Every December, Santa Claus puts on his red coat and pants
and takes presents to children all over the world.
He has done it the
same way every year for a long time.
Will this change in the future?
As people begin to travel to other planets, Santa may have to make some
Some scientists went up to the North Pole to talk to Santa.
We wanted to know what Santa was going to do if people lived on other
Santa took time off of his busy job to tell us. "The Moon will
not be too hard," Santa told us. "I think that the moon cities will
keep Earth time, so I'll just add them onto my delivery plan. The reindeer
will grunt about having to wear space suits but they will get used to
"Mars will be harder. Mars takes longer to go around the Sun, so
I will have to go there about every other year. On the Mars years, we
will have to work hard. A day on Mars is a little longer, that will
Other planets are even harder." "Venus is tricky. The temperature
is high because it is closer to the sun. The air is bad and the clouds
are made of acid.
This might hurt the reindeer's noses. It travels quickly
around the Sun so that Christmas would come every 8 months. Venus also
spins the wrong way and I am worried that might make the reindeer dizzy
or sick." It was clear that Santa really knew a lot about the solar
"Now, the planet closest
to the Sun is Mercury," he went on,"and it is really hot. On a clear
day it gets up to about 500 degrees. That is not as hot as Venus but
my reindeer will not like it.
The best part about Mercury is that the
year is only 88 Earth days long. Kids will love it! Christmas will be
every 88 days!
Santa thought some more. "Jupiter will be the hardest.
If we live there, the cities will have to float around the planet. The
hard part is that a day is only about 10 hours long. That does not give
me much time to take my presents to the kids. The good news is that
I will only have to do it every 12 Earth years because that is how long
it takes Jupiter to get around the Sun." Santa stopped talking to give
some orders to the elves. Mrs. Claus gave us some cookies. "All this
rocket scientist talk must use a lot of energy," she said."Santa loves
Santa took a cookie and started talking again.
"It is too bad that
Saturn is so far away. I would really like to ride on those rings! Uranus
and Neptune have the same problem. Pretty planets but very far away."
"Now Pluto seems an interesting planet. It takes 247 Earth years to
go around the Sun. That means Christmas would come just once every 247
I would have lots of time to make the toys! Do you think kids
would vote for Christmas once every 247 years?" He took another cookie
but Mrs. Claus took it back. "Now you stop kidding the kids!" she said,"You
love that trip on Christmas Eve!" She gave the scientists some cookies
for the trip back home. We had more questions but we knew we had to
As we left, we heard Santa call, "Merry Christmas to all, and to
all a good night!"