& EXCITED AT CHRISTMAS
It still amazes me that some folks have discarded their belief in Santa!
I know he exists as I have TWO letters from him, dated 47 years apart and
he knew I had left Monroe and was living in Atlanta and has made his presence
known to me on more than one occasion!
With the name “Nowell”( “The First Noel” is often spelled this
way), and loving the Christmas season and considering myself fairly
knowledgeable on Santa and his lineage, for those who still are skeptical I
share with you an interview Santa gave Parade Magazine Reporter Alex Tresniowski
four years ago on December 22, 2013. After reading this interview I hope this
will reignite the love, appreciation and belief this man has instilled in
millions of kids, both young and old as we continue to look up that sooty old
chimney, worrying if he and his bag of gifts can make it down on Christmas Eve.
As I did so many years ago in my Monroe home, the mantle would be furnished with
a plate of cookies & a bottle of Coke rewarding him for making it down the
chimney to the living room. On Christmas morning the plate & Coke bottle
would be empty, making it very clear he had been there and appreciated my
hospitality to help keep him going on such a busy night!
For all children, young and old who still look to the bearded man in the
red suit for his annual Christmas Eve visit, I share this interview with you:
Q – You have so many nicknames.
What should we
Santa is fine. You know, from time to time I have tried
out new nicknames: The Toyminator, Chairman of the
Fjord, but nothing sticks. Did you know in Afghanistan
they refer to me as Baba Chaghaloo? And in Romania
I’m Mos Craciun. I like
that one because it kind of
makes me sound like a rapper.
How has your workplace changed
over the years?
Oh, you wouldn’t believe it. For
one thing, we don’t really
call it a workshop anymore. Technically
it is the world’s
largest distribution facility in the world.
No, wait, that is
Amazon. Anyway, we’re in
the top two. The elves and I
try to keep up with the technology and that includes
upgrading my red suit—it’s now 100 percent neoprene
with maximum thermal efficiency. Next
I’m going to
have the little fellas put a seat warmer in the sled.
Do you ever encounter celebrities
and it is always a thrill. A couple
of years ago I
delivered a hibachi to Matt Damon and he was just
the nicest guy. Saw Cher in
her bathrobe once. Let’s
see, who else….Oh, I met one of the Real Housewives
of New Jersey, but I couldn’t tell you which one.
I know is that she had enormous hair.
Do you really read every letter
sent to you by
children around the world?
You bet I do, and it’s not just letters anymore! Now it’s
tweets and emails and Facebook messages and posts
on Pinterest! I draw the line
at text messages, though.
How did you come up with “Ho Ho
trademarked, by the way. You owe me
I’m kidding of course. Actually
I came up with that in the
shower. These days I would
have to run it by a million
focus groups, but back then it was just one man trying to
capture the joy and spirit of the yuletide in his bathroom.
Your weight issues have been well
over the centuries. Are you
eating better these
to limit my carbs, avoid saturated fats, do a little cardio
now and then. But think of
all the milk and cookies! And
that’s only here. In other countries children leave me
pudding and porridge and mince pies.
That’s like seventy
million calories right there! Christmas
morning I have to
take an antacid the size of a hubcap!
Everyone thinks of you as being
full of mirth, but
Deep down, are you happy?
couldn’t be happier. Seriously, I have the best job ever!
I bring smiles to children’s faces. I spread glad tidings and
good cheer. I have a
reasonably good dental plan. Let’s face
it, I’m the luckiest guy in the world. So, Merry Christmas,
everyone! Ho Ho Ho!
After reading this interview from the “Man at the North Pole”, I
think we all can have a good night’s sleep on this Christmas Eve knowing the
“man with the bag” is still around, taking care of himself and his elves and
reindeer along with all the children of the world.
And in the words of the grand old man of Christmas, “Merry Christmas to
all, and to all a good night!”