Q. - What's the difference between "Up North"
and "Down Below" elves?
- Well, aside from where we live, "Up North" elves are
usually a little smaller in stature. The cold weather in the
North Pole area tends to make the natural born elves on the
short side to conserve heat! They have work uniforms, which
include the customary hats and pointed shoes. The elves in
the North Pole make traditional toys, keep Santa organized
for his big ride and secure the licenses for copyrighted
materials, like computer games, books and CD's.
The "Down Below" elves really don't look
any different than a Mom or Dad, in fact, some of us are
Moms and Dads. We are responsible for gathering wish lists
and naughty/nice information. We also help find those hard
to find toys that are not elfen-made at the North Pole.
(Tickle Me Elmos and Poo-Chis come to mind quickly in recent
years!) We have regular jobs as well as our elf jobs and
don't wear uniforms that often.
- You said Elfaella was promoted to Europe?? How far can an
- The highest ranking for a "down below elf" is representing
Santa or Mrs. Claus at a Mall or in a Parade.
An elf has to go through some serious
training to learn all about Santa's secrets to his great
memory and how to correctly file the reports back to Santa
when he represents him as a Mall Santa or in an official
Holiday Parade. Opportunities for female elves to be
promoted to that pinnacle are tougher because not all Malls
and Parades have Mrs. Claus represented.. One great bonus
that goes with that appointment though, is Mrs. Claus's
famous recipe for simply the best Chocolate Chip cookies
there are! (They are Santa's favorite!)
- Shouldn't we leave Santa a Christmas present?
Remember that Santa knows that you love him and he knows
your heart thought about that! But, the truth is, his gift
from you is a smile and the fact that you enjoy the gifts he
brings. He visits so many children that he doesn't have the
room at the north pole for all of those wonderful gifts from
them. He'd prefer that you donate Food to a Soup Kitchen or
a coat or shoes to a local organization who helps those in
need. You can leave him a note, letting him know what you
donated on his behalf. THAT will warm his heart and be
wonderful for a long ride on a cold night!
- What is Santa's favorite snack to have when he
- Santa loves cookies! Homemade ones are the best, but he
appreciates anything left with love! He likes Hot Cocoa, and
he drinks a little more coffee than usual on the big
If your Mom or Dad ever tells you to
leave an alcoholic drink for Santa it's because they are
planning to drink it while they sit with him when he fills
the stockings. Santa NEVER drinks when he drives. My Dad
used to tell me that Santa liked mixed drinks, but then I
found out later that he gave Santa a cup of coffee or a
glass of milk while Dad had the drink!
- Who was the first female reindeer to make Santa's
- Vixen - she was one of the original eight.
- Why does Santa's writing on my presents look so much like
Mom's or Dad's?
- Well, it probably is your Mom or Dad's writing! When Santa
comes to the house he brings bags for each qualified kid.
The grownups in the house usually help him put the gifts
under the tree and they add your name or a gift tag before
placing it under the tree and in stockings. Without Moms and
Dads to help, you'd just get a bag of presents and the tree
wouldn't have that same magic look!
- How can I become a down below elf?
- To be a down below elf you must be 18 years old and a high
school graduate. You also have to pass a background check to
make sure you were on Santa's nice list as a kid.
If you know a local elf, you can do an
elfen internship at age 16, as long as your school grades
are good and stay that way. Santa is very particular about
school and how important it is on the naughty/nice meter!
But, sorry - you must be 16 to get the hot line number to
sign up, so when you turn 16, ask an adult relative for the
- Can I catch Santa when he comes?
- Well, first off, you'd have to be up pretty late! He
usually gets to my house at about 2:00 AM! That's why the
grown-ups are usually way sleepier than you in the morning!
But Santa would be even later if he came earlier and spent
time with each of the kids in the house! And he'd do that
too, because he does what he does on Christmas Eve because
he loves kids so much!
So, Santa has a plan to make sure he can
get in, leave presents and get on the way to his next
The sleep-meter is a sleigh dashboard
device that monitors breathing patterns in the house. You
know, people breathe slower and deeper when they are asleep.
The sleep meter lets Santa know if the people breathing like
they do when they are awake are big enough to all be
grownups. If the kids in the house aren't sleeping, he comes
back later and tries again.
The problem with trying to fake out the
meter is if you lie really still and breathe deep, you end
up falling asleep anyway.