Facts (and Not Quite Facts) About Santa's North Pole Home
The North Pole is defined as the point in the northern hemisphere where the Earth's axis of rotation meets the Earth's surface. Santa's North Pole is defined as the place where Santa Claus lives and where his toy factory run by elves is located.
In the winter, temperatures at the North Pole can range from about -45 to -15 degrees Fahrenheit (-43 to -26 degrees Celsius). In the summer, the temperature averages a "balmy" 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius). Now you know why Santa is ALWAYS wearing that heavy, fur-lined suit.
There is no time zone at the North Pole. That's why Santa Claus can travel around the entire world in a single night, untethered by the normal constraints of time.
The sun rises only once and sets once every YEAR at the North Pole. See? No time restraints. But that does make for one VERY long day and one VERY long night.
Unlike the South Pole, the North Pole has no permanent buildings because it lies in the middle of the Arctic Ocean surrounded by water that is almost permanently covered with sea ice that is always shifting. This applies only to visible buildings. Like the bell in The Polar Express that could only be heard by those who believe, Santa's Village is only visible to those with the wonder of a child.
Animals that have been observed around the North Pole include the ringed seal and Arctic foxes, as well as birds such as the Snow Bunting, Black-legged Kittiwake and Northern Fulmar. Animals that have not been observed include Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. And Rudolph, too, of course. Like Santa's Village, they can only be seen by those who believe.
No country owns the North Pole or the regions of the Arctic Ocean around it. Therefore, Santa is not subject to the laws of any country and doesn't have to pay income tax.
At the North Pole, all directions point south. Only one direction?! Men would love it here. They'd never have to worry about getting lost and asking for help with directions. Mrs. Claus must love it.
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