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What is Santa’s Favorite Holiday?

Dear Ernest, I know that Santa’s favorite holiday is Christmas. What other holidays does he celebrate? Jose M. Lima, Peru Actually, Jose, Santa’s favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. But Santa is a lover of all holidays. And he celebrates holidays that most people don’t even keep on their calendars. Remember, Santa “works” only one day a year. That leaves him a lot of time to celebrate. Santa is also a traveler, …
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Is it Donner or Donder?

Dear Ernest, I notice you use Donner as one of the main reindeer in Santa’s group but isn’t it Donder who was one of the original reindeer who pulled Santa’s sleigh? Thanks, Rhona Hi Rhona, Good catch. But Donner and Donder are actually one-and-the-same. While “Donder” is his proper name, ‘Donner” is his nickname. There’s an interesting little story as to how he got this nickname. As a young buck, …
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Does Santa ever get skinny?

Dear Ernest, When Christmas is over, does Santa lose weight and get skinny or does he stay the same size all year long? Also, how many elves are there at the North Pole? Thanks, David, age 7 Hi David, Santa’s pretty regular with his weight. He doesn’t think it’s good for his health to be adding and losing weight all the time so Santa keeps it pretty steady. Santa may …
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Questions from a First Grade Class

Dear Elf Ernest, I teach first grade in Cheyenne, Wyoming and I am going to have my students come up with questions for Santa. I was wondering if you would answer the questions for us. Thank you, Misty Hall Goins Elementary Dear Mrs. Hall, Of course! That’s my job. Your questions and answers are provided below. regards, Elf Ernest How does Santa get down the chimney? One inch at a …
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When Should Presents Be Opened?

Dear Ernest, I have a real problem. All of my life, my family opens presents on Christmas Eve. A friend of mine says that’s against the rules of Christmas. I follow the updates from the North Pole every year but I usually have my presents opened BEFORE Santa is suppose to arrive. What’s going on here? Roger D. Hagerstown, USA. Hi Roger, The most important thing at Christmas is being …
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How does Santa get around the world in one night?

Dear Ernest, How can Santa get around the whole world in just one night? I don’t get it. Earl T. Boston, USA I remember you, Earl. You like to ask the deep questions. Ever since you were a little kid, your letters to Santa have always delved into the mysteries. And ever since you took that position at MIT your questions have only increased. But this one is really quite …