- Title: FINLAND: SANTA CLAUS IS VERY BUSY GETTING READY FOR HIS ROUND THE WORLD VISIT
- Date: 20th December 2000
- Summary: THE ARCTIC CIRCLE, ROVANIEMI, FINLAND (DECEMBER 20, 2000) (REUTERS) LV WINTER SUN OVER THE PART FROZEN KEMI RIVER IN ROVANIEMI CHURCH SILHOUETTED AGAINST SUNSET; MONTAGE OF ARCTIC NATURE (9 SHOTS) SLV/SV/CU SANTA ENTERS HOUSE; SANTA READS BIG BOOK OF CHILDREN'S NAME (7 SHOTS) SV (English) SANTA CLAUS SAYING "I find the children this year very much as they've always been. They've been extremely good, they've been working hard in their schools and in their homes and their wishes are very much as they've always been. There's always been the boys for the cars and tractors and the more technical things and the girls for the dolls and soft toys and clothes. But of course the modern times have brought a little more electronics." SV/CU/TV/MCU SANTA IN POST OFFICE READING ALOUD LETTERS FROM CHILDREN; SANTA IN HIS OFFICE WITH VISITING CHILDREN AND THE CHILDREN TELLING HIM WHAT THEY WANT FOR CHRISTMAS (11 SHOTS) CU/SV SANTA PACKING HIS BIG BAG OF TOYS (3 SHOTS) MCU (English) SANTA CLAUS SAYING: "My Christmas wish for this year and for many years to come is that all the children of the world and I am now talking about especially the children who are suffering, that they would have the kind of life that they have the right to have and they deserve." CU/SV/SLV SANTA FINISHES PACKING HIS BIG BAG OF TOYS (3 SHOTS) SLV/SV SANTA CLIMBS INTO HIS SLEIGH AND RIDES AWAY THROUGH ARCTIC FOREST SINGING "JINGLE BELLS" (4 SHOTS)
- Embargoed: 4th January 2001 12:00
- Location: THE ARCTIC CIRCLE, ROVANIEMI, FINLAND
- Country: Finland
- Topics: Entertainment,Quirky,Light / Amusing / Unusual / Quirky
- Reuters ID: LVA1DAJYJ5GJ3EHDVOSML9VOXCGY
- Story Text: Santa Claus is very busy getting ready for his round the world visit to good children this Christmas.
Santa Claus has been keeping his big book with the names of children who have been naughty and nice this year. He has checked it again and again to be sure that no good little boy or girl misses the chance to receive their Christmas wishes. Santa always gives the "benefit of the doubt" to children who are on the borderline of being bad. His magic elves are everywhere keeping an eye on all children. He believes kids are good by nature. He has also found they deserve the traditional presents they ask for.
Santa's main post office in Finland receives hundreds of thousand of letters from children every year. The mail comes in from all over the world. Some letters are simple Christmas greetings, while others are heartfelt messages. Santa has to read all the mail to know exactly what toys have to be delivered to certain homes. While he enjoys reading all his mail, Santa's great pleasure is meeting children personally.
Santa Claus seems to know every child. He takes care to be sure he can fill as many Christmas stockings as possible, and knows just what each child wants. Once his bag is packed, he begins the long trip that will take him around the world in one magical night.
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