In the Easy Chair with Santa Claus

In the Easy Chair with Santa Claus



AGE: Ageless.

OCCUPATION: Toy deliverer and spreader of joy.

RESIDENCE: North Pole.

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: The imagination of children everywhere.

RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Delivering my final sleighfull of toys to good little girls and boys around the world.

I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: Preparing for Christmas Day.

MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Making children happy.

I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Being kind.

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: A long winter’s nap.

ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: Reindeer treats.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: I’ve always wanted to be a jolly old man who is lively and quick.

PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: Virginia O’Hanlon.

FAVORITE AUTHOR: Clement Moore.

BOOKS ON MY NIGHT STAND: “Polar Express,” by Chris Van Allsburg, “A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens, “A Childs’ Christmas in Wales,” by Dylan Thomas, and “The Sweet Smell of Christmas” by Patricia M. Scarry.

I AM LISTENING TO: My Christmas playlist, which includes Bing Crosby singing “White Christmas,” Bruce Springsteen singing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “The Christmas Song,” by Nat King Cole, and Joan Baez singing “O Holy Night.”

FAVORITE MOVIES: “Miracle on 34th Street,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and “White Christmas.”

FAVORITE TV SHOW: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” with Burl Ives.

FAVORITE SONG: “Jingle Bells.”

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Homemade Christmas cookies sprinkled with red and green sugar crystals.

SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: The Santa tracker on Google and the official NORAD Santa tracker.

TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Kindness.

PET PEEVE: Naughtiness.

FAVORITE QUOTATION: “Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night.”

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: Why, the children, of course. The children who believe in me.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Mrs. Claus and our shop full of elves.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I will live forever … in fact, thousands of years from now … nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, I will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: “Believe.”

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE:  “Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond.” — The New York Sun.

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Make that Christmas feeling remain with us all year.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: I have already won the lottery, I am the richest man in the world.

I DRIVE A: One-horse open sleigh led by Rudolph and his pals, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen.

I WISH I DROVE A: Ho, ho, ho, I am very happy with my sleigh, thank you.

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Milk to go with cookies and a bowl full of freshly-made whipped cream for hot cocoa.

IF I COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE, I WOULD INVITE: Now, let me see … first of all Mrs. Claus … and all my elves … and Rudolph, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen … and every glad-hearted person who could make the long trek to the cold North Pole aboard the Polar Express. Everyone is always welcome to the place where the bells will always ring for those who believe.

— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro


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