Did you know that Santa lives in Finland and that all those letters from
children all over the world—close to a million of them every
year—addressed to Santa Claus, The North Pole, actually end up in
Rovaniemi, Finland, at the official Santa Claus Post Office? Santa
himself lives down the road, in Santa Village. There he spends his time
supervising toy production and responding to the massive number of
emails he gets every day. Yes, emails. Santa has gone high-tech. This is
Finland after all. In keeping with the times, he now has his own website
where you can keep up on his doings through a webcam.
Below, an excerpt of an interview with the jolly man.
The Washington Times: Working only one day a year sounds like a
pretty cushy job to me. If we catch you on one of those 364 off-days, in
say, March, will we see you mooching around Santa Village in your
Santa Claus: A job with 364 days off does sound pretty good.
Unfortunately my calendar does not quite look like that. No jammies for
me, but you might see me in my swim trunks -- I love winter swimming.
WT: What does a typical workday look like for you this time of year?
SC: I spend a lot of time at my Arctic Circle office, meeting with
visitors from all over the world. I also travel a lot, not only at
Christmastime, visiting schools and hospitals. Then the rest of my time
is spent overseeing toy production in Santa Village and taking care of
WT: I like the idea of the web cam on your website. It makes it a lot
easier for us to see if you & Mrs. Claus are being naughty or nice. But
what about you, how are you using technology to make your job easier?
SC: I correspond with a lot of children through email these days. If you
want to email me, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. I
read and reply to all email messages I get, though not always right away
and maybe not with very lengthy responses. I'm a very busy man, you
WT: Busy winter swimming?
WT: You must be pretty tuned in to toy trends in the world. What are
this year's top wishes?
SC: The traditional toys, stuffed animals, dolls and cars, remain at the
WT: I heard that you get close to a million letters a year from
children all over the world. You must have a whole team of elves
designated to just letter-opening.
SC: I have lots of elves, more elves than reindeer. One night just after
Christmas, when most of the elves were at home here on Ear Mountain, I
tried to count how many pairs of little feet I could see sticking out
from the beds in the elf dormitory. I fell asleep at somewhere around
WT: I've taken a poll around the office and all we want for Christmas
is world peace. Any chance of that?
SC: I'm afraid that's out of my hands. It's up to all of us, really.
Before I dash off, I'd like to wish you and all the readers of The
Washington Times a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the New
For a peek into Santa's workshop, visit his website at