EXCLUSIVE: interview with Santa

What do you really know about Santa Claus? Sure he's got a white beard, wears a red suit and likes giving toys, but what really makes him tick?

Monday, 12th December 2016, 3:33 pm
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 1:27 pm
Santa Claus: exclusive interview

We’ve all been so busy telling him what we want for Christmas, we never actually ask him any questions about himself, here asking you to vote on the big question over his existence. So, we spoke exclusively with Father Christmas, direct from his Arctic Circle office of Rovaniemi, Finland, to talk mince pies, time off and presents for Mrs Claus, suitably soundtracked by Bruce Springsteen's Santa Claus Is Coming To Town seasonal standard.

How old are you? I can’t remember exactly but there is one document that has it stated. On my reindeer driving license, it states my age: long time ago.

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What’s your favourite snack? I love to taste local delicacies but I couldn’t imagine Christmas without mince pies.

How do you manage to go round everyone’s house in one night? Easy. You just need to know how to be in a million different places at the same time. After practising for many centuries, I think I manage it pretty well.

Can you really see people when they’re sleeping? I live in a world of fairy tales where everything is possible. You are warmly welcome to visit.

Do you enjoy your job? What do you mean? What I do is not a job, it’s a way of life. And yes, I do like it a lot.

Lapland awaits Santa's helpers

What’s the worst thing about being Santa? Well, I don’t know. I’ll let you know if I experience anything bad.

Who is your favourite reindeer? I like all of my reindeer but the dearest of them is obviously my friend with big antlers and a red nose. Reindeer union granted the honorary title; Reindeer of the year 2016, to Fusspot this year. You’ll see him in UK at Christmas.

Do the elves get time off? This time of the year means the elves are really busy. Time is magic for them.

What do you give Mrs Claus for Christmas? That’s quite a challenging task. I’ve almost decided but I can’t tell!

Find out how you can meet Santa for yourself in Lapland at www.santaclausoffice.fi site.