Santa talks reindeer races, holiday plans and elf technology

FULL SCHEDULE: Santa keeps himself occupied training his reindeer, overseeing his elves' toy making and appearing at festive functions and events such as this one where he is giving children some treats.
FULL SCHEDULE: Santa keeps himself occupied training his reindeer, overseeing his elves' toy making and appearing at festive functions and events such as this one where he is giving children some treats. Max Fleet
CANDID INTERVIEW: Santa shares stories about his life.
CANDID INTERVIEW: Santa shares stories about his life. Brenda Strong


IT'S not easy being Santa, but according to Mr Claus himself, he wouldn't have it any other way.

Santa took a little time out from his festive schedule to speak to the media about his busy life and the annual Christmas rush.

"The night before Christmas is the busiest night of my life," Mr Claus said.

"Getting presents together for that many children can be hard work, but my elves are so fantastic and they really help get everything done."

Santa said he was really proud with how the elves had moved with the times and had to learn new technologies along the way.

"Back when I was a young boy, toys were much simpler," he said.

"But now, children ask for a range of things from the simple, old fashioned toys to more hi-tech gadgets and games and that's been a big challenge for the elves."

Santa said there was a special training college for the elves that was located in a remote region of the North Pole where expert elves would teach all the latest technologies to the team.

"There's a lot of training, study and effort the elves put in to make it all work," he said.

"They really are the unsung heroes of Christmas."

Mr Claus said even though he only did one delivery round a year, the rest of his time at the North Pole was usually spent preparing.

"I have to constantly train my reindeer so they are fit and strong for the big trip each Christmas," he said.

"They eat a healthy diet and always eat their fruit and vegetables and they exercise every day."

Santa said his wife, Mrs Claus, organised a big reindeer race each May so the reindeer stay fit as fiddles.

"Dasher and Vixen actually won medals in the annual North Pole Reindeer Run this year," he said.

Santa said a large part of his time in the rest of the year was taken up with keeping an eye on the world's children and making sure they were being good.

"Things like being kind to other children, doing homework and going to bed happily when their parents ask are all very important in my books," Santa said.

"I do keep an eye on these things and in all my years there's rarely been a time when I haven't caught a naughty boy or girl, so I can't stress enough how important it is for children to be well behaved at all times."

Speaking on the eve of Christmas, Santa said he was looking forward to his trip to Australia.

"I love it," he said.

"I love the weather and the animals here are so cute."

"Once the Christmas season is over for another year I might even come back on vacation."

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