December 13, 2009 – 11:44 pm
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.
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).
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.
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.