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Why Does Santa Go Down The Chimney?

Why Does Santa Go Down The Chimney?

Curious children often wonder why Santa travels down the chimney when he delivers presents. Why doesn’t he just knock on the front door? Couldn’t he use the window instead? Isn’t it tough for him to get down the chimney in the first place?

These are all interesting questions. It’s always important for people to maintain a sense of wonder about the world. Santa himself is very mysterious, but we have a few ideas about why he likes to use the chimney.

Santa Doesn’t Want to Wake Anyone Up on Christmas Eve

You know how noisy it can be when someone rings the doorbell and everyone rushes to get the door. You wouldn’t want that to happen on Christmas Eve when everyone’s trying to sleep.

Santa wants to surprise everyone, and not bother people. If he was knocking on the door in the middle of the night, it would wake up the entire house. It would ruin some of the magic of it all.

Everyone needs to get their sleep on Christmas Eve in order to truly enjoy Christmas morning. Santa understands that, and he wants to make sure that people aren’t interrupted.

Santa Wants to Stay Mysterious

One of the things that we all love about Santa Claus is that he makes us use our imaginations. If we could talk to Santa all the time, he wouldn’t be as mysterious. He wouldn’t be as special, in some ways.

Santa uses the chimney in order to stay a secret. We all know that he uses a chimney. However, we won’t see him use the chimney. If he decided to just knock on the door, he would be showing himself to all of us. The mystery would be gone.

None of us like it if a friend tells us about our surprise party. We would rather just be surprised. It’s more exciting that way.

You might be curious about your Christmas presents. However, even though it’s tempting, you probably don’t want people to just tell you what they are. You would probably like to find out about them yourself on Christmas morning. That way, you can get more excited about them beforehand. If you had someone who just spoiled everything for you, it wouldn’t be as fun.

Watching movies is less fun if you know how they are going to end. If you go online and hear people talk about movies, they will usually warn you if they are about to give away the ending. Santa is basically trying to avoid giving away the ending. That’s why he uses the chimney.

Santa Needs to Avoid Distractions

We all know that Santa has a lot of reasons for using the chimney. If he did use the front door, he would probably end up talking to people all night. Santa is a very cheerful fellow, and he wouldn’t want to be rude to anyone who was up for a nice conversation.

However, he has a lot of deliveries to make by morning. You’ve probably talked to people who just won’t let you leave. Santa would end up talking to a lot of people on Christmas Eve if he used the front door.

You know those people who stop by at your parent’s house and who just won’t stop talking? Santa could end up talking to them all night, and he wouldn’t even get around to delivering all of the presents.

Even armed with magic, Santa only has so much time. He cares about everyone, and he wants to help the people who need someone to talk to at Christmas. However, he would rather do that by giving people the things that they want and need. People sometimes need more than a quick chat, and Santa knows that.

Santa Doesn’t Want to Break Anyone’s Windows

You might wonder why Santa doesn’t use the window. That’s because windows are very fragile. Santa is very strong, and he might damage a window by accident. You wouldn’t want one of your windows damaged by Santa when it’s cold outside!

A chimney is very strong. It was built to last. People have to replace their windows a lot. They do not have to get new chimneys all the time. Santa likes to stick with what works. Using the chimney has always worked for him, and that is what he is going to do in order to help everyone else.

If you heard someone breaking a window, you might think that it was a burglar trying to get in the house. Burglars don’t come down the chimney, though. It’s not safe for normal people to go down the chimney, so they don’t.

You might be afraid if you heard Santa getting into the house through the window, because you might not know that it was Santa at first. That’s not a problem if Santa goes down the chimney.

Only Santa goes down the chimney. Everyone knows that, and that makes it easier for Santa to prevent confusion.

He tries to avoid getting heard by people by accident, but no one is perfect. By going down the chimney, Santa identifies himself without completely identifying himself. Everyone wins in that way.

Besides, he wouldn’t want to accidentally block the fire exits in your home! You might need the windows to be free if there’s a fire. Santa won’t get in the way if he uses the chimney, because he is the only person on Earth who can safely use the chimney. It’s one of his magic powers!

Santa’s Magic Makes Traveling By Chimney Easier

Because of the magic that Santa uses to travel around the world, he’s able to slide down the chimney in a way that’s completely silent. He’s also able to make himself small enough to fit through the chimney.

Back in the old days, more people had fireplaces. They had to have fireplaces, because they needed to keep warm and use the fire to cook food. Families back then did not have electric lights. A fireplace helped them see at night. People would gather around the fireplace and tell stories. Of course Santa would travel by chimney back then!

In the olden days, people also didn’t have as many windows in their houses. It was harder to keep those windows warm. Sometimes, the house would only have a single door. Houses used to be a lot simpler. They still almost always had fireplaces, because people really needed them.

Today, we have central heating and electric stoves. Not as many of us have fireplaces. However, Santa’s magic is a lot older than that. It’s still easier for him to travel by chimney and create new chimneys than it is for him to choose a different route entirely.

If your house doesn’t have a chimney, Santa can create one. He can do the same thing if you live in an apartment, a condo, or something like that. His magic is very specific. It shows that Santa is from the olden days.

Lots of things are like that. We still call smartphones phones, even though they can do lots of things that old phones can’t. The cars that people drive today have lots of features that cars didn’t used to have. Still, those cars look the same.

When we change things for the modern world, they can change in ways that we didn’t imagine. We don’t usually tear everything down and build it up again. We just make a few little changes to it. Santa did that with the magic that he uses to travel.

Who knows? Maybe one day, we’ll all be living in outer space, and Santa will still travel by chimney!

Santa is Famous for Using the Chimney

You probably already knew that Santa uses the chimney. It’s his trademark now, and he’s not going to change it.

Lots of people will do that. Some of your friends might have phrases that they use a lot. These are their catchphrases, and it’s something that makes them themselves.

You might be able to recognize your favorite actors by what they say on social media. People have a particular way of talking. People have a set of habits that will help to give them their own personalities.

If you have a favorite brand, you will also usually know that brand immediately. You won’t even have to look it up. You’ll know the brand by its symbols and its slogans.

Santa is just like the rest of us in some ways. He was symbols that he likes. He has catchphrases that he likes. He also has his own set of habits. Going down the chimney is his ‘thing,’ and so of course he is going to keep up with it.

We know about Santa’s red suit and beard, reindeer, and sleigh. All of those things make Santa Santa, and going down the chimney is part of the picture.


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Mrs. Claus is 227 years old.

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  1. Joa on September 7, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    Thank you for this excellent explanation. We also thought since we live in an apartment building, he could just drop off the packages by the office like the other delivery people.

  2. Yes Santa Is Real on September 18, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    Santa can definitely do that for you if you want! Just let him know in your letter.

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