Santa Claus really exists!

Santa Claus really exists!, InfoMistico.com

Santa Claus? No way, no adult in the world holds him in high esteem! But when they arrive in Finland, everyone is surprised to see the old man with a thick white beard, somewhat prominent belly and friendly demeanor sitting in his office. He is in person, celebrating Christmas.

Santa Claus is real. He lives in Lapland and receives 32,000 letters a day

At the end of the line, a little boy clings to his mother’s legs out of fear. He sincerely believes he is in the presence of the real Santa Claus. And you can understand why: it’s exactly what a little boy would expect. He says with a gentle smile: “Come here. Join me in the chair.”

In reality, Santa Claus has a home in Korvatunturi, a mountain near the Russian border.

Rovaniemi, capital of the Finnish Lapland region

He can hear the wishes of all children thanks to his ear shape. But because this place is so remote, he opened a second office in Rovaniemi, the Finnish city that serves as the capital of Lapland, and welcomes guests there all year round.

A small log cabin was built for Eleanor Roosevelt, the widow of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, to meet Santa Claus when he arrived there in 1950. This marked the beginning of a popular tourist destination that attracts visitors from around the world.

The cabin still exists today

But it’s easy to overlook it. Although kitschy souvenir stores dominate the area, people still travel there to visit Santa Claus and his post office and have their picture taken at the Arctic Circle.

The latter resembles a cozy living room that hasn’t been cleaned in a long time. One letter on top of another, the letters are stacked. They are of international origin.

From the United States, Spain, and France. From Indonesia, Kazakhstan, and China. Even from Ethiopia, Togo, and Jamaica. One of them reads, “To Santa Claus, Polar Circle.” Almost always written in a child’s round handwriting, “To Santa Claus” or a simple “Santa Claus Lapland.”

Every letter is delivered

Even letters without a postmark reach their destination.

Cristina Sandoval, a Spaniard who helps Santa with the correspondence, reassures them. She says that post offices around the world divert the letters to Rivaniemi, where Santa sometimes receives up to 32,000 letters in a single day.

According to Sandoval, who, like the other elves who assist Santa Claus, wears a red hat, red jacket, and white scarf, that’s more than half a million every year.

Numerous people gather in front of Santa’s office, opposite the post office, to see him in person. Another elf leads the way as the large wooden door opens. The first thing you see are the tools Santa Claus uses to fly to the most inaccessible places on the planet.

The “Earth speed controller,” a large machine with a lever, is another thing you pass. The elf explains:

“With this, Santa Claus can make time slow down so he can deliver presents around the world on schedule in a few days.”

The long-awaited moment is just around the corner

As soon as the office door opens, Santa Claus is seen sitting in a wooden chair. As people take photos, he asks visitors to sit next to him and answers their questions in English, French, or German.

The old man assures the skeptical few that he is the real Santa Claus and claims to have more reindeer than stars in the sky. And his age? He admits, “I’m so old I don’t even remember.” I once tried to count how many Christmases I could remember, but after 365 I fell asleep.”

The little boy has slowly managed to overcome his fear. When he and his mother approach Santa Claus, the big man says, “Would you like to sit on my lap?” The little boy nods a little hesitantly before smiling broadly.

With information from Rovaniemi, Finland – DPA

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