No, he wouldn’t tell us if you’ve been naughty or nice. But, Santa Claus was kind enough to take a few minutes out of his busy day visiting with his “little buddies” at the Neshaminy Mall to answer a few often-asked questions about his job, his home — and his beard.
How old are you?
I started counting one time. I got up to 365 days and I fell asleep. So, I’d say in the range of 1,700 years.
How long have you been coming to Neshaminy Mall?
Well, I’ve been here since 1968, when it opened.
What made you decide to come here every year?
I always like to see my little buddies. I love kids, it’s my favorite part of the job.
I’m sure you’ve seen many trends come and go. Are there any toy requests that never seem to go out of style?
Teddy bears are always in style. Boys, girls, everybody likes them.
What are some memorable requests you’ve gotten over the years?
The most memorable are when they ask for something for someone other than themselves. It shows me what a good person they are.
It must be tiring to spend all day in the mall. What keeps you going?
Getting to see all my little buddies!
Who do you have here at the mall to help you?
I have a lot of elves helping me here. I have some of my elves from the North Pole here, too, but they move so fast you can’t see them.
Do you keep your beard all year round or do you get to shave it when it gets hot out?
People think it gets hot, but it’s like insulation. It’s neither hot nor cold. But, I usually shave it down to one or two inches in the off-season.
How do you travel around the world in one night?
Well, if you think about it, I really have two full nights because of the way the Earth rotates. And, I also have plenty of time because of the time zones. I also have over 300 elves plotting my course. Between all that and my magic, we’ve got it down to a science.
Is it true you give out coal to bad kids?
If you think about it, is there really a bad kid? Sometimes they’re hungry or sometimes they had a bad day and they lash out, but they’re not really bad at heart. So no, I don’t. I want all my little buddies to be happy.
Do you ever help out the polar bears at the North Pole?
Well, I have a couple of polar bears that are my friends, and they visit me. To help them out, we try to be as green as possible at the North Pole, as should everyone else. ••