How can Santa travel so fast?

Hello human friends,

It’s been a while. To excuse myself, I’m back with a double article. I know Christmas is over now, but I’d like to talk about someone we all know : Santa Claus. He’s a legendary figure, always dressed in red. The man brings gifts to the homes of well-behaved children during Christmas.

He was mostly inspired on the figure of saint Nicholas. A Greek christian bishop famous for his generous gifts to the poor.

But how can he fly all over the world in just one night? It isn’t much time to deliver presents to more than two billion children.

At best, we could extend that time to 48h by taking advantage of the Earth’s time zones. With more than seven billion people, he’d have to deliver to around 10 000 homes every second to get the job done.

Spy Magazine says that to deliver all his presents in time he’d have to travel at such a high speed that Rudolph and his friends would burn up due to friction, just like small meteors entering the atmosphere.

The site “how stuff works” tries to explain it by using science. They think that Santa could have mastered the power of antimatter (yes it is the opposite of matter). NASA is hoping to use this same concept to finally take us to Mars.

Santa and his elves would have to outfit his sleigh with a Stardust Antimatter Propulsion Engine (see image below). This way, Santa would be able to deliver toys around the world in one night and be back to the North Pole in time for a Christmas Day feast.

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All this science stuff can be confusing to some people. So they just prefer to say that Santa is a time bender, since all the time zones in the world meet in  The North Pole. He’s able to move through the different times zones quickly.

But, to our children we often say that Santa and his sleigh are magical. The most important thing to recall about Santa, is that he has a very big heart. So if Santa really exists, there are no doubts that he’s more than a human, he’s definitely a Superhuman.

Whenever you give someone a present or sing a holiday song, you’re helping Santa Claus. To me, that’s what Christmas is all about. Helping Santa Claus!

                                                                                           LOUIS SACHAR, Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger
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