Mirror: It’s Christmas Day. Mirror: What do you wish children would leave for you on Christmas Eve? Mirror: We would like to get to know you a little more personally this year. Mirror: What do you and Mrs. Claus like to do together when it’s not Christmas season? Santa: Oh yes, many of my elves are millennials. Santa: Oh, I do not think so. Santa: Nothing. Santa: No. Santa: We all want 2018 to be a better year than 2017 was, and we can all do our part to make it better. My advice is to be kind to everyone you meet, stay humble and treat every day like it is Christmas.
Mateo Williams of Altoona sits with Santa Claus at the Altoona Grand Hotel during this year’s Milk & Cookies with Santa event. Last year Santa told us he was hopeful that 2017 would be better than the last, but he made it clear he was disappointed.
As most of Blair County was still dreaming of sugar plums, Kristy MacKaben quickly caught up with Santa Claus for the Mirror’s annual chat.
This year we tried to get to know Santa a little better, and the jolly old elf was pretty forthcoming with personal information.
He loves traveling with Mrs. Claus and prefers waffles over French toast. Unlike most of us, Santa’s not pining for the iPhone X, and he has no use for Twitter — though his wife has an account.
Last year Santa told us he was hopeful that 2017 would be better than the last, but he made it clear he was disappointed.
His advice? Be humble, kind and know that everyone can make a difference.
Mirror: It’s Christmas Day. Your job is done. What time did you roll into bed on Christmas Eve?
Santa: I will probably get into bed about 4 in the morning today — just in time to fall asleep before the kids all over the world start waking up.
Mirror: Give us a play-by-play of your Christmas Eve. What time do you start? What happens before, during and after? What time do you end?
Santa: I actually start my run on Dec. 23. The elves load up my sleigh and Mrs. Claus fills my thermos up with hot chocolate to keep me warm. Once everything is ready, I leave. The world’s time zones is how I manage to go all over the world. By the time I finish, I get home a little before 4.
Mirror: Where do you start and end your journey? Is it always the same route?
Santa: I start my run in Australia and work my way through Asia, Europe, Africa, Canada, South America and finish up in the United States, particularly Alaska. It is normally the same route only because I have been used to doing the same route for years.
Mirror: What was the most requested Christmas gift of 2017?
Santa: Nerf guns and Barbie dolls.
Mirror: Which Christmas movie best depicts what Santa is really like?
Santa: I like ‘The Santa Clause’ with Tim Allen. Although the part about me falling off the roof isn’t true, I thought it was well done how they present the elves and how they manage things at the North Pole.
Mirror: What do you wish children would leave for you on Christmas Eve?
Santa: I want children to know that it is better to give than to receive. I do not expect them to leave me anything, although I do love a cookie or a nice note.
Mirror: Percentage-wise, how many children have touched their “Elf on a Shelf?”
Santa: Twelve percent of children have touched their elves. We know most of these are accidents, but we do not want the elves to lose their magic.
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