HOW DOES SANTA FIT THROUGH THE CHIMNEY? 3 Possible Explanations for This Phenomenon
The famous beginning of Clement Clarke Moore’s poem resonates with us every Christmas as our minds drift to a tale of St. Nicholas bestowing gifts on the good children of the world. It’s a story we all know, but even with its history, “A Visit from St. Nicholas” fails to answer one very important question. We know why Santa comes down the chimney: to deliver gifts. We know when he comes down the chimney: half past three — according to the song “Merry Christmas Baby.” But how does he come down the chimney? We may never know the actual answer, but here are three of the most widely accepted explanations. Magic, Duh The most commonly accepted explanation of Santa fitting through your chimney is morphing with magic, as famously depicted by Tim Allen’s character in “The Santa Clause,” but the way his body rearranges itself while going down can’t hold all the bones and organs. Most scholars agree that while the comedic method is great for the box office, the reality of such contortion is highly unlikely. Another argument for magic is that Santa actually does a bit of a disappearing act where he transports
himself, much like teleportation. A quick snap of the fingers, and Jolly St. Nick is ready to bring joy to millions of lives. Naysayers argue that if he can teleport, then why use the reindeer? This rationale is why some believe that Santa’s magic has certain limitations, and he can only use so much before it runs out. He’s Actually Tiny Another theory is implied in Moore’s poem. “But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,” reads the line, stating that it’s size that gets Santa through small places, not magic. It would explain why Santa doesn’t use the door, but it still leaves questions unanswered. If he’s small, then the gifts must be small as well. How do they get bigger? How does Santa eat the cookies and drink the milk if he’s so tiny? A popular idea is that Santa uses a combination of size and magic. He shrinks himself down so small that he can remain hidden and also get his bag of goodies down the chimney. Once he’s “‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house / Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse”
inside, he returns to a normal size, places the gifts, and eats the cookies. He Doesn’t After years of arguing, a new sect believes that St. Nick comes through the window or the front door. The theory gained traction back in the 60’s, but a rise in modern alarm technology and external video cameras has many experts wondering how his movements go unnoticed. The theory hasn’t been entirely ruled out, but it would seem that entering a home through the windows or front door is improbable. People can argue the “how” all they want, but for us, we’re just thankful he does exist and brings joy to the world. Also, if Santa comes into your home and damages the HVAC or furnace upon entry, we can help.
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