North Pole bustling as Christmas countdown on
SUMMERSIDE — Santa likes his cookies warm and his milk cold.
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Gracie Mae Shea, the three-year-old daughter of Heather and Eddie Shea of Summerside, tells Santa her Christmas wish list during a visit on Monday. The little girl wants a kitchen and a baby doll under her tree.
His favourite cookies? Chocolate chip.
These were just a few of the tidbits learned during an exclusive sit-down interview with Kris Kringle Monday.
Santa took time out from his busy schedule of listening to children’s wish lists, making toys, guiding his elves in the workshop and readying his reindeer for his big cross-the-world journey on Christmas Eve, to answer a few questions from the Journal Pioneer.
“It has been very, very busy,” said Jolly Ole St. Nick, who only had a few minutes to chat. “The last four of five days we’ve been swamped with kids and parents and everybody visiting Santa. There is no restriction on visiting Santa.”
The requests from young and old are varied, with iPods topping lots of lists.
“We put in a great big order for iPods and I hope that we get enough to go around. They are really hard to get,” added Santa. “I have to tell everybody that the biggest kid of all sitting right here, Santa Claus himself, doesn’t have one yet because we try to make sure that the kids get them first.”
He does everything he can to fulfill children’s wishes but said there are times when some of the items on the lists, like iPods, simply aren’t available.
“If I get enough I put them in the sleigh, drop by their house and put it under their tree. Just in case I don’t get enough, I stop by with real nice presents and lots of surprises,” said Santa. “We’re really fantastic at the surprises. When they get up Christmas morning and see the surprises that I leave they can hardly believe their eyes.”
Lego, Dora, Elmo and Easy Bake ovens are popular on many Christmas lists.
When it comes to Easy Bake ovens, Santa likes to make a deal with youngsters.
“If I can get enough Easy Bake ovens to go around and put one under their tree maybe they’ll bake cookies for me the next year. They all promise they will.”
With Christmas a week from today, the next few days will be the busiest of the year for Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves.
He hopes there’s a little more snow for his journey on Christmas Eve and lots of chocolate chip cookies waiting for him at the homes he visits.
“I don’t know how I do it but I manage to eat all those cookies,” he said with a jolly laugh.
Christmas Day is when Santa can finally take a break and relax.
“I’ll probably end up sitting down to a great big meal because I haven’t been eating properly lately because I’ve been so busy,” he added. “We’ll have a pretty nice day and we’ll be together with the elves and Mrs. Claus and other family. It will be a really lovely day.”
Santa’s wish for everyone this Christmas is this:
“I hope that everybody has a very Merry Christmas and is able to spend time with family and have a good time. And I hope they all get nice presents and surprises for Christmas.”