By Madelle Morgan
You likely believed in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny until at least age eight. Mom and Dad couldn’t afford that loot, so it had to be brought by magical visitors, right? Today kids are soooo smart. Preschoolers pull on Santa’s beard at the mall to check if he’s real, ask bright questions, and generally behave like miniature judges. “Prove you’re Santa,” they demand.
How fast does Santa fly? Rod Powers provides the scientific answer in his article. He quotes Santa: “As Albert Einstein proved in 1915, the faster one travels, the slower one experiences time. On my annual trip, what seems like 24 hours to you seems like weeks to me.” Santa apparently travels faster than starlight, with a climbing speed of 1 T (one twinkle). Rod tells us that Santa said, “My sleigh employs a 9 RP (Reindeer Power) power plant that is faster than any fighter aircraft in any military arsenal.”
U.S. and Canadian military organizations collaboratively track Santa and his reindeer on December 24. Santa Claus files a flight plan with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), which monitors the sleigh flight via satellite. NORAD issued a press release with contact information so children can telephone, email or check a website to determine how close Santa is to his or her home on Christmas Eve. If the kids fret about leaving their residence in case they miss Santa, you can download an app to track Santa’s whereabouts on your smartphone.
Mothers, aunts, grandmothers: seeing is believing. Following Santa and his reindeers’ journey on the big night should convince the most suspicious little angel to believe in Santa for at least one more year. If the child “slays” you with more tricky questions, check out the FAQs on www.noradsanta.org>.
But how do you react when the truth eventually comes out, you ask? Well, that’ll teach ‘em to believe everything they see on the internet!
What do you tell children when they ask if Santa is real? A print copy of my debut novel Diamond Lust will be mailed to a randomly-selected commenter.
Happy holidays to all, and to all a good night!
About the Author: Madelle Morgan lived relatively close to the North Pole in Yellowknife, Canada, now known as the Diamond Capital of North America, at the beginning of her civil engineering career. After completing three novels “for practice”, she sold the fourth to Ellora’s Cave. Her romantic suspense Diamond Lust is about a beautiful geologist whose life is threatened by smugglers at a remote diamond mine. The e-book is now $1.49 or less at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Ellora’s Cave. Read Chapter 1 and a free short story The Next Big Thing. Madelle blogs at www.madellemorgan.com, has Pinterest boards for her works in progress, and is an author at Goodreads.