Think about Santa’s Logistical Challenges.

December 23rd, 2009

Approximately 33% of the world population is Christian and although only sixteen countries officially declare it as their state religion, dozens and dozens have percentages of their population as practitioners. Talk about a logistical nightmare.

Now if geographical challenges were not enough, we have to also consider that the Christian population of the world is about two billion people. That’s a whole lot of zeros even if Santa were to eliminate 10% as naughty. So just how does one man and one sleigh and eight tiny reindeer deliver  all of those presents in one night across multiple time zones when the primary fuel used is hay? That’s a good question.

We checked with Federal Express, and their hub in Memphis Tennessee handles approximately 1.5 million packages per day. That means they handle a little over half a billion packages annually. This of course does not even equal one third of what jolly old Saint Nick handles in one night.

Personally this author believes it is a little faith and a little magic. The same type of faith used to convince Virginia O’Hanlon that there is indeed a Santa Claus in the September 21, 1897 edition of the New York Sun when her friends had told her that he did not exist.

In a time of economic upheaval and with many of our countries young men and women protecting our liberties around the world, we all need a little faith and maybe some magic. So from the famous poem Twas the Night before Christmas written in 1822 by Clement Clarke Moore. “Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen! On, Comet! On, Cupid! , on Donner and Blitzen! To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall! Now dash away! Dash away!  Dash away all!”

Sometimes questioning what is just does not make sense. Here’s hoping all of your holiday wishes are magical.

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