Meet the team - Father Christmas

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Ever wondered what Father Christmas himself would like under the Christmas tree? Watergate Bay Hotel was lucky to get this exclusive interview with him during his busiest time of the year.

How long have you been Father Christmas?

You never ask an old man his age!

What does your role involve?

My role as Father Christmas is really diverse. I’m a toymaker by trade but because I’m no spring chicken, nowadays I prefer to let the elves make most of the presents. This means I have more time to concentrate on reading through the naughty and nice list and delivery of goods. I also hold a full sleigh-flying license.

What is a normal day like for you?

No two days are the same for Santa! Planning and preparation are key for the big ‘C’ day, and that’s what you’ll find me doing for 11 months of the year. I spend most of December visiting children finding out their Christmas wishes. Christmas Eve is our busiest day of the year, but having a little magic makes things easier!

What would you like for Christmas this year?

I’m hoping for a holiday by the sea with good food, Mrs Claude and Rudolf, who just loves jumping in the sea and digging in the sand. Watergate Bay Hotel would be nice.

What’s your favourite part of the job?

Aside from getting to drink lots of nice sherry and eating mince pies, the best part of my role is getting to meet lots of lovely children from around the world. I’m a keen reindeer keeper too, which is a bonus.

How would you describe Christmas in one sentence?

Christmas comes but once a year.

How would you describe your role in three words?

Busy. Sherry. Presents.

When you’re not at work where can we find you?

I’m a bit of an adrenaline junkie and I love kitesurfing – it’s the perfect way for me to relax. I managed to get in for a kitesurf at Watergate Bay recently in between wrapping presents.

Can you tell us something we don’t know about you…

My original name was Saint Nicholas or St Nick to my friends, and I was born in what is now known as Turkey. Some say I was born in the 10th century, but I like to keep people guessing…

Any final words?

Merry Christmas!