The article that caught my eye on the in flight Air
magazine (on my return journey after visiting my Dad) was the article by Sanjay Auste- on Santa Claus village in Rovaniemi Lapland. India
He writes about seeing more frolicking adults than children ...and why not ? Isn’t there a child in us all! Hence it’s normal to see adults behave like excited teeny boppers in the “ Lap”of Santa Claus land I am sure.
An exciting feature that lures tourists here is the
Artic Circle that is marked on the ground .It runs across the Santa Claus village . At night the laser beam tells you exactly which side of 66degree latitude you are . Lamp posts are erected at regular intervals to demarcate the line .A good spot indeed to photograph and mark one’s Artic tryst!
The main attraction he writes ,is the unique Santa Claus Post Office. Open all days of the year .During Christmas it hires extra hands to deal with the mail. Bag loads of mail for just one man the resident Arctic dweller Santa Claus .Letters are sorted country wise by Santa’s efficacious elves with red conical hats .
He sits in his clock house office keeping time perhaps signifying the surreal time- space that exists in the North Pole where there is the phenomenon of the midnight sun in summers and no sun in winters.
The article made an interesting read as the Santa Parade was still fresh in my mind …the hosannas of Christmas carols sung there resonated in my heart !Long live Santa … long white undulating beard ,rose-tinted rotund cheeks ,a corpulent frame , merry countenance …et all!
P.S. Worth making a trip sometime...Right Avi?…ask Mom…