By Kirk Starratt
You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout I’m telling you why…Santa Claus is coming to town!
In an exclusive interview with the Kings County Register, Jolly Old Saint Nick said he is very excited about visiting Kings County children this year as part of his annual whirlwind journey around the globe delivering presents to all the good girls and boys.
Santa said the elves help him a great deal with establishing his list of who is naughty and who is nice, but Santa gets to make the final decisions and approves the master copy. Kings County children will be pleased to hear Santa has all of them on the nice list. However, Santa remains secretive of some of his magical methods.
“Santa is not prepared to reveal the secret of how I get down the chimneys or how I get into the houses without a chimney,” he said.
Santa always used to navigate by the stars, but he now relies on GPS technology onboard the sleigh. However, he’s never gotten lost, not even in the old days. He still has a full complement of nine flying reindeer to pull the load, led by the legendary Rudolph with his nose so bright.
Santa said he’s always thankful for the watchful eye and protection of NORAD when he enters Canadian air space but he has never had a problem on board the sleigh.
“Over the years, I’ve never had to use them,” he said.
Santa said he has just enough elves to get the job done each year, but he hasn’t been able to accurately determine just how many he has in his employ.
“I tried to keep the elves still to count them one time, but it was an impossibility,” Santa said.
Although the most popular treat people leave for him remains milk and cookies, he’s found everything from yogurt to lobsters waiting for him. Mrs. Claus gets Santa on a stringent exercise and diet program as soon as he gets out of bed Christmas Day and he credits her for keeping him in shape.
Santa has been visiting County Fair Mall in New Minas quite frequently leading to Christmas and said Kings County children have many ideas in mind in terms of what they’d like to find for surprises under the tree. One of the most popular items seems to be Butterscotch My Little Pony, as well as gizmos like iPads and iPhones. However, long-time favourites like G.I. Joe and Barbie remain popular requests as well.
To watch a video interview with Santa, visit www.kingscountynews.ca.
Track Santa’s journey with NORAD
The North American Aerospace Defense Command is getting ready to track Santa's yuletide journey.
It all started in 1955, when a local media ad directed kids to call Santa directly - only the number was misprinted. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone rang through to the Crew Commander on duty at the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center.
Thus began the tradition, which NORAD has carried on since it was created in 1958.
The NORAD Tracks Santa website, www.noradsanta.org, is already gearing up for Santa's journey, featuring a countdown calendar, a kid's countdown village with holiday games and activities that change daily and video messages from students and troops from around the world.
Tracking opportunities are also offered on Facebook, Google+, YouTube and Twitter - Santa followers just need to type "noradsanta" into each search engine to get started.
Starting at 3 a.m. on Dec. 24, website visitors can watch Santa as he makes all the preparations for his flight.
NORAD's "Santa Cams" will also stream videos as Santa makes his way over various locations worldwide.