With less than five sleeps to go until the big man in the red suit empties his sack of pressies across the south-west, reporter Rebecca Riddle lets south-west children ask the important questions in this week’s Moyne Gazette Q&A. Taking time out of his busy schedule, Santa was kind enough to give readers a small insight into what it is to be ‘Mr Christmas’.
How many brothers and sisters do you have? I have three brothers and three sisters, there’s one of us for every day of the week.
How old are you? Oh, ho, ho, ho I can’t tell you that. Besides, I’m sure I can’t remember.
How do you travel around the world and eat all that food in one night? Well that’s the magic of Christmas.
What colour are your eyes? That depends on what colour I am wearing. Mrs Claus says they change all the time.
Do your reindeer only eat carrots? Why not apples? Or pies, or fairy dust? I’ve trained them well I suppose. I’m sure they sneak in treats every now and then though, just like you kids.
Who is the best elf? Hmmm, I’d rather not say. It might hurt the others’ feelings and they’re all working so hard this week.
Who is your best friend? That’s an easy one, it’s Mrs Claus of course.
Do you have neighbours? Yes, there are lots of families of polar bears in our area and I don’t know the family that moved into number 1206 yet. That reminds me I must go and introduce myself.
What is your favourite place in the world to visit on Christmas Eve? I love flying over Port Fairy’s East Beach – what a magnificent part of the world. I wish I could stay there longer, I’ve always wanted to try those surf boards I’ve seen those Nippers using.
Where do you start when you’re dropping off presents and how long does it take to get around the world? I like to start in the northern hemisphere where I race through the snow and ice. Then I can thaw out by the time I reach the beaches of Australia.
What do you do when you’re not working? Well, I can’t say there’s much time when I’m not working but you can see by the photos that I have plenty of fun when I’m in south-west Victoria.
How many elves do you have? I don’t know, I haven’t counted them lately. Let’s just say I think I have more than enough for now.