What does Santa do on Christmas morning? Junior infants reveal the magic of Christmas

Why does Santa live at the North Pole? How does he get around the world in a single night? And what does he do on Christmas morning? These and many other Christmas mysteries are solved by the Junior Infants of Gaelscoil Charraig Uí Leighin in Carrigaline, Co Cork. By Ailin Quinlan

What does Santa do on Christmas morning? Junior infants reveal the magic of Christmas

Why does Santa live at the North Pole? How does he get around the world in a single night? And what does he do on Christmas morning? These and many other Christmas mysteries are solved by the Junior Infants of Gaelscoil Charraig Uí Leighin in Carrigaline, Co Cork.

Why does Santa live in the North Pole?

Because if he lived in Carrigaline everyone might see him making the presents, and he likes the surprise. Ruby Ni Riain (5)

Cos all the presents are there! Bobby Standún (5).

Because his elves all work there and he has to make sure they’re doing everything right. He’d be upset if they did something wrong so he makes sure they do a good job! Rory Ó Cinnéide (five and three quarters).

Because the elves live there and they make the presents so Santa has to live with them. Emily Ní Sheasraín (5).

Because Santa doesn’t want any children to see him making the presents! Lucy Ni Chainte (5).

Nobody can see him in the North Pole, so then it’s a surprise. Carla Ni Mhurchu (5).

Santa doesn’t like people coming to the house because the elves are making presents and the presents are all secret. Harry O’Drisceoil (4).

Harry, Tommy, Lucy, Sadie and Roisin, Junior Infants at Gaelscoil Charrig Ui Leighin, Co Cork. Pictures : Jim Coughlan
Harry, Tommy, Lucy, Sadie and Roisin, Junior Infants at Gaelscoil Charrig Ui Leighin, Co Cork. Pictures : Jim Coughlan

How does Santa manage to fit all those presents into the sleigh and deliver them to every single good child in the world on Christmas Eve?

He has a big bag and he puts the presents in, goes on the sleigh and gets down the chimney. Rián Ó Fuaráin (5).

He puts them all into one big fluffy bag and they fit them into the sleigh because he stuffs them in, but nothing ever gets broken.Lucy Ni Chainte (5).

He has a special ball that goes very bright when he gets near the right country — that’s how he knows where he is! -Rory Ó Cinnéide (five and three quarters)

There’s a Santa in every country, so there are really loads of Santas around the world, and they all give out presents on the same night but it’s really different nights because the times are all different in the different countries. All the Santas put the presents into small bags and fit them into the back of the sleigh, and Santa steers the sleigh with a special handle. He has one hand on the rope. The reindeer are tied to the rope and he uses a special handle to steer them. Ethan O’Briain (5).

He goes in a very fast sleigh but first he packs them all into a special bag. Conchúr Luttrell (4).

How fast does Santa’s sleigh go?

It goes 205 miles an hour so he can get to peoples’ houses fast! - Annabelle Ehbel (5).

His sleigh goes like a lion, about 289 miles an hour. I’d like a go on a sleigh like that. Harry O’Drisceoil (4).

Oh, it goes so fast, very fast, fast as a rocket. It goes faster than my Dad’s car anyway. Tommy O’Donnabháin (5).

Very fast! Chloe Ní Shuilleabhaín (4).

As fast as the bus. Leila Akbulut (4).

21 miles an hour. JJack MacRaghnaill (5)

As fast as a cheetah. Sadie Ni Mhangáin (5).

As fast as my mum’s car. Chloe Antaine (5).

As fast as a flash! Rory Ó Cinnéide (five and three quarters).

What do you hope Santa will bring you for Christmas?

I’d like a Barbie Rescue Centre with animals. I like animals. My favourites are foxes, squirrels and rhinos. There will be bunnies and squirrels and foxes in the Rescue Centre. Ruby Ni Riain (5).

A bike and an LOL doll. I’d like an orange bike. Ava Barriscale (5).

A red and blue robot. Bobby Standún (5).

A table train-track to share with my brother, Aidan. He’s three and he likes trains too. The other thing I want for Christmas is a Batman car. I’d like the Joker man (figurine) as well and I’d like a station for the Batmobile and the Jokermobile. Conchúr Luttrell (4).

I’m getting 270 runners. I like them a lot. Everyone has them and I’m a bit jealous so I’m getting them from Santa. He’s also getting me an iPod. Rory Ó Cinnéide (five and three quarters).

I’d like a makeup set. I want to put makeup on my friends. We like doing that, and we dress up. It’s good fun! Zara Ni Aodha (5).

I’d like a sleigh and a bike and more jigsaws. I like jigsaws. I have loads of racing car jigsaws. I’d like more! Ella Nic Gearailt (4).

I hope he will bring me Hot Wheels and a Lego set because I like building houses with Lego. Tommy O Donnabháin (5).

I’d like a scooter, I’m not allowed to go out on the street because it’s too dangerous but I’d go around the garden on it. Sadie Ni Mhangáin (5).

I’d like a Mario Racetrack to race Mario cars. I’d like a Lego table too to make Lego on it. I’d like to make Lego animals. Harry O’Drisceoil (4).

I’d like Hotwheels and Paw Patrol Mighty Pups and Lego. Daire Ó Fathaigh (5).

I want all the Lego space stuff because I’m going to make a Lego Space town and a Lego Space city with a rocket station. You put a rollercoaster in it and it makes a big station with trucks and space vehicles. Ethan O Briain (5).

Evan, Zara, Chloe, Anabelle and Daire who are Junior Infants at Gaelscoil Charrig Ui Leighin, Co Cork.
Evan, Zara, Chloe, Anabelle and Daire who are Junior Infants at Gaelscoil Charrig Ui Leighin, Co Cork.

How does Santa always seem to know who’s naughty and nice?

He has a magic ball and he can see in the crystal ball if you’re being naughty or nice. He can spy on you. I will be nice, and I’ll get my Barbie Rescue Centre! Ruby Ni Riain (5).

He has magic eyes and he can see if you’re being bold. Zara Ni Aodha (5).

Mrs Claus tells him! She has a stethoscope and she can see out the window with it and see what everyone is doing. - Leila Akbulut (4).

He puts you on a good list or a bad list. It depends on what the robins tell him. Sadhbh Ní Dhrách (5).

Because of the elves. They all look around and see if the kids are bad or good. They fly into your house; they come in and look around and see if you are being good or bad. Tommy O’ Donnabháin (5).

Did you ever meet Santa or catch him putting out your presents?

I saw Santa putting out the presents! He was in the sitting-room, and he was eating the cookies — they were gingerbread cookies — that my family left out for him. He liked them and then he drank chocolate milk. His reindeer were eating the carrots. They came into the sitting-room as well. Ciara Ní Shochartaigh (5).

I never saw him yet but I’m going to see him! I’m going up to the North Pole to see Santa! I’ll fly there in an airplane with my Mum and Dad and my sister Leah and my other sister Tara. I’m the biggest, they’re younger than me. Ava Barriscale (5).

I saw Santa at Fota once. I forget what he said but he gave me a present. It was a Yum Yum lunchbox with cards in it. Emily Ní Sheasraín (5).

I’m going to see him in Fota! I’ll say ‘Hello Santa’ and then I’ll tell him that I’m hoping for a big giant kitchen. I’ll make pretend food in it. Leila Akbulut (4).

I never saw him. I don’t get out of bed because I’d be afraid I’d get a bag of coal. I stay in bed and I never come out til the morning. Rory Ó Cinnéide (five and three quarters).

I caught him in a trap once and he said ‘Let me out! I have to deliver all the toys.’ But I said no. I didn’t let him out but the elves broke the trap and let him out! Evan O’Suilleabháin (5).

What will Santa and his reindeer get to eat at your house this Christmas Eve?

There’s a mince pie for Santa, as well as a cherry pie and milk and some chocolate chip cookies. What you have to do for the reindeer is fill up a glass with water and put grass into it and give it to the reindeer and they drink it. But first you have to make sure that you get frosty grass to put in the water. Ethan O’Briain (5).

We put carrots for the reindeer and cookies and milk for Santa on the mantelpiece in the sitting room. Bobby Standún (5).

We put out chocolate cookies and milk, and carrots for the reindeer. They always eat them all up, and Santa leaves crumbs on the plate. Emily Ní Sheasraín (5).

Santa gets mince pieces and we give candy canes to the reindeer because the reindeer like candy canes — they love them. I saw them eating them in a movie on Netflix and they just loved them so I always make sure we put them out. Rory Ó Cinnéide (five and three quarters).

I always make Smartie cookies for Santa. I give carrots to the reindeer. I woke up and the milk was all drunk and the carrots were gone and the presents were already there. Daire Ó Fathaigh (5).

How come Mammies and Daddies never get to see Santa Claus putting out presents?

My mammy and daddy never saw Santa because they were asleep when he came. Conchur Luttrell (4).

Because they’re always asleep. Emily Ní Sheasraín (5).

What do you think Mrs Claus does when she’s home alone on Christmas Eve whileSanta is busy flying aroundthe world on his sleigh?

She probably makes an apple pie for Santa and does the chores. The elves were doing a lot of work too, making all the presents, so she makes their dinner. Ruby Ni Riain (5).

She lies down and has a rest, because she’s very tired. Then she makes a fresh pie for when Santa comes home. Leila Akbulut (4).

She plays games with the elves, like matching things. Róisín Ní Bhriain (5).

How can the reindeer fly?

It’s done with Christmas magic. Santa magics them so he can go off and deliver presents to the boys and girls. - Ava Barriscale (5).

There’s a special star that glows up and that makes the reindeer fly, and they have a thing around their waist with magic bells on it and they can fly with the magic bells. Harry O’Drisceoil (4)

Santa puts magic on them. He keeps it in a box and takes it out at Christmas. Carla Ni Mhurchu (5) There’s this special star they put on the sleigh and that makes the reindeer fly. Tommy O Donnabháin (5).

How do Santa and Mrs Claus spend Christmas Day?

Santa eats the fresh pie Mrs Claus made him, and then, maybe, he just falls asleep. They eat lots and lots of food. Leila Akbulut (4).

They wrap their own presents. Santa gives Mrs Claus a pie and she gives him carrots for the reindeer. Ella Nic Gearailt (4).

They do some colouring and they have a nice dinner and they play games with the elves. They play Mario Kart on the Nintendo Wii. Lucy Ni Chainte (5).

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