What Science Has to Say About Santa and His Reindeer

Most children get excited about Santa and presents as Christmas approaches. There are even adults who still believe in the fat man. Some of you might have already given up on the idea that an old man flies around the world at 1046 km a second and visits 822 homes a second. But what’s the truth? Is Santa real? This is what his flight would be like if he was actually real and delivered presents on Christmas Eve.

That’s quite a chaotic and fast flight, right? Is it really possible for a human being to travel that fast and deliver Christmas presents to all the good kids? Let’s see what scientists have to say about Santa and Christmas.

The Scientific Facts Behind Santa And Christmas

Linda Harden, the famous astronomer, was the first one to bring forth an argument about the very existence of Santa Claus. She believes that he isn’t real–and even if he were, he would have to be superhuman and know how to manipulate time and space to make Christmas happen.

None of the reindeer species known to science can fly

They can soar the skies thanks to animation and computer effects. However, there are some 300,000 species of living organisms that patiently wait to be classified, and maybe, just maybe, there are flying reindeer among them. Most of these unclassified creatures are insects and germs, but hope dies last.

Santa visits only Christian kids

There are around 2 billion children in the world. Since Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and Buddhist children don’t believe in him at all and don’t celebrate Christmas. This reduces his workload by 15% and he has to visit around 378 million youngsters around the globe. Let’s assume that there are 2.5 children per household, which makes it 151.2 million homes to visit. There should be at least 1 good child in each house.

You won’t be able to videotape Santa

Because of the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, Santa Claus has 48 hours to deliver all of the Christmas presents. According to scientific calculations, he has to make 822.6 visits per second. To make it more complicated, the fat man has exactly 1/1000th of a second to park his sleigh with unknown to science species of flying reindeer, slide through the chimney, fill the stockings, leave presents under the real Christmas tree, eat the cookies, drink the milk, get back to his sleigh and fly off to the next house. He’d be so fast you won’t be able to record him on video.

Santa must be 3,000 times faster than the speed of sound

Moving from house to house, Santa has to cover 196.34 million kilometres. This means he must travel at 1046 km per second, which is faster than the speed of sound.

The weight of his sleight

If you assume that each well-behaved child receives nothing more than a medium-sized Lego set or a doll (around 1 kg), the flying reindeer has to pull a sleigh that is 321,300 tons heavy. If you add the weight of the overweight Santa, it’s even heavier. On land, reindeer can pull up to 136 kilograms. Even if they COULD fly, it is impossible for them to carry such a heavy sleight. Santa has to have an army of 214,200 reindeer to be able to lift this thing in the air and take it from house to house.

So in the end we have a 321,300 tons sleight that flies at 1046 km per second. This will create an enormous air resistance that the reindeer will be as hot as a spacecraft re-entering Earth’s atmosphere. Which means that they will blow to smithereens. Santa’s escadrille of 214,200 flying reindeer will be completely vaporised within 4.26 thousandths of a single second. As this air fiasco takes place, Santa will be pinned to his seat by 1926.34 tons of force.

What Does the Religious Person Think About Santa?

As the debate about Santa Claus’ existence continues, we can’t go without the opinion of a religious person.

There is an excellent historical documentary called “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, that unveils the mystery around the flying reindeer. They were given the ability to fly after eating magic acorns. If you don’t believe it, just watch the other documentary “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, according to which:

“The number of households that Santa Claus has to visit isn’t correct. Due to some historical facts, Eastern Orthodox Churches split from the Western Catholic Church. The Eastern churches don’t recognize the Gregorian corrections to the Julian calendar and that’s why their Christmas is a few days after the Western Churches’.

This means Santa Claus gets two chances to deliver Christmas presents. The number of good children per home is also incorrect. Linda Harden’s calculations are based on the gross demographic average. This means you have to adjust the number of well-behaved kids per household upwards. However, there are several million Christian households that have only one child. Most of these kids are so spoiled, they often end up on the naughty lists. This means that at least 50% of the children on Santa’s list are reduced and he has to visit fewer houses. When it comes to Santa’s delivery run, all of the scientific facts and calculations are empty words. You have to be a fool to believe that there is only one Santa Claus.

The name “Santa” comes from either Spain or Italy, two overwhelmingly Catholic countries. On the other hand, the last name “Claus” probably comes from a combination of German and Italian origins. This means that Mr. Santa and Mrs. Claus met somewhere up in Bavaria around the time when Germany was influenced by Prussia. So this was more than 100 years ago, and there is no way they didn’t have kids. Since then, there should be at least five generations of Clauses. This a proof that there is more than one Santa Claus and all of them share the workload and manage to deliver all of the presents on time.”

Jim Mantle and His Santa Theory

If Santa EVER DID live and set out to deliver presents, he’s already dead. You can believe the scientific facts about Santa and realise he isn’t real, or see what the believers have to say about this.

The programmer Jim Mantle has a counterargument to prove that Santa Claus is real, and he delivers gifts to all the good children. Here’s how he backs up his theory:

As Linda Harden mentioned, there is a possibility that flying reindeer exist. Maybe Santa Claus looks after all of the flying reindeer, and that’s why no one has seen them.

 There are yuppie neighbourhoods, for example, Toronto/Yorkville and Toronto/Cabbagetown, that have less than the average of 3.5 kids per home. Not to mention all of the Double Income No Kids and Single Income No Kids families. This scales down that 15% of homes a few percentages. Mantle decreases the number of homes Santa has to visit one more time. The assumption that there is only one good child per home is wrong. There are homes that have more than one well-behaved kid and there are other families that end with a bunch of terrorists in diapers and spoiled brats. Santa Claus has to think about his safety.

He won’t be able to play into Air Force Bases and tower-controlled areas near airports. Don’t forget that with the current situation in the Middle East, he’d get shot if he flew over certain countries over there. This means he has to rely on the services of companies like FedEx and DHL if he wants to deliver presents in these areas.

 Einstein talked about time and how it does strange things when you move faster. Apparently, times run backwards when you go faster than the speed of light. If you don’t believe it, Jean-Luc has done it on TV, with his matter-antimatter warp engines and holodeck. This means Santa and his flying reindeer can travel faster than light, visit all the well-behaved children, which are not equally distributed by each home and household, and he can get back home even before he leaves.

 Further on, Santa’s flying reindeer won’t explode because of the high speed and all of the quintillion joules of energy they absorb. In fact, all of this energy is required to pull that heavy sleight. All of the scientific facts about how Santa isn’t real can be used to prove that he actually exists. If this was too confusing, check out this video”

In Conclusion

This article doesn’t mean to offend your views on Santa Claus’s existence. You are free to believe in him or vice versa.

Santa Claus’s generosity, kindness, and joy of giving—along with his historical origins—remain symbols of the true meaning of Christmas, despite ongoing debates about his origins. Regardless of whether one views Santa Claus as a whimsical legend or as a representation of the spirit of the holidays, he continues to be an essential component of the joyous customs that fill homes all over the world with warmth and cheer.