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Can I get step-by-step instructions on how to wrap a present?

Dear Ernest, Can Elf Wally give me step-by-step instructions on how to wrap a present? Include boxes and cylinders. Alana United States Elf Wally is certainly the expert to ask this of. So I did. And this is what he said that you have to remember — just 25 easy steps to wrapping a present: 1. Eat a sugar cookie. This is important. It will limber your fingers for the …
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Do elves ever pee themselves?

Dear Ernest, Do elves ever pee themselves? Kirsty Ireland Well. That’s a delicate question. When I first saw this question I thought someone was kidding, maybe pulling my leg. But I see it is from you, Kirsty, and I understand why you are asking it. So I will tell you. First of all, I talked to Elf Dr. Lionel about this question. He took it very seriously. “Some people think …
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How does Santa eat all those cookies in one night?

Dear Ernest, How does Santa eat all of the cookies in one night? Angelina California, USA (Actually, this question was asked of Elf Agent X — and he thought I should answer it, so here goes:) It’s true. Santa does eat a lot of cookies on his way around the world on Christmas Eve. Just about every house has cookies for him and many houses have LOTS of cookies for …
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When will everyone be told what the Big Building with No Name is all about?

Dear Ernest, When will everyone be told what the Big Building with No Name is all about? Francesca England Dear Francesca, That’s a really good question. I have that question myself. You have to understand that Christmas is a season of secrets. Even at the North Pole. Did you know that most of the time when an elf works on a toy or a gift he doesn’t know WHO’s gift …
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What do the reindeer eat?

Dear Ernest, What do the reindeer eat? Fiona Portales, NM USA I decided to talk to Elf Victor, Santa’s head of reindeer operations, about that question. I know that I leave out carrots for them on Christmas Eve. But I started to wonder if that was the right thing to do. “Oh, it is definitely the right thing to do,” Elf Victor said. “Carrots are like candy to a reindeer. …
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Can Santa’s sleigh be a different color than red?

Dear Ernest, Can Santa’s sleigh be a different color than red? Emory USA Yes. It frequently is a different color. Most people just think it is red. Santa loves the color red. And red is a natural color for something as fast as the sleigh. But the truth is that the sleigh could be any color. I remember the year it was white. That was rare. It was hard to …
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Do elves have normal jobs like policemen?

Dear Ernest, Do elves have normal jobs like policemen, nurses or grocers? Lily Argentina Most excellent question! Yes, we have elves who do “normal” stuff here at the North Pole. Elf Dr. Lionel, for example, is a doctor. He doesn’t make toys like a lot of Santa’s elves. We have elves who are garbage men, grocers, firemen, policemen, vets, truck drivers, snow plow drivers — well, just about anything and …
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How is the North Pole Post Office Organized?

Dear Ernest, How is the North Pole post office organized? Emily London, England Emily, I asked Elf Hugo to explain the answer to this question, since he’s in charge over there at the North Pole post office. Elf Hugo says the mail comes in three ways: through the postal systems of each country, through stocking mail and by the Internet. So the mail is first sorted through different parts of …
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What does Santa’s Workshop look like?

Dear Ernest, What does Santa’s workshop look like? Gerry United States Actually, that’s a really good questions. There have been so many ideas put out there by movies and cartoons and television shows about Santa’s workshop that many people think of it in the wrong way. Santa is actually a very orderly man. Santa’s workshop is a place that is very clean and very organized. A lot of movies make …
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What is Mrs. Claus’ first name?

Dear Ernest, What is Mrs. Claus’ first name? Thanks, Bill Hi Bill, I’ll tell you, Bill I haven’t the foggiest idea. You see, Mr. and Mrs. Claus are very private people, despite their very public roles. I am in the delicate position of knowing many things and I have been charged with being a spokesperson for the North Pole. It’s a great responsibility. And some things, being private, I just …
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What makes reindeer fly?

Dear Ernest, What makes a reindeer fly? Missy J. Barcelona, Spain Hi Missy- The flight of reindeer has been attributed to everything from magic corn to fairy dust. Since most of the stories are ancient fables, there is no way to account for what actually started it all. But it might not be as unusual to science as you would imagine. After all, they have found birds with gills, dinosaurs …