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Beyond the sleigh: A Q&A with Santa
Santa Claus is caught leaving the Main Street Winter Farmers Market at the Masonic Lodge Saturday. (Times photo: Marissa Weiher)
During his stop at the Main Street Winter Farmers Market on Saturday at the Masonic Lodge in Monroe, Santa Claus took time out of his busy schedule to sit down with Times photographer Marissa Weiher for a one-on-one



How do you stay so jolly?

It's because of all the kids. Having all the kids around, it just makes me happy and keeps me in good spirits.

What question do you get asked the most by kids?

How do I make it to all the kids' houses in one night. And actually if you look at the way the time zones are, it's not technically one night. It's one and three-quarters.

Well, how do you make it to kids' houses in one and three-quarters of a night?

There's actually stocking points for the presents. So I do it in sections. I stop at a stocking point and reload the sled again, then I'm on my way.

What presents have kids asked for the most this year?

Anything electronic like iPhones, iPads. That type of stuff has been the big ticket item.

How did you and Mrs. Claus meet?

At an elf convention, that's where we find the new elves. She was over in the corner and she just looked all bright and shiny and had these beautiful eyes. And so I walked over to her and I said, "Hey, Mrs. Claus," and she said, "But I'm not Mrs. Claus!" and I said, "Yeah, but you're gonna be."

What is Rudolph really like?

Stardom never got to him. He's a great organizer. He includes everyone and doesn't discriminate. We should all strive to be like Rudolph.

What is your pre-sleigh ride snack?

Macaroni and cheese. There's a lot of energy in it and chocolate milk.

What are your elves really like?

They're playful and they like to play a lot of jokes on Santa. It keeps me on my toes. But they're really good workers and they've never let their fame go to their heads.

What Christmas song gets you pumped up for the big night?

Honestly, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" because there's a good message behind it. It's about saving the day and making everyone happy.

How old are you really?

You never ask Santa his age.

Anything you want to add or put out there for the public?

Santa doesn't come down as many chimneys as he used to nowadays because of safety. You know, OSHA's gotten involved and that kind of stuff. So if you hear your door creak open it could be Santa. So make sure you're in bed on time because Santa does know and he won't come to your house if you don't go to bed on time.