Michael, why is Santa so fat? What if he gets sick from being so fat?
He has to be fat, Riley. When the elves load up his sleigh with all the presents, they weigh so much, they tip the sleigh backwards. Santa has to have enough weight that he balances the front of the sleigh so it stops tipping over. He only gets fat in December though. Mrs. Claus makes him go on a diet as soon as Christmas is over.
But if Santa and the presents are so heavy, how do the reindeer pull them off the ground and into the sky?
Well…you’ve heard of Tinkerbell, right? She lends them some fairy dust every year on Christmas Eve. But only on Christmas Eve, so that’s why Santa can only come once a year, and he has to visit everyone in just the one night.
How does Santa get into our house when we don’t have a chimney?
In the old days, everyone had a chimney, but now, lots of people like us don’t have them, so Santa got a magic key from Harry Potter. It can open any lock in the whole wide world. And it only works for Santa, so no one can use it to rob someone’s house if they try to steal it from him.
How come not everyone gets the toys they asked Santa for?
‘Cause Christmas isn’t really about getting everything you want. It’s about celebrating the birth of Baby Jesus. Santa just helps make the day more fun, but really, even if he didn’t come, we’d still celebrate peace and love and all that other stuff anyway.
But isn’t Santa supposed to bring you what you want, if you”re’ve been really good all year?
Yeah, I guess so, but I think sometimes he just knows that what a kid asked for isn’t something she really needs-like when I asked for a horse one year-I didn’t get it, but he brought me my teddy Theo that year, and he ended up being my best friend.
Do you think Santa will ever get tired of Christmas?
No. Santa won’t ever get tired of Christmas. He promised Baby Jesus he would help every kid celebrate Christmas every year, and Santa wouldn’t go back on a promise. You don’t have to worry, Riley. But you do have to wait-Christmas isn’t for another month and a half!
That’s okay. Will you help me write a letter to Santa tomorrow, Michael?