Interview with the Real Whiteville Santa
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the Real Whiteville Santa has returned to the Little Santa House just in time for Christmas. Columbus County News had the privilege of interviewing jolly ole St. Nick just as he flew into town.
The questions were tough, but he’s a professional, and kids have nothing to worry about with him at the reins.
As his sleigh landed, Santa jumped down and gave all his reindeer a pat on the head before he came into the office.
“Who is your favorite reindeer?” we asked.
“I don’t have a favorite,” Claus said. “They have their own personalities and their own story.”
Santa was quick to give us some reindeer education starting with Donner.
Donner’s real name is Donder, and Santa said his real name means thunder in German. When Blitzen joined the team, it only made sense for him to be Donner’s partner because Blitzen means lightning in the same language.
We didn’t see Rudolph leading the sleigh, so we pondered about his whereabouts.
“I had to leave him in the swamp,” said Claus.
Rudolph is still a vital part of the team and is a big help on those dark and foggy nights, but here in Columbus County, his big red nose causes some alarm.
That bright beacon may cause Whiteville Fire Department and other departments to think there’s a fire, so Santa drops him and the team off in the swamp, and WFD Chief David Yergeau comes to pick him up in the fire truck. This is the reason why Santa’s main mode of transportation is Engine 1 when he’s in town.
Claus sat down, and we offered him some lunch. He isn’t picky at all when it comes to good eats in Whiteville.
He doesn’t get much time in town because he has to rush back to help Mrs. Claus feed the elves who are working so hard to make toys, but he loves all the food local restaurants have to offer.
He also doesn’t have a favorite cookie.
“I love big ole good ones and good ole big ones,” said Santa.
He says it doesn’t matter if they are chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin. He loves to wash them down with a nice cold glass of milk.
He needs all the cookies he can get because Christmas Eve is fast approaching. He has so many toys to drop off, and one has to wonder how he gets it all done.
“My reindeer fly me wherever I need to go. I also use a lot of Santa magic,” he said.
The different time zones around the world help him out. Much of Alaska stays dark 24 hours a day this time of year, and that’s a big help when you're in the toy delivery business.
He delivers to all the kids on his nice list, and he offered this advice on how to stay on his good side.
“Follow the ten commandments. Especially honor thy father and thy mother,” said Santa. He also advises children to listen to other grownups too. “Do what you are told, and you will stay on the nice list,” he said as he ducked out of the office door to return to his team.
Santa invites everyone to come out to see him at the Little Santa House on Friday, Nov. 25 at 3:30 p.m. The house is located beside Farm Bureau at 113 West Smith Street in Whiteville. Be sure to bring your camera for pictures. Normal hours will be Wednesday-Saturday from 3:30 p.m.- 7 p.m. starting on Nov. 30.