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Sitting down with Santa

Tracking down Santa Claus – at this busy time of year – takes some doing, but Cayman 27 managed it on Thursday (13 December.)

On a short break from the North Pole to visit the children at Cayman’s Montessori School, we caught up with the big man in red and asked him how preparations were going just eleven days out from Christmas.

“‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse,” Santa read to the assembled children.

You would assume Father Christmas would not have much time, with under a fortnight to go until  25 December, but he said visiting Cayman’s children was a priority.

And they were certainly pleased to see him; cries of “Santa!” rang out across the Montessori School.

He had this reminder for them and other children counting down to his arrival:

“We’re going to be ready,” he predicted.

“But we’re getting a lot of last minute requests. It’s important that the children send their letters to the mailbox at Camana Bay, the Santa Mail,” Mr. Claus advised.

He said preparations in the workshops at the North Pole were well underway.

“You should see those elves. They’re working so hard. In the workshop, there’s a lot of toys being made and you hear all kinds of whirling, wrapping and tapping,” Santa revealed.

He also let Cayamn 27 into a secret about what might be waiting under the tree this year…

“Lots of things are made out of wood this year. It’s really gone back retro,” he explained.

Now, everyone has their own traditions about what they should leave out for Santa and his reindeer. In a Cayman 27 exclusive, Santa set the record straight when it comes to exactly what he likes best:

“Well the reindeer like to eat the carrots, as you know… the carrots are a big treat for them. I like milk and cookies. My favourite kind of cookies are the kind the children make with their mums,” he confessed.

And the big question: what does the man of the moment want for Christmas?

Santa admitted he has not asked Mrs. Claus or the elves for anything at all.

“I don’t need much. I’m happy just the way I am. It’s wonderful to be the anonymous gift giver in the world. Ho Ho Ho!” he said.

Jolly old St. Nick also reminded people keep an eye out for a flash of green in the sky on 24 December because that is how they will know the elves have teleported all the gifts into his sleigh.

About the author

Caroline James

Caroline James

Caroline joined Cayman 27 in September 2018 after seven years working for Sky News in London, both as a Producer on the World News programme and, latterly, as News Editor on the Foreign Desk, where she led coverage on the ground of stories as diverse as the 2016 US Election, corruption allegations surrounding FIFA and The Oscars. Before this, she worked as a Producer for Associated Press Television News (APTN) for two years, based in their London headquarters. Caroline graduated with a BA Hons degree in Arabic, French and German from Durham University, before gaining an MA in Television Journalism with distinction at City University, London. When not hunting down stories in Cayman, she can be found playing tennis, practicing Bikram yoga or enjoying a beer on Seven Mile Beach. You can reach Caroline at or 326-2243.

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