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December 13, 2009 – 11:44 pm

Santa’s 7 seasonal secrets

- Posted in Extended Portfolio, Polystyrene Uses, Videos by Fran

Giant 7 used for the Windows 7 launch in Ireland

Santa's & a Giant 7? No, just a prop used for the Windows 7 launch.

Believe it or not, we at Made In Hollywood are privy to the inner workings of Santa Claus in his North Pole hideaway. We are asked to create snowflakes, igloos and snowmen to help Santa out before his busiest day of the year. Polystyrene is the perfect material for creating those wintry wonderlands as well as keeping Santa warm in his workshop. We asked him: How can you visit so many homes across the world? Being extremely generous and organised, he gave us a list, but not the one he’s checking twice to see who has been naughty or nice.

1. Training: An important element in the running of an organisation where timing is of the utmost importance. You would think that there are months of inactivity but elf and Santa training schools help to ensure that every one of his helpers are prepared, and that the presents are ready for delivery on Christmas Eve. That is when the magic begins: where all that practice and preparation are put into practice.

Santa making use of an Apple Iphone

Santa making use of an Apple Iphone

2. Translation: Whether you use Father Christmas, Babbo Natale, Père Noël, Ded Moroz, or Lan Khoong, Santa can always read your letters and street names when he’s flying close to the ground no matter what language they are in.

3.Time Management: Possibly the most crucial aspect when gifts that have to arrive on time. Santa did try and explain some kind of “Time Warping” magic, but it went straight over our heads, a bit like his sleigh on Christmas Eve. He did say that he went to occasional day seminars, to up-skill in planning and delegation techniques. Other than that, he has the experience to cope.

4. Technology: From the information gathered from the International Space Station, the use of the iPhone mobile phone and Windows 7 operating system. Santa Claus has technology at his beck and call. It should be pointed out that some elves and all of the reindeer prefer Apple Macs. (They just prefer apples because they are not into computers but do like looking out of Windows).

The Christmas lights in Dublin being turned on by Miriam O'Callaghan and her son

The Christmas lights in Dublin being turned on by Miriam O'Callaghan and her son

5. Transport: This is where tradition and cutting-edge engineering merge to create a vehicle that is capable of carrying millions of toys to hundreds of countries. Santa’s sleigh is produced using parts made from the latest carbon-fibre composites with fixtures made from sumptuous red velvet with antique brass buttons. Christmas lights in cities around the world help Santa find his way.

6. Toys: For both young and old, the excitement of opening gifts on Christmas Day should never be lost. The elves occasionally get it wrong, but this is down to Santa’s handwriting. From the high-tech console to the low-spec packing box, the imagination can work wonders. It’s not all about the toys either – it’s the joy and happiness that is had at Christmas and during the year too.

Scrooges and Doubters to be cut from Santa list. You can bet on it

Scrooges and Doubters to be cut from Santa's list. You can bet on it

7.Thomas: This is for the doubters, non-believers and scrooge-type characters that try and spoil the fun for all the rest of us. Be it Hollywood film stars or Government ministers who do their best to kill the festive spirit. But Santa will not be beaten, he will cut them off his list and all they will get will be lumps of dirty wet coal. A very appropriate present for green party ministers who have recently introduced a carbon tax on this type of fuel here in Ireland.

For those who still believe, and who want to keep track of Santa’s progress around the world this Christmas Eve, check out Norad (North American Aerospace Defense Command) or view the video below.
The story of why they track Santa is truly in the Christmas spirit:
“The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement for children to call Santa, misprinted the telephone number. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.” The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.” (via NORAD)

In keeping with the Christmas spirit, shown by Colonel Harry Shoup, we will send a pack polystyrene snowflakes to the first 5 people who leave a comment about their Christmas.

(image credit Windows 7 Slattery Communications)
(image credit The Big Switch & Pembroke Communications)

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  1. Stiofain

    Posted December 13, 2009 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    The Norad website is a fab site to follow on xmas eve, no doubt they are on Twitter also.

  2. Dee

    Posted December 14, 2009 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    Little fella is coming up with big plans to catch a glimpse of Santa this year – using the NORAD (which we watched last year) to time a camcorder, using the webcam (tho we’re not sure how to record off that) or keeping the stocking in his room so Santa has to come upstairs. I keep explaining that Santa is magic and he doesn’t want to be spied on but the little fella is living in hope of catching a glimpse of red and white and hearing a ‘ho ho ho’ for posterity. If the polystyrene flakes might choke a cat, I’m afraid we can’t take them :-( let me know, if I’m in with a chance tho. Nice blog, Happy Christmas!

  3. elly parker

    Posted December 14, 2009 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    i got the flu on the way back from america a week ago, and i’m still feeling like crap, so all my christmas plans are very behind. Hopefully we’ll get the tree up at last this week, and i have to finish off some scarves and jewellery as gifts. The good news is that i don’t have to cook the christmas dinner this year, only make the starters!

  4. Fran

    Posted December 14, 2009 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the comment.
    Norad is a cool site if you have kids looking out for Santa, you can also follow Norad on twitter @noradsanta.

  5. Fran

    Posted December 14, 2009 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    Hi Dee,
    Thanks for leaving a comment. I love the way how a child’s mind works when they still believed in Santa, it sounds like your fella is very inquisitive. Your going to have to be very inventive or start practicing HO, HO, HO yourself (in a deep gravelly voice).
    If you cat is partial to polystyrene, it may choke him if he eats to much, but other than that he should be OK. You do realise that this is a first “does polystyrene choke a cat” question.
    Please email your address to info [at] madeinhollywood (dot) ie so we can send you some snowflakes. Merry Christmas to you.

  6. Fran

    Posted December 14, 2009 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    Hi Elly,
    You jet setters are all the same, burning the candle at both ends, no wonder you have the flu ;-)
    If you promise to get your tree up I will send you snowflakes to help decorate it and the room. This will give you some extra time to make a delicious starter for Christmas dinner so you’ll have no excuse. Get well soon & Happy Christmas to you.

  7. Grannymar

    Posted December 15, 2009 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    I hope Elly recovers quickly or I will end up making and bringing the Starter with me.

    Fran I wish a very Happy Christmas to you and yours and may 2010 be a very fruitful year for all at Made in Hollywood.

  8. Lankystring

    Posted December 15, 2009 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    I will be flying home for Christmas (sort of like Chris Rea) and then up to see you all on Christmas morning for some winter pimms !

  9. Fran

    Posted December 15, 2009 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for leaving a comment and kind wishes, Grannymar.
    We did make some giant bananas this year but we might experiment and make some pineapples next year ;-)
    Best wishes to you and your family and enjoy a healthy and happy New Year.

  10. Clive

    Posted December 15, 2009 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    Ohh I really want a polystyrene snowflake, they are mega awesome. You should also make huge polystyrene icicles for along the edge of a roof inside a big building :D

  11. Fran

    Posted December 15, 2009 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lankystring.
    You will have to send me the recipe for winter Pimms. The memory of those summer Pimms will last a long time. Happy days.
    Beware of the ‘Road to Hell’ when your making the journey home.
    Till Christmas morning.

  12. Fran

    Posted December 15, 2009 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Hi Clive, you must have seen some of our snowflakes somewhere…….. well I hope they were ones we created. Icicles are a little difficult to create but it’s great fun making Icebergs out of giant blocks of polystyrene.
    Please send me a email to info [at] madeinhollywood (dot) ie and snowflakes will be on the way to you. Merry Christmas.

  13. Jacqueline McGonigle

    Posted December 15, 2009 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    Hello Fran

    How are you doing – I love Santa’s mobile – did he mug @damianmulley – is that why he’s not tweeting anymore? Santa stole his phone!!!

    Any chance of a snowflake for my twins?
    Thanks, Jacquelinex

  14. Clive

    Posted December 15, 2009 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    I seen them in the airport in Dublin and thought ‘Wow, who made them?’ Then you mentioned them on twitter. Happy Christmas and thankss!

  15. Fran

    Posted December 15, 2009 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jacqueline, thank you for leaving a comment.
    Santa wouldn’t do such a thing. This is Santa’s own giant iphone, unless….. Damien Mulley is masquerading as Santa?
    As for the twins, send me an email with your address and the snowflakes will be on their way. The non melting kind :-)

  16. Fran

    Posted December 15, 2009 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Clive. We will WOW you with some home sized snowflakes not airport sized ones.

  17. Jennifer Meehan

    Posted December 17, 2009 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    Loving your very festive snowflakes!

  18. Fran

    Posted December 17, 2009 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the comment Jennifer.
    Where did you see the snowflakes?

  19. Jennifer

    Posted December 18, 2009 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Hi Fran – all thanks Lauren Fisher for her tweet on Twitter.

  20. Fran

    Posted December 18, 2009 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for that Jennifer. If you want some similar snowflakes send me an email (info [at] madeinhollywood (dot) ie) and we will post some to you. Hopefully you will get them before Christmas.
    Happy New Year to you and yours.