Second-grade students in Selene Miyasato’s Kahakai Elementary School class are eager to share their thoughts on Santa on Tuesday. (photos by Laura Shimabuku/Special to West Hawaii Today)
Kahakai Elementary School second-grader Terina Garcia, left, whispers to Charlotte Hasbrouck while they complete their Santa project on Tuesday. (photos by Laura Shimabuku/Special to West Hawaii Today)
Don’t worry, keiki. Even if you don’t have a chimney at your house, jolly old St. Nick can still find his way into your home to deliver presents on Christmas Eve.
Just ask the second-grade students in Selene Miyasato’s class at Kahakai Elementary School.
“If there’s no chimney, he can go through a window,” Thaya Ohashi said.
Other students had other ideas. Perhaps, one said, Santa Claus just lands on the lanai and walks in. Maybe he comes in through a skylight.
“It’s so hard,” James Wilkes said. “Everything is locked.”
Not to worry, Terina Garcia said. Santa can climb into houses. Besides, she said, his magic might make him invisible, so people can’t see him.
Senmaru Hrncirik-Maruyama claimed his auntie had once spotted Santa. None of the students could make the same claim, but they could describe him easily anyway.
“He’s fat from all the cookies the children give,” Senmaru added.
What cookies are his favorite? Gingerbread, chocolate chip and “Christmas tree cookies,” decorated with icing and sprinkles. Those aren’t the only foods he likes, though, James said.
“I put down popcorn, and he ate it right up,” he said.
Santa relies on his reindeer to take him around the world, maybe using magic, or just an application on his phone to plot the best route to reach all the homes around the globe. If the reindeer go too fast, he might say “ho, ho, oh!”
The reindeer — Santa has anywhere from nine to 15 of the Nordic animals, the students said — don’t talk, but Santa can communicate with them.
“If he couldn’t communicate, he probably couldn’t deliver presents,” Senmaru added.
Other people might be able to understand reindeer, too, Charlotte Hasbrouck said.
“The people who believe in Christmas and Santa, they can communicate with the elves,” she said.
Mrs. Claus might have a role, too. Santa’s wife helps tame the reindeer.
Once Santa heads out to deliver gifts, though, she fools around a little, Senmaru said.
Dec. 26 is a big day for the elves — they get to have their own Christmas party.
“Santa finds them something special,” Terina said.
Elves have “big ears” and always “stay at the North Pole to make toys,” Christian Freitas added.
Those elves like to eat candy canes and brownies, the students said.
The class had a few ideas about how Santa keeps tabs on kids throughout the year.
“He can see you up in the sky,” Jasen Alani said.
“He has big eyes,” Senmaru offered.
“He’s magic,” Terina said.
Jason Goosby, who said he doesn’t really believe Santa exists, had another idea.
“Santa has a big telescope that can watch us,” he said.
James and Christian said they had first-hand evidence that Santa was watching and will deliver coal.
“Santa accidentally opened a coal thing and dropped one in my stocking,” James said, adding the coal was at the bottom of a pile of small gifts in the stocking.
Christian’s big brother got a coal delivery after he misbehaved. “Everyone needs to know that he’s really real,” James added. “‘Cause then they don’t get coal.”
But don’t watch for a surfing Santa anytime soon. While a few students said they thought Santa might take a vacation, they resoundingly said he never ventures to Hawaii for sun and sand. After all, as one of the students said, that’s just silly.