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13 tricky Santa questions answered

Posted on 9 December 2015

Don’t get caught out this Christmas

Watching children enjoy the magic of Christmas is delightful, but the legend of Santa can raise some tricky questions from the inquisitive minds of little ones.

When you think about it, it’s not surprising that the story of a chubby old man from the North Pole, who flies around the world sneaking into living rooms in the dead of night delivering presents to little boys and girls, requires some explanation.

If you’re keen to keep the magic alive, here’s some answers to have up your sleeve in case of a Santa-related emergency.

baby wearing reindeer ears
Q1. How does Santa make his sleigh and reindeer fly?

 

Short answer: Magic.

Long answer: Magic… and a very big gust of wind.

 

santa going down the chimney
Q2. How does Santa fit down the chimney?

 

Short answer: Magic.

Long answer: Magic. Santa pulls his left ear and shrinks to the size of the chimney. Then he pulls his right ear and puffs back up to his usual round, cuddly self.

child wearing a santa claus outfit
Q3. Why doesn’t Santa get burnt when he comes down the chimney?

 

Short answer: Magic.

Long answer: Magic. Santa sprinkles magic dust to put the fire out, then lights it again when he leaves.

 

man wearing a santa claus outfit
Q4. We don’t have a chimney. So how will Santa bring our presents?

 

Short answer: Magic.

Long answer: He has a magic key to open the front door.

 

santa with a dog
Q5. Why doesn’t the dog bark at Santa when he comes?

 

Short answer: Magic.

Long answer: The dog loves Santa too and knows he’s here to do nice things.

 

crying baby wearing an elf outfit
Q6. How does Santa deliver presents to all the children in just one night?

 

Short answer: Magic (there’s definitely a theme emerging here…)

Long answer: Magic and lots of help from the reindeer and the elves.

man wearing an elf outfit
Q7. Where does Santa get all the presents?

 

Short answer: Magic.

Long answer: The elves spend all year making them.

 

baby wearing a christmas outfit
Q8. How does Santa know where I live?

 

Short answer: Magic.

Long answer: The tooth fairy told him because she’s a friend of his.

 

santa looking at a plane on a tablet
Q9. We’ve moved. How will Santa know where to find us?

 

Short answer: Magic.

Long answer: The Post Office sent him an email with our new address.

 

santa's boots and a cat looking up
Q10. Why is Santa wearing Daddy’s shoes?

 

Short answer: Magic.

Long answer: He has good taste… and magic.

 

group of people running wearing santa claus outfits
Q11. Why do the Santas look different?

 

Short answer: Magic.

Long answer: Santa has lots of helpers around the world who meet the children and pass messages back to Santa and his elves, so they can get all the presents ready for Christmas Eve.

men in a pub wearing santa claus outfits
Q12. Why is Santa’s beard wonky?

 

Short answer: ‘Magic’ probably won’t cut it here…

Long answer: When Santa’s beard isn’t bushy enough the elves make him a special beard wig to wear.

child visiting santa's grotto
Q13. Is Santa real?

 

Short answer: Santa’s magic.

Long answer: Santa’s magic. Do you believe in magic?

 

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