The big man himself has very kindly taken a bit of time out of this busy schedule to take our Sugar Rush Quiz. He will be visiting homes across the world on Christmas Eve.
What are you currently working on?
Well as you can imagine, with only a few weeks to go, things are hotting up here at the North Pole! (not literally, it’s freezing) So I am working on making sure there are enough presents to go around to all the girls and boys. Next top priority is of course those reindeer. They can get a bit out of practice in the off season, that is of course every day of the year except for Christmas Eve, so their fitness is definitely a priority for me at the moment. The thing is that everyone seems to think they eat carrots, but they are rather fond of a pizza. My wife Mary is a wonderful cook, so she is taking care of their diet. She’s never had lessons, you know. Completely elf taught!! Oh ho ho ho, that’s a cracker! Oh no, silly me…it was IN a cracker.
What is the one thing that has helped you to become successful?
Well many, many things have made me successful over the years; there’s those Coca Cola adverts, there’s the justification for Dads to have a bit of a belly, all sorts of things. There are two main reasons that I have become so successful, firstly: Magic, and the enduring ability of children to believe. It doesn’t matter how far technology comes along, or what else is going on in their lives, plonk a kid down in front of me and they WILL believe. Secondly, I am a big jolly chap that gives them free stuff once a year if they’re good. What’s not to like?
What is your favourite Book?
My favourite book is actually a Christmas Poem ‘The Night before Christmas’ by Clement Clark Moore. It’s a lovely story and gets me in the Christmassy mood. The problem is that as I am so buys I tend to read the version that my lovely wife Mary has abridged for me. It goes like this: ‘T’was the night before Christmas…and then it was Christmas’. Wonderful, wonderful stuff.
What are you currently watching on TV?
Oh I don’t have a lot of time for television, but I do have several films that I use for Elf training purposes, there’s the DOs like ‘Santa Claus the Movie’ and ‘Elf’ and the DON’Ts like ‘Bad Santa’. It truly is a minefield being an Elf, they have to be steered in the right direction.
Would you choose the cinema, theatre or a restaurant for a night out?
That’s easy. A restaurant. Being magic, I don’t really take a lot of notice of all the pretending that goes on in films and shows, but a good meal can’t be faked. I have a hearty appetite, and like all the classics. But a good meal is always finished off with a glass of sherry and a mince pie…
What’s your favourite sweet?
Easy one this, candy canes. Oh and I can’t stand humbugs.
What did you want to be when you were a child?
Well you see the magic of Father Christmas is that I never was a child. I have just always sort of…been. It’s lovely though, I get a huge amounts of cards and presents, and I have a lovely time through the year reading the lists that children send me. I keep a close eye on the little ones though, as you can imagine, if their behavior starts to get a little bit suspect, a word in the parent’s earhole might be in order, but generally speaking the world is chock full of good little girls and boys.
What was the naughtiest thing you did when you were a child?
I couldn’t possibly answer that.
What is your proudest achievement to date?
My proudest achievement is without doubt my ability to spread love and goodwill. When I see the little children’s faces light up as they see me around the place, it makes my heart swell. Not on Christmas Eve though, once those lights are out, it’s strictly no peeking, as if you see me, the magic doesn’t work and I can’t stop. The sherry of course, has nothing to do with it.
Well, I’ve had the suit cleaned and pressed by Mary, given the old beard a bit of a brush and its nearly time to start the countdown. I notice that the Christmas stuff is in the some of the shops already, but I never touch the 10 gallon drums of Roses until my work is done. Mary never said anything about half price Chocolate Oranges though (ho ho ho)