At Wrightstyle, we send our advanced glazing systems worldwide.
We also have a reputation for being able to deliver within tight deadlines. It’s the reason why we recently won projects in Australia and Kenya.
With seamless partnership between our design team and fabrication facility, we believe that most projects can be turned around quickly.
But there’s one person who handles fast turnaround better than us. Santa Claus.
There are just over 526,000,000 Christian children under the age of 14 in the world who celebrate Christmas.
That means that Santa has to deliver presents to almost 22 million children every hour on Christmas Eve. That’s about 365,000 children every minute.
Therefore, Santa travels at approximately 3,000 times the speed of sound! (You can track his progress via NORAD).
And it’s not just Christmas Eve. On January 5th he has to visit parts of Russia, Georgia and the Ukraine before Eastern Orthodox celebrations on Twelfth Night.
With an average gift size of 2 lbs, his sleigh has to carry about 2.1 million tons of presents.
If he didn’t have magic reindeer, one estimate is that he would need approximately 400,000 trucks or 5,000 Boeing 757-200 aeroplanes.
Incidentally, on land, ordinary reindeer can pull no more than 300 pounds, so the eight flying reindeer do the job of about 1,633,333 of the “non flying” variety.
It’s an exercise that starts with collecting gift requests, usually by letter. Of course, children now can write to Santa direct via the Post Office.
Naughty or nice
He also has to make sure that every child’s record is accurate, and whether they’ve been either naughty or nice. That in itself is a massive document handling exercise.
Santa’s list of “naughty” and “nice” children has its roots in Belgium and the Netherlands where their version of Santa Claus, Sinterklaas, kept a similar list.
Assuming each household leaves out two chocolate biscuits for Santa, he would eat 374 billion calories, 33,000 tons of sugar, and 151,000 tons of fat. If Santa could run an eight-minute mile, he would have to run for109,000 years to burn off those calories.
And it’s not just Christmas Eve when hard work is required. His elves have to work right up to deadline to make sure that every present is manufactured and packaged ready for delivery. That requires (like us) supreme design and fabrication expertise.
(Incidentally, his decision to base his manufacturing facility at the North Pole was a sensible one as the region is exempt from government taxes and regulations).
Santa actually is St Nicholas, a Christian saint born around 280 A.D. in modern day Turkey. He’s therefore had a lot of time to develop his systems and processes.
Santa Claus is actually an English pronunciation of the Dutch word “Sinterklaas,” which translates back into English as Saint Nicholas.
Our modern depiction of Santa is the work of the Coca-Cola Company, and their advertisements from the 1930s by the illustrator Haddon Sundblum.
All of which is entirely irrelevant and simply our way at Wrightstyle to wish you a very happy Christmas!
Photo: Santa does work for us…also known as Kevan Corcoran – Accounts Manager.