Citizen's Spotlight: Santa Claus

Name:  Kris Kringle (AKA Santa Claus)

Age:  quite old

Family:  Wife – Mrs. Kringle (AKA Mrs. Claus), 9 reindeer “children”

Hobbies: board games, ice fishing, sleigh riding, surfing

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received:  Charles Dickens once told me to “Honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year.”  That was, without a doubt, the best advice I’ve ever received.  Brilliant man, that Dickens.

What are you most proud of?  My elves have the greatest work ethic I’ve ever seen.  They never cease to amaze me, and I am so proud to work with such a great bunch.

What keeps you motivated?

You mean besides the cookies? Ho, ho, ho, I’m just kidding.  Definitely letters from the children.  Once in a while – every few decades or so – I think about retirement, but then the first Christmas letters start rolling in, usually right around Thanksgiving, and I remember why I love what I do.  Children have the most amazing stories to tell, and I cherish every one of them.  I even have a scrapbook of letters!  I keep them all.

What’s the most frustrating part?  When people stop believing.  Not in me, necessarily, but in the spirit of love and giving – the true spirit of Christmas.  Children are full of pure Christmas spirit, but they tend to lose some of that as they get older.  It’s always very disheartening. 

What’s the most rewarding part?  Getting to be part of the joy of peoples’ holidays.  Nothing could be more rewarding than knowing you’ve made someone else smile and brought a little light to their life.

Do you have a favorite toy?  I’m fond of the Slinky, but Lincoln Logs might give it a run for its money.

Anything else you’d like our readers to know?

Despite this being a time for love and joy, I often see people being unkind to one another this time of year…  Be considerate of one another, especially around the holidays.  This can be a stressful time for many, but that makes it all the more important to have love and compassion for your neighbor.