A day in the life of...SANTA CLAUS
Name: Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle.
Job Title: Chief executive
Company: North Pole Enterprises
This is the busiest time of the year for me so I start my morning quite early to make sure I am ready for the day.
My elves and I have been working hard all year preparing for Christmas and of course checking the list to make sure we know exactly who has been naughty or nice!
Rudolph, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen flew me from the North Pole to the Granite City in November as I have a lovely grotto in Bon Accord & St Nicholas at the moment, which is great fun.
The boys and girls of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire have done a wonderful job of helping me feel at home – decorating my grotto with lovely drawings and pictures.
I do miss Mrs Claus when I am away from the North Pole so really appreciated this kind gesture.
I am ready to start meeting all the good children from 10am and do love hearing all their stories. There are so many interesting youngsters to meet that my morning passes in the flashiest of flashes.
I am spoilt for choice when it comes to lunchtime as there are lots of lovely restaurants and cafes near my grotto.
If I let myself have a treat, I go to Millie’s Cookies, as everyone knows I can never resist a sweet biscuit or two …
It is good to get a chance to stretch my legs as I walk around the centre as I am sitting down a lot during the day – and I do love seeing everyone’s happy faces as I have a little wander.
The afternoon is even busier for me as more families are out and about and lots want to meet me. It is such fun listening to what they are all hoping to receive under their Christmas tree this year. I was delighted to hear how well behaved they have all been, which is very important to me.
Christmas is about many things, but family is one of the most special of them all, and I do love it when everyone is kind and good to each other.
I am especially pleased that people are making donations to CLAN Cancer Support when they come to see me. CLAN does great work to support those affected by cancer in the north and north-east of Scotland.
All the boys and girls are very patient waiting to meet me, and I do my best to give them all as much attention as I can, as well as a little present.
We all have our photo taken together – and I think there might have been a few “elfies” too.
My afternoon finishes at about 4pm and after the elves and I have done a bit of tidying up it is time to call it a day and have a rest.
My grotto in Aberdeen is lovely and cosy but there is not quite enough space for all my elves to stay with me.
They are all staying in a nearby hotel while I use a bit of magic dust to transform my sleigh into a comfortable bed.
Mrs Claus likes to hear how my day has gone when I am away so we enjoy a Skype call after I have eaten.
She is overseeing everything at the North Pole while I am away and said everything is on track for Christmas Eve, when I leave Aberdeen and head back home to collect all the presents the elves have been creating. Then it will be time for a whirlwind trip around the world, which can be quite tiring, but amazing fun.
I hope lots more boys and girls come and see me while I am in Aberdeen, I am really enjoying my time in the city.