WHEN Hillcrest Fever met Santa Claus recently we felt it was necessary to find out what Santa Claus likes and dislikes, how to prevent yourself from landing up on the “naughty list” and other interesting facts about the Christmas season. This white bearded man is a gentle soul and I felt privileged to sit in his presence. What is your favourite treat? As I have travelled over many years, I have found that the tradition of warm milk and pies doesn’t work when going to hot countries and cities, like South Africa and especially Durban. I far prefer biltong and a chilled non-alcoholic beer. This is really a treat after receiving a whole lot of warm milk and pies in the cold countries. What is your best Christmas carol? I love First Noel. This is a Christmas carol that I grew up with and we sing it in our church choir. The song talks about the first christmas and my elves love to sing it while making toys. How many elves help you? Oh I have thousands, they are real little characters you know. This year I was lucky to be able to bring two of them with me to Watercrest Mall. What reindeer is your favourite and what are your reindeer’s names? I have 13 reindeer. Nine pull my sleigh and four are still in training. There is Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixon, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzon and then my dear Rudolph who shines the way. I could never control Rudolph if it wasn’t for his dad Donner who keeps him under control. Rudolph has a love interest for Arrow, who is still in training with Lightning, Zoey and Clarice. I don’t have a favourite, all my reindeer are very special to me. Where are the reindeer stabled in the upper Highway? I keep my reindeer in a secret stable in the lower basement parking at Watercrest Mall. Do you use Facebook or Instagram to help with your “naughty and nice list”? Oh yes I do, I keep a close eye on all social media. This give me an indication of who needs to be moved onto the naughty and nice list. How often does your naughty and nice list get updated? My lists get updated every November. I was made aware of a little boy last year, who had me laughing. His name is Dylan and his letter to me read “My name is Dylan, All I want for Christmas is your list of naughty girls”. Dylan made it onto my naughty list last year. I also received a beautiful letter from Zoe which read, “Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is to become a better person”. Zoe has stayed on my nice list. Would you do Christmas shopping online? Oh no, I would rather handpick my presents with love, my elves would be most upset if we did otherwise. How can the children get their letters to you? Santa’s Postbox has been flown in and will be at Watercrest Mall from 12 to 24 Dec. Remember to post your letters as I read every single one of them. Where can children meet you? I will be at Watercrest Mall from 12 to 24 December between 10am and 2pm – Everyone is welcome and I would love to meet you all. Does you have any advice for children? Enjoy the true spirit of Christmas with family and those close to you and enjoy giving and receiving, equally.