Santa Claus spills some holiday must-haves

Santa Claus graciously took some time out of his busy schedule to talk with the Leduc-Wetaskiwin Pipestone Flyer.

Telford Lake in Leduc has been beautifully decorated this year.

Telford Lake in Leduc has been beautifully decorated this year.

Despite coming up on his most hectic time of year, Santa Claus graciously took some time out of his busy schedule to talk with the Leduc-Wetaskiwin Pipestone Flyer before getting back to work in his North Pole toy shop.

Santa Claus says in preparation for his big Christmas Eve flight he always makes sure to get a good night sleep; a solid eight hours. He also makes sure to eat a hearty breakfast in the morning and can head out immediately afterward, while it’s still dark, to begin delivering toys.

“Porridge, that’s important,” said Santa.

Everyone has their favourite part of the holiday season and Santa Claus is no different. “I love this, being with the people.”

“Unless it’s kicking back after, having turkey dinner,” he added. Santa says after a long flight and squeezing down all those chimneys he loves being back at home with his much loved Mrs. Claus and inviting all the elves over to the house for a turkey dinner.

The Christmas tunes are another instrumental part of Santa Claus’s holiday and two of his favourite song are Deck the Halls and especially Jingle Bells, which he believes can be enjoyed all year long, as one can always find a bell to ring.

When it comes to decorations tinsel is a must-have. “We decorate the reindeer and they have tinsel on their antlers.”

Santa says Rudolph and the gang try to stand real still while they get decorated to look their most dashing.

Trees are also an important factor in decorating and Santa says he likes to have live ones flown in to the North Pole. “It’s just a good excuse to get the sleigh out. We only get to fly one night a year. The reindeer like to get out and stretch their legs.”

When it comes to Christmas treats Santa Claus says he likes to stick with the classics and his most favourite is a good ol’ fashioned chocolate chip cookie. “Although Christmas time means get out the butter tarts.”

As time passes one Santa says he’s tried to stay away from modern technology as much as possible. “The elves, they understand how to use those things. Me, I’m mostly the flyer. I go down chimney’s, I’m quiet.”

In his closing remarks Santa had a special message for the people of the world. “Remember to be nice to each other and treat each other nice all year long.”