Job of Santa

The most wonderful time of the year is nearly here, and the Treetopia team is bursting with excitement! Right about now, Santa’s probably checking his list (twice in fact) to see who’s been naughty or nice this year. He’s gearing up for the huge job of delivering presents across the world.

But, how does Santa do this and what does his workday look like? We figure inquiring minds want to know, so we traveled to the North Pole to interview Santa’s elves to find out!

Santa’s Work Day

Santa stats table

On the most magical day of the year, Santa has to visit a whopping 1.5 billion homes throughout the world and deliver 7.7 billion presents to all the good boys and girls. Dropping off gifts is tiring work so make sure to leave him a tall glass of milk and some cookies before he has to climb back up your sooty chimney.

Santa’s Calories

How much does Santa eat on Christmas Eve? He eats 3.1 billion cookies, drinks 1.5 billion glasses of milk, and gains a jaw-dropping, sleigh-stopping 520 billion calories in one night! This is if each household leaves him a glass of milk and two cookies. Let’s hope that Mrs. Claus gets Santa a gym membership for Christmas.

Santa’s calories by country table

China, India, and America leave Santa the most milk and cookies. We aren’t sure where he’s putting it all, to be honest. Maybe Santa works out during his off-season. Let’s see how much exercise he needs to lose all those calories.

Burning those Festive Calories

Santa’s exercise needed graphic

It will take Santa over 47,000 years to get back in shape. He needs to lace up his sneakers and go for a run to burn all those calories. It’s probably a bit too slippery in the North Pole for running though! If he has snow tires on his bicycle, Santa could cycle for just under 60,000 years and be ready for round two of cookies and milk!

If Santa chooses to work out indoors to stay warm, it will take him more than 119,000 years to burn off those Christmas Eve calories by stair climbing. It’s a good thing that Santa’s magical!

Taking Care of the Reindeer

Cost of feeding Santa’s reindeer graphic

We can’t forget Santa’s reindeer! They’re so important. Without them pulling Santa’s sleigh, presents won’t get delivered in time for Christmas!

Looking after Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen isn’t cheap though! In fact, it costs $70,785 a year to feed all eight reindeer the 6,437 pounds of moss they need! The cost goes when you add Rudolph into the mix.

Santa’s Speed

Speed of Santa’s delivery graphic

With 195 countries in need of presents, Santa definitely has his work cut out for him. He needs to travel at mind-blowing speeds just to visit each country to deliver gifts before Christmas Day.

Santa needs to travel at 93,000 miles a second to reach every house in the world. This is half the speed of light! At this speed, Santa can travel 6,880,123 miles and deliver presents to each home in two hours and three minutes!

If Santa weren’t magical then delivering presents would be a lot more difficult! If he were to swap his sleigh for a Boeing C-17 Globemaster aircraft, it would take over 90,000 trips just to deliver every gift. This considering that it’s one of the fastest and largest cargo planes available with a top speed of 518 mph!

Luckily, Santa is magical! With the help of his trusty sleigh and reindeer, he can get presents under your Christmas tree before everyone wakes up.

And, since we’re on the topic of Santa, check out our post on how much it costs to have photos with him in every state. This one is for you, your kids, and your fur babies, too.

Wishing you a festive and joyous Christmas from all of us at Treetopia!

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