Every year, kids all across the world eagerly await the arrival of Santa Claus at their house. He brings presents for all the good little boys and girls no matter what country they’re in and most kids get so excited about Santa that they stay up as long as possible, hoping to catch a glimpse of him.
However, Santa won’t come unless everyone in the house is asleep, which is why parents have started using special tracking systems to see where Santa is in the world. There are special websites – some set up by his elves and some set up by the government – to track Santa and see where he is so kids know when they should be getting in bed.
In order to make the journey, Santa has to leave his home and workshop in the North Pole – where his elves work hard to construct all the toys Santa gives out at Christmas. He usually begins his journey in the Eastern part of the world (like places like China and Japan) because of the different time zones in the world. In other words, when it’s daytime in the United States, it’s nighttime in Japan, so it makes sense that Santa has to start over there because he doesn’t want to miss any kids! Then, Santa travels west all night long, stopping at every house in every country until he gets to the very last house (usually in Hawaii, which is the country farthest west on a map).
Santa Claus has been around for a very long time and everyone loves him because he’s kind and generous and he loves making kids happy – just as long as they’ve been good! He lives up in the North Pole, but he doesn’t live alone. He has a wife named Mrs. Claus who takes care of him. Santa also lives with his elves, and they are the ones who build all of the toys and holiday gift baskets in his workshop so that everyone can have a merry Christmas. Santa knows which toys to build because kids send him their Christmas wish list every year. He also lives with his reindeer who are the ones who make his sled fly and let him travel around the world – Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and of course, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer!
Santa himself is a jolly man who loves eating cookies and sweets, especially cookies and milk, which is why he loves it when kids leave them out for him, so naturally, he’s very fluffy! He has a long, long white beard, rosy cheeks, and twinkling blue eyes. When he makes his flight to give out the toys, he always wears a red-and-white suit with shiny black boots to keep warm. Santa spends a lot of his time making and checking his “list,” which has the name of every kid in the world, and Santa checks all year long to make sure kids are being good and deserve presents!