Christmas At Risk: Santa Claus Blames A Lack Of Qualified Labour

In a huge scoop for the Sound of Summer blog reporter Alan Ewart was last night flown to the North Pole to interview Santa Claus.  Alan was flown to Santa’s secret North Pole base by Reindeer Express.  In a first for the Blog Santa told our reporter that he was deeply concerned for the future of Christmas.

Santa said

“There are a number of things causing me concern this Christmas but my biggest worry is the difficulty in attracting suitably qualified elves to make the toys.  Elves seem to be unhappy that I can only offer seasonal work”.

Santa went on to say

“Some of my reindeer are getting old and are close to retirement.  Flying reindeer are not easy to find and it seems that some young reindeer simply don’t want to undertake the hard physical labour that pulling a flying sleigh full of toys for all the worlds children requires.”

Santa Claus said that he had seen in The Guardian that traditional toys like dolls of characters from the hit movie ‘Frozen‘ were likely to be in very high demand.  Santa did say that he was concerned that many children were asking for technology based presents like Apple’s  iPhone or iPad that were being produced cheaply in Chinese factories.  Santa said that he could not compete with these vast factories that seemed to have a never ending supply of cheap labour.

Santa did say that the decisions taken in some countries to cancel their Christmas celebrations to help to control the spread of disease would mean that there would be a reduction in demand for some toys.  Santa went on to say that he understood the necessity for these measures but he felt very sorry for the children affected.

Whilst at Santa’s North Pole base our reporter also managed to grab a few minutes with Mrs Claus, Santa’s wife.  When asked how Santa managed to keep the reindeer flying so fast for so long Mrs Claus said

“Throughout the year we feed our reindeer on a special diet of whole grain foods.  This keeps them in tip-top condition.  At the beginning of December their food is supplemented by a specially developed magical ingredient, this gives them a huge amount of energy, enough to help them to ensure that all deliveries are made on time.”

Santa finished the interview by saying that he believed that he would be able to deliver a normal Christmas service this year but to ensure that he could meet future demand he needed to recruit suitably skilled elves and more reindeer.  Santa said, I can offer great working conditions, good rates of pay and an excellent holiday package.  If you are an elf interested in working for Santa you can apply by sending you CV to or by sending a copy addressed to Santa Claus, Santa’s Grotto, Reindeerland, XM4 5HQ

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About The Sound of Summer

Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper. I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music. I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970's Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up. I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music but I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene. I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season.

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