Santa’s ‘Secret’ Coping Strategies
Santa finds things tough sometimes. It is hard to make sure that every child gets exactly what they ask for.
However Santa has lived through many tough times and here is the advice he gave to Josephine Bleach of the Early Learning Initiative at National College of Ireland, to pass on to parents and children everywhere.
Only ask for one big present
Santa has to deliver millions of presents to boys and girls all over the world. Things are tight sometimes and while he would love to give each boy and girl loads of presents he is not always able to do it.
Do ask for a surprise
Santa loves giving surprises. He often has various toys left over that he can use as surprises. Every Christmas morning before he goes to bed he takes a quick peek around the world to see how boys and girls everywhere are enjoying their surprises.
Don’t be disappointed
Sometimes with the best will in the world Santa is unable to get you the present you want. He has millions and millions of presents to get ready each Christmas and it can be a very tough job. Some times he is so busy, he forgets what children ask for, he loses his book of presents, and he mixes up names and presents. Other times, a million children ask for the same present and he does not have enough. He does not like it when he can not give a child the exact present he or she wants but sometimes there is no other way around it.
Remember that Santa loves you
While Santa may not be able to get you the present you ask for, he does love you and tries to get you the best present he can. If he does not get it right one year, he will try to make it up to you as best he can the next year.
Santa loves Christmas. He enjoys his hard earned rest with Mrs Christmas and the elves. After working so hard all year, they are often stressed and exhausted and, we shouldn’t be telling you this, they sometimes have the odd row. Santa’s tips for a happy Christmas are as follows:
• Spend time with your family.
• It is only a dinner and it does not have to perfect.
• Be nice when visiting family and friends
• Don’t put pressure on others by buying them expensive or even any gifts
• Play games. Santa always loves to play cards and he is a mean monopoly and rummikub player.
• Get out of the house
• Watch old movies together in one room.
• Give to Charity (Santa knows that people are finding it tough this year and he always feel good when he helps others out.)
• Be grateful for what you have got rather than upset over what you have not got.
Appreciate the magic of Christmas
Christmas is a special time for children and adults. Santa would like everyone to appreciate the good things about Christmas. His personal favourites are
• Enjoying the decorations and the lights
• Visiting the crib
• Listening to carol singers
• Receiving Christmas cards
• Chatting to old friends
• Listening to children talking about him
• Watching children’s faces as they open their presents
Finally, both the Early Learning Initiative team at the National College of Ireland and Santa Claus’s team at the North Pole would like to wish you all a happy Christmas. Please do not forget to leave out a drink (non-alcoholic only – Santa is driving) and a few goodies. Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer say thanks for all the carrots over the years and remind you to keep them coming.
If you want a look at Santa in the North Pole, you can look at the following website: www.portablenorthpole.tv
Dr Josephine Bleach is Director of the Early Learning Initiative (ELI) at National College of Ireland.