Think about Santa’s Logistical Challenges.

December 20th, 2012

What Chief Logistical Officer wants to take on this problem?

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 Clause (aka – St. Nicholas, Sinter Class, Father Christmas, Babbo Natale, Papa Noel etc.) 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 Green Fuel Too)? That’s a good question, so we checked with both Federal Express and UPS, and collectively they ship about 4.4 million packages per day with 3.4 million of those going through Federal Express alone. That means they handle about 80% annually of what jolly old Saint Nick and his eight tiny reindeer handle in just one night

So to answer the question of just how does one man and one sleigh and eight tiny reindeer deliver all of those presents in one night? Personally this author believes it has to be a little faith and a whole lot of 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 these times of economic upheaval, global political unrest and unconscionable acts of violence that surrounds us all, don’t we all need a little faith and maybe a little magic too?

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!”Here’s hoping all of your holidays are filled with magic.

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