Did you know that Santa
lives in Finland and that all those letters from children all over
the world—close to a million of them every year—addressed to Santa
Claus, The North Pole, actually end up in Rovaniemi, Finland, at the
official Santa Claus Post Office? Santa himself lives down the road,
in Santa Village. There he spends his time supervising toy
production and responding to the massive number of emails he gets
every day. Yes, emails. Santa has gone high-tech. This is Finland
after all. In keeping with the times, he now has his own website
where you can keep up on his doings through a webcam.
Below, an excerpt of an interview with the jolly man.
The Washington Times: Working only one day a year sounds like a
pretty cushy job to me. If we catch you on one of those 364
off-days, in say, March, will we see you mooching around Santa
Village in your jammies?
Santa Claus: A job with 364 days off does sound pretty good.
Unfortunately my calendar does not quite look like that. No jammies
for me, but you might see me in my swim trunks -- I love winter
WT: What does a typical workday look like for you this time of
SC: I spend a lot of time at my Arctic Circle office, meeting with
visitors from all over the world. I also travel a lot, not only at
Christmastime, visiting schools and hospitals. Then the rest of my
time is spent overseeing toy production in Santa Village and taking
care of my reindeer.
WT: I like the idea of the web cam on your website. It makes it a
lot easier for us to see if you & Mrs. Claus are being naughty or
nice. But what about you, how are you using technology to make your
SC: I correspond with a lot of children through email these days. If
you want to email me, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I read and reply to all email messages I get, though not always
right away and maybe not with very lengthy responses. I'm a very
busy man, you know.
WT: Busy winter swimming?
WT: You must be pretty tuned in to toy trends in the world. What
are this year's top wishes?
SC: The traditional toys, stuffed animals, dolls and cars, remain at
WT: I heard that you get close to a million letters a year from
children all over the world. You must have a whole team of elves
designated to just letter-opening.
SC: I have lots of elves, more elves than reindeer. One night just
after Christmas, when most of the elves were at home here on Ear
Mountain, I tried to count how many pairs of little feet I could see
sticking out from the beds in the elf dormitory. I fell asleep at
somewhere around seven hundred.
WT: I've taken a poll around the office and all we want for
Christmas is world peace. Any chance of that?
SC: I'm afraid that's out of my hands. It's up to all of us, really.
Before I dash off, I'd like to wish you and all the readers of The
Washington Times a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the New
For a peek into Santa's workshop, visit his website at