fabulous figure? Absolutely not!
Q: What is your favourite colour?
A: I have three favourites really; red, white and green.
Q: What is your favourite season and why?
A: Winter! And in particular, December 25th. There is just something magical about it. (Said with a wink)
Q: What is the favourite pair of shoes that you own?
A: Without a doubt my shiny black boots. I own multiple pairs because they go with everything!
Q: If we were buying, what would you be having for dinner?
A: I always fall back on my favourites; milk and cookies!
Q: What is your favourite thing to do in Leduc?
A: Sneak down chimneys and leave gifts under people's trees!
Q: Do you have a hobby or collect anything?
A: I collect the names of boys and girls who have been naughty and nice all year long. And I am very happy to report that my "nice" list is much longer than my "naughty" list!
Q: Who is your hero?
A: Oh, ho, ho! That is a bit of a tough question for old Santa! But honestly, I would have to say my hero is Jesus. After all, if it wasn't for him, I would be out of a job!
Q: What is playing on your sleigh stereo right now?
A: From now until the 24th I have "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" on endless repeat to get me in the mood!
Q: What is the best dish that you make?
A: (laughs, 'ho, ho, ho!') Truth be told I am a terrible cook! Thankfully Mrs. Claus is a fabulous cook, hence my likeness to a bowlful of jelly.
Q: What is your proudest moment?
A: (placing a finger alongside of his nose) My goodness, you are really testing my commitment to keeping your name on the "nice" list with these tough questions! (Laughs, 'ho, ho, ho!') Santa's just kidding! (Said with a twinkle in his eye) I am so proud every time I can move a child's name from the "naughty" list over to the "nice" list.
Q: Movie or live theatre?
A: I enjoy a good play as much as the next elf, but I have to admit to being partial to movies. There are just so many quality films to choose from! It's A Wonderful Life, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty The Snowman, A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, A Miracle On 34th Street….so many classics!
Q: Name one item on your bucket list.
A: Oh my goodness! Well, as everyone knows, Santa never grows old so there has never been a reason for me to have one.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
A: I have never wanted to be anything other than what I am. A jolly old elf beloved by children and adults alike.
Q: If you could do any job other than the one you have, what would you do?
A: Work towards getting this one back! (Laughs so hard his belly jiggles, 'ho, ho, ho!') I have the best job in the world! And speaking of which, I should get back to it and ensure all eight reindeer are ready and raring to go, and my sleigh is packed to the brim for all the good girls and boys! So remember everyone, Santa will be seeing you all very soon, but until then Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!