It’s confirmed – Santa Claus is coming to Haliburton County this Christmas

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Boy, do we have a scoop for you.

County Life can exclusively report that Kris Kringle, ol’ Father Christmas himself will be making a pit stop in Haliburton County on Dec. 25. That’s right kids, Santa Claus is indeed coming to town!

The exciting news comes directly from the lips of county warden Liz Danielsen, who has spent the past several months corresponding with officials from the North Pole. While it’s been a long wait, Danielsen received confirmation this week that the big guy has even bigger plans for kids across the county.

“This is such an exciting time,” Liz beamed. “I’ve been dealing with the head elf up north, and he’s so very busy getting ready for Christmas. It turns out he forgot to return my call! It was actually Mrs. Claus herself who reached out to me, to tell me that Santa has been watching and believes the children of Haliburton County have been incredibly good this year. So good in fact, that he plans to make Haliburton one of his very first stops.”

The children of Haliburton County were ranked number one as the best behaved across all of Canada, and finished second amongst all communities worldwide – behind only the baby elves of the North Pole!

Now remember, Christmas is a very busy time for Santa and his reindeer. Santa has millions of homes to visit, and his reindeer – Dasher, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and, of course, Rudolph – have lots of flying around to do. So, let’s make sure they have enough food in their bellies so that they don’t get hungry at any point during the night.

We caught up with one of the elves from the North Pole who helps to look after Santa’s reindeer. While the gang will eat absolutely anything, Santa included, the elf told us a little about their favourite treats.

“Reindeer love their vegetables. Their favourite thing to eat is a carrot. Carrots help to keep them strong, and also make sure they can see in the dark!” the elf, who we believe may have been called Bernard, said. “Then for Santa, he likes his treats. If you leave him a cookie and a glass of milk, he’ll be super excited! He may even leave you an extra present under your tree.”

The most important thing to remember, though, is to go to bed early on Christmas Eve. As we all know, Santa knows when you’ve been sleeping and he knows when you’re awake. Santa can only visit homes where all the children are asleep, so if you’re looking forward to seeing what Santa left for you on Christmas morning, and opening all of your presents, make sure you go straight to sleep once you’re in bed.

Christmas has always been Liz’s favourite time of the year. When she was a little girl, she would dream about visiting the North Pole, meeting Santa and feeding Rudolph a carrot. She still remembers the day when a small little piece of that dream came true, right here in Haliburton County.

“I was at a tree lighting ceremony in Algonquin Highlands last year and of course Santa was there, waving to all the children, and the moms and dads. But I didn’t see Rudolph. All my life, all I had ever wanted was to see that very shiny nose of his,” Liz said. “Then, on Christmas Eve, it happened. I was getting ready to go to bed, everyone else in the house was asleep, and I heard tapping on the roof. I went outside to see what was going on, and there was Rudolph! He looked right over at me and smiled, with a carrot dangling out of his mouth. His nose was so red and shiny. I smiled back, said hi, and went back inside. I heard some more tapping, and then he was gone.”

She concluded, “That was such a special moment.”

There are now less than ten sleeps to go until Christmas is here, so remember kids – behave yourself, listen to your mom and dad, and Santa will make sure Haliburton County is one of the first places he visits when he delivers his presents.

Mike Baker, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Haliburton County Echo