Ever since the beginning of time, children all around the world have been asking the same question. Everyone always wants to know how old Santa is. How old do you think he is? One hundred, one thousand, or maybe even a billion years old? I’m sure you’re eager to find out exactly how old Santa really is.
How Old Does Santa Say He Is?
Santa is a tricky old fellow who likes to keep his age under wraps. If you ask him how old he is he’ll get a twinkle in his eyes and give a hearty laugh while he comes up with a million riddles designed to keep you guessing.
Sometimes, he’ll say that he’s older than his hair, but younger than his toenails. Other times he’ll answer that he’s slightly older than Mrs. Claus, but younger than the stars. Once in a while he’ll say that he’s older than the Easter Bunny, but younger than the Tooth Fairy. You might even hear him reply that he’s older than your mommy or daddy, but younger than the dinosaurs.
All of these wonderful riddles that keep you guessing, also make it much harder to figure out how old he really is. Santa’s not only jolly, he’s also very wise and he knows how to keep a secret – one of the biggest secrets in the history of the world.
How Old Is Santa Claus Really?
Can you keep a secret? According to Santa’s Reindeer Drivers License, he was born in a small Greek village in Turkey in 270 A.D. That makes him 1748 years old. Try to count that on your fingers and toes.
We don’t know exactly what month he was born in because the month and date on his license have worn out over the centuries, but some people think he was born in March. The only thing we know for sure is that he’s almost two thousand years old.
Why Doesn’t Santa Reveal His Real Age?
There are many reasons why Santa doesn’t tell anyone exactly how old he is. One reason is that Mrs. Claus doesn’t like it when he talks about his age. If people know how old he is, they’ll quickly figure out how old she is, and like any other woman, she tries to keep her age a secret.
Santa also keeps his age under wraps because someday people might be able to travel through time. If he revealed the exact date and time of his birth, when time travel becomes a reality, thousands of people from the future would be able to go back in time to witness his birth and childhood. If even one of those people did something to change the course of history, the magic of Santa Claus would be lost forever, and of course Santa never wants that to happen.
However, the main reason Santa doesn’t reveal his real age is because he honestly can’t remember. He stopped counting a long time ago. Sometimes late at night he sits by the fire in his favorite chair and tries to count all of the Christmas’s he can remember, but he always falls asleep before he gets to 475.
Why Does Santa Always Look The Same Age?
Santa looks pretty young, when you consider that he’s over one thousand years old. You could almost say that he hasn’t aged a bit since he was in his early seventies. There are several reasons why the jolly old soul never seems to get any older.
In 343 A. D. when Santa was seventy-three years old, Mrs. Claus discovered a magical secret ingredient that she started putting in his favorite cookies and milkshakes and, neither one of them have aged at all since. The only thing that’s changed since then is his clothes, and thank goodness he changes those once in a while.
Some people think one of the reasons he never seems to age is because he flies at high altitudes for over twenty-four hours every year. The air pressure along with gravity, give him his youthful glow and rosy cheeks.
There are even some scientists who believe that it’s his jiggling belly that keeps him young. According to them, his fat, brought on by Mrs. Claus’s secret recipe, gives him strength and helps keep him from getting wrinkles.
Some reporters have suggested that it’s the magical world of the North Pole that keeps Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves from aging. The magic there defies all of the laws of science and nature. You see, in the North Pole, time doesn’t exist. That’s how Santa manages to fly all over the world in one night every Christmas Eve.
Why Does Santa Think He Looks So Young?
If you asked Santa why he looks so young for his age, he’d give you a couple of reasons that he thinks are the reasons why, but deep down he knows it’s really the special cookies and milkshakes that Mrs. Claus makes for him.
Santa also believes that his appearance could have something to do with one of his oldest friends. You see, Santa, also known as Father Christmas, is best friends with Father Time. He thinks Father Time might have cast a spell on him that has kept him looking like his seventy-three year old self ever since.
Santa says he’s very young and very old all at the same time. He chalks that up to three things:
1. He’s always working hard and constantly thinking while he oversees the elves as they build the toys for him to deliver on Christmas Eve. Making presents and delivering them gives him lots of exercise, and he thinks that helps keep him young.
2. He stays young at heart, and that keeps him from aging. They say you’re only as old as you feel, and when Santa reads your letters, he says it makes him feel as young as a small child. He believes your letters help him stay young and strong so he can make his trip every year delivering toys to all of the good little girls and boys.
3. He’s always jolly and never loses the Christmas spirit. The elves have told him that they think spreading cheer and staying jolly have kept him from looking any older. You know how excited you get at Christmas time? Just think for a second about how excited Santa gets every day of the year while he’s thinking about you, making your toys, and getting ready to deliver them. Santa has so much Christmas Spirit, that he’s almost overflowing with it all year long. That childlike excitement keeps him young and prevents him from aging. They say that Christmas is all about giving and sharing, and Santa’s generosity keeps him bursting at the seams with Christmas Spirit, which in turn keeps him from looking any older.
Santa might be the oldest living man on the face of the earth, but he’s also the most generous and cheerful, which is probably the main reason why he doesn’t look like he’s almost two centuries old.
So, if anyone ever asks you how old Santa is, you can tell them that he’s almost two thousand years old, even though he only looks like he’s seventy-three. But please don’t tell Santa that I told you exactly how old he really is because I’m trying really hard to stay off of his naughty list this year.