Fun facts about jolly old St. Nicholas, questions answered by Santa himself

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Tis the season to be jolly .. and tis the year that I can finally say, “Santa! I know him!!!”

He sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake.
But how about we get to know a little bit more about the big guy …

“How old are you?”
“Well, last time I counted,” Santa said, “I’m like, 1,700 years old, give or take a year or two.”

“How do you stay so young?”
“It’s all magic,” he said.

Even with magic .. Santa still needs a little help from his friends.

“How many elves do you have up at the North Pole?”
“Well I started out with 30 and then I sent some out to do this Elf on the Shelf stuff so I can get reports back from different households to see what’s going on with the children,” explained Santa. “So I’m down to about 12 now.”

Those elves help him determine what it takes to keep your name on the nice list ..
“Listening to mom and dad, doing good in school, doing what they’re supposed to at home, helping around.”

And perhaps putting Santa’s favorite cookies on the kitchen table .. that might get you some brownie points, too.

“What are your favorite kinds of cookies?”
“Chocolate chip and gingerbread,” Santa said matter-of-factly.
“With what kind of milk?”
“Whole milk.”

But according to Kris Kringle .. it’s not about the cookies .. it’s about the kids.
“Santa, what’s your favorite part of Christmas?”
He replied simply, “Making all the children happy.”

He added that the most popular gifts this year are dolls, race cars, and dinosaurs.
Santa Claus was pleased to report that a lot of kids have also been asking for health and happiness.
 

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