PUBLISHED: 4:06 PM on Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Santa Claus prepares for busy season
A brief on business with five questions
Santa Claus delivers toys to children around the world each year on Christmas Eve. Santa lives at the North Pole and oversees a toy workshop where elves work. The sled was orginally pulled by eight reindeer: Blitzen, Comet, Cupid, Dancer, Dasher, Donner, Prancer and Vixen. Santa later added a ninth reindeer, Rudolph, who has a red nose, which can be especially useful navigating throughout Southeast Alaska.

Santa will be making an appearance at Capital City Weekly from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at 134 N. Franklin St. He recently answered Capital City Weekly's questions about his job.

How do you deliver gifts to the children across the world in one night?

It's an exciting job that seems to take more and more time. With all the children around the world and more being born as we speak, I have to work very fast. Hardly any time for chocolate chip cookies any more. Just zip zip zip. Wow, I get tired just thinking about it!

How do you get inside houses with small chimneys or no chimneys?

Ahhh, that's when I use my magic. Just put my finger along side my nose and in a flash I'm in. Then, off I go.

Photo by Lee Leschper
  Demaris Oxman of Juneau takes a moment to visit with Santa Claus about her wish list. Claus is busy visiting with many children this season, but has several stops planned in Juneau. He will be at Capital City Weekly from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. For other dates and times or to view photos, go online to
What do your reindeer eat and what do they do to train for delivery night?

Normally, Reindeer like certain mosses that grows up north. But, in the last couple of months just before Christmas I order a large quantity of especially nutritious hay made just for flying reindeer. Initially I had to train my reindeer, but over the years the reindeer have took it upon themselves to get ready for the big trip. When I am ready to go and the Elves have filled the sleigh, the reindeer have readied themselves. Then, off we go in a flash!!

How much do the elves work leading up to the big day?

The elves work very hard most of the year. During the summer we all take a little vacation. It gives us all a chance to see what the kids are doing with the toys and clothes we gave them the previous Christmas. Also, I get the chance to talk to some of the manufacturer's about what toys are expected to be popular with the kids for the coming Christmas. In the last month or two we really get busy making toys night and day.

How do you decide who should be on the naughty or nice list?

It's really pretty complicated. Kids under the age of 9 generally are on my "nice" list. Not too many of them meet the "naughty" requirements. Older kids are carefully observed over the year by myself and my many helpers. Mothers are some of my best informants. Finally, we run all the information through our Super Santa Computer using a very complicated mathematical algorithm to give me the final "nice" and "naughty" lists.