Get to know the town: Santa and Mrs. Claus

MILFORD — Every year, Santa and Mrs. Claus see hundreds of children inside the Santa House located in downtown Milford with the help of Downtown Milford, Inc.’s promotion committee.

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived to their Milford-based Santa House this year Saturday, Nov. 26 during Small Business Saturday.

Since then, they have visited with children every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Their last day in residence will be Friday, Dec. 23 from 5-8 p.m. when they plan on returning home to prepare for Christmas Eve.

The travelers offered a quick look into their lives for this week’s Get to know the town thanks to questions  given to The Journal from local children.

Santa Claus celebrates his arrival to his Milford home earlier this season. The Chronicle/Jennifer Antonik

How big is Santa Claus’ workshop?

Santa Claus: “Very, very big. And it’s wider than it is high.”

Do you have angels in your house?

Mrs. Claus: “No, I don’t think so. The angels are in Heaven. We just have elves and reindeer.”

How many elves do you have?

Santa Claus: “Oh my goodness…”

Mrs. Claus: “722 at the last count. I keep tabs of that.”

What do reindeer do when they aren’t pulling the sleigh?

Santa Claus: “The same thing that other reindeer do. They play with each other, they go and visit relatives, they practice…. But they can’t fly. They can only fly one night out of the year on Christmas Eve.”

What happens if Santa is sick on Christmas?

Santa Claus: “That has never happened! Santa Claus is never sick on Christmas.”

What has been the most interesting visit with a child?

Santa Claus: “I think the most interesting visits are when children describe doing their Christmas decorations and preparing for when Santa Claus comes.”

Do you visit with every kid in Milford?

Santa Claus: “Of course I do on Christmas Eve.”

How do you like Milford? Do you visit other places?

Santa Claus: “I love Milford. Milford is wonderful because of the people in Milford. Milford’s a wonderful town. But there’s other good towns.”

Mrs. Claus: “Milford gave us the best house.”

Can you really gift a hippopotamus?

Santa Claus: “No, I cannot put live animals in my sled. Mainly because they’re hard to control.”

What happens to your house when you’re not here?

Santa Claus: “It waits for us to come back.”

What do you want for Christmas?

Santa Claus: (With a twinkle and a tear in his eye) “To be here. I do really like doing this to please children. I know a lot of them go home and it’s not a lot of fun at their house sometimes. But for that two or five minutes that they’re in here… it’s just so much fun. They forget, we forget…. And it’s Christmas. I like what I do.”

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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