Coffee with ... Santa Claus

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is another in a series of stories in which Daily Sentinel writers pick out a person they want to meet or are curious about and sit down with him or her for a friendly chat over coffee.



Santa Claus is a busy man during the month of December. He keeps a tight schedule of listening to children’s wishes, overseeing the finishing touches the elves are putting on toys at the North Pole and trying to find a good mechanic to tune up his sleigh.

It’s hard to get an interview with Santa Claus during the holiday season, but he sat down with me on a recent trip to Grand Junction.

Santa enjoyed a tall cup of hot chocolate with just a splash of peppermint and piles of whipped cream while answering some pressing questions about his mind-boggling and unique occupation.

Santa: Well, this close to Christmas it’s hard. But, for one, by listening to your parents, being nice and doing good deeds, like taking out the trash without being asked or cleaning your room without your mom telling you to do it.

Santa: I like a soft chocolate chip.

Santa: Actually, I’d rather have a glass of apple juice because milk can get kind of warm and sour after a while. Oh, and don’t forget my reindeer. They love celery and carrots. Especially celery, they really love that.

Santa: Ho, ho, ho. That’s OK. I don’t mind.

Santa: It feels fantastic. It’s the best feeling in the world to be able to give children a little happiness.

Santa: Through my looking glass. But I see you at other times, too. Maybe in the summer I see you in the street when I’m incognito.

Santa: Of course. But I can’t put a real car in my bag, and I’m not a bank. Ho, ho, ho.

Santa: Well, Santa doesn’t represent Christmas. I represent the spirit of giving. Giving is the magic in Christmas, and it’s around all year long.

Santa: The elves collect pixie dust and they can only get enough dust to make the sleigh fly for one night a year.

Santa: They are good little people, like a sprite, who live at the North Pole.

Santa: He’s good. I always take him in case of fog. But, Dasher, he caught a cold. I hope he’s better by Christmas Eve.

Santa: I have a magic key that Mother Nature gave to me.

Santa: I can freeze time. It takes me just a couple of minutes to visit every house in Grand Junction. I’m really fast.

Santa: It’s based on the toy inventory at the North Pole. Sometimes I run out of certain things like all the Nintendo DS and Wii games the kids ask for these days.

Santa: Ho, ho. No one has ever asked me that before. Let me think. Well, I just want the whole world to be happy and have the spirit of giving go on the year-round.

And with a twinkle in Santa’s eye, the interview was over, except for these parting words from the Jolly Old Elf:

“Oh, and tell them there are actually three lists: the good, the naughty and the nonbelievers. Those nonbelievers, that’s the list you really don’t want to be on.”


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