Recently, I was sitting and chatting with some of my friends discussing all the ways were going to celebrate the holidays this year. Eventually, the topic of gifts came up, and with it, so did old Kris Kringle and his magical bag of toys. We ended up agreeing that it was much easier to believe in Santa Claus when we were young than it is now. We’ve grown up and none of us expect any reindeers’ hoof beats to wake us up on Christmas Eve anymore.
I’ll go over a few of his key points. Santa’s reindeer can most certainly fly; they have been genetically engineered with that ability. They also have extraordinary balance and super night vision. Also, they don’t have to tote around toys enough for all the children of the world, Santa uses nanotechnology to make all the toys on site, right under the Christmas tree! And, finally, my favorite, the explanation for Santa’s ability to get to every house all in one night-relativity clouds. He has the knowledge and the skills and he has found a way to create controllable rips in time, allowing him months to deliver packages in what seems, to us, like a blink of an eye.
You have to accept that Santa is slightly more advanced in the the technological field then we are. All of these possibilities have been discussed before in science fiction, and some of them such as nanotechnology are in current use.
Now, take your new-found scientific Santa ammo and use it on someone who stopped believing in Santa Claus a long time ago, but, be nice – because Santa is listening on his sophisticated, technologically advanced antennae.
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