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Inside Santa's workshop

Jeanne Gagnon
Northern News Services
Published Monday, December 19, 2011

The sleigh has a fresh coat of paint, the elves are busy readying the toys, the reindeer are practising their landing - Santa's workshop in the North Pole is getting ready for Christmas.

In six days, Christmas will arrive in the homes of all the good boys and girls in Nunavut, across the country and around the world.

Earlier this month, Nunavut News/North contacted Santa Claus during his last preparations in anticipation of the big day.

"The elves are busy preparing toys for all the good little boys and girls," he said. "We're working really hard to make sure all the toys are working and the reindeer are fat and ready to fly."

New this year, not only Rudolph but all the reindeer will have a red nose as Nunavut has experienced so many blizzards, explained Santa. Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph are practising landing the sleigh.

"Every day, we have a red circle and we practice trying to land in the circle so we don't fall over chimneys."

He also said all his reindeer have been fitted with red, illuminating noses for their Christmas flight - except Rudolph, whose red nose comes natural.

Mrs. Claus will use the old telegraph system to call and alert Santa as to when he's arriving at the home of a naughty child, said Santa. They've chosen to return to an old way of communicating.

"We (at the workshop) have been singing carols every night. It is probably the most Christmas-y spirit we've had in a long time," he said. "The snow has been falling steadily. The reindeer are happy and munching on their hay and the elves have just been playing pranks and practical jokes on each other."

The sleigh has a fresh coat of paint with the words "Merry Christmas" written in all the world's languages, he added.

"I hope everybody has a safe and Merry Christmas and all the good little boys and girls across the world continue to go to school and to be respectful to their elders and their parents," said Santa.

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