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What makes Rudolph’s nose red?

Dear Ernest (on behalf of Elf Victor, Santa’s head of reindeer operations), What makes Rudolph’s nose red? Does Rudolph have any other family that has…mmmm…a blue nose or a green nose or something like that? JC Dallas, USA He was born with it. No other member of Rudolph’s family has a nose like Rudolph’s. Elf Victor is actually very happy you asked that question. He knows a lot of people …
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Does Santa receive any presents?

Dear Ernest, Does Santa receive any presents? Karlee Bellingham, USA Yes, every year. Santa is a big believer in Santa. He hangs his stocking every year. I know this sounds goofy. What is even goofier is that Santa is always surprised by what he gets for Christmas every year. Last year he received some new golf balls and he was like, well, a little boy on Christmas. He just couldn’t …
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Do reindeer actually talk?

Dear Elf Ernest (on behalf of Elf Victor, Santa’s head of reindeer operations), Do reindeer actually talk? Ria Kildare, Ireland Outstanding question! Reindeer are very, very intelligent animals. And they love working for Santa and powering the sleigh. But do they talk? Yes and no. They do not talk like you and I talk. They cannot use regular words. But they can communicate and it takes someone with very special …
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Did Santa get my letter and when will he write back?

Dear Ernest, Did Santa get my letter and when will he write me back? Alexis Morgantown, USA If Santa writes you a letter it will probably only happen on Christmas morning when he is at your house. And if he does, it will be a very, very brief letter — more like a note. While Santa gets a lot of letters he does not actually write a lot of letters. …
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What do elves like to eat at Christmas?

Dear Elf Ernest (on behalf of Elf Hugo, Postmaster at the North Pole Post Office) What do elves like to eat at Christmas time? Cherries Class Blandford Forum, England Thanks for all your questions. We have answered many of the other questions before but this question about elves and what they eat at the North Pole at Christmas is a very good question. Elves work hard. Very hard. So we …
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Do planes follow Santa?

Dear Ernest, Do planes filled with the secret elf service follow Santa’s sleigh to ensure a safe flight? Matthew Deltona, Florida USA Not quite. Santa doesn’t like to use planes, although he is a licensed pilot. He tries to stay away from too many planes or helicopters especially on Christmas Eve. Frankly, they go just too slow for Santa. But he loves sleighs. They have few moving parts to break …
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What happens if Santa gets sick on Christmas Eve?

Dear Ernest (on behalf of Elf Dr. Lionel, head of the North Pole Medical Center), What happens if Santa gets sick on Christmas Eve? Savannah Magnolia, NC USA That’s a really good question and, honestly, it is one we ask and worry about all the time here at the North Pole. We have discussed it many times with Mrs. Claus. As you might imagine, Mrs. Claus is very protective of …