Do you ever wonder how Santa’s bag gets packed for Christmas? Every year Santa has to deliver presents to millions of good little girls and boys around the world. I had the chance to meet Santa himself last year, so I asked him, “How do you make everything fit in your bag without breaking things?” He told me that to make all of those toys fit in one small red sack takes a little bit of magic and a lot of planning.
What You Need to Pack Santa’s Bag
- One bag small enough to fit on a sleigh in red or green
- Packing peanuts
- Bubble wrap
- Furniture pads
- Elves or Moving Help
- Magic Dust
Properly Wrap the Items
Santa and his elves are great at making sure your presents aren’t broken when you open them as a child on Christmas morning. Santa will use packing peanuts and bubble wrap on items that are fragile. For larger items and things that can be scratched, Santa will cover item with furniture pads. For more tips on packing almost anything check out our posts in our packing category.
You can’t have everything all jumbled together. This is where the planning comes in. Santa’s bag is organized according to the route he takes, so that wherever he is, the toys he is delivering right now are easily accessible. To achieve this, the elves at the North Pole lay out everything ahead of time grouped by neighborhood. Once everything is grouped they begin the process of actually loading it into Santa’s bag.
This is important. As when loading a moving truck or sleigh, Santa’s elves want to use tiers and cells when packing Santa’s bag. Items are grouped within a bag. Heavier items are not placed on top of fragile items that they could crush or break, then when a section is all loaded up it gets secured in place with rope or straps. In between tiers Santa’s elves sprinkle magic dust. The magic dust shrinks the items until they are removed from the bag. Once all of the tiers are packed, the elves will also sprinkle magic dust on the outside of the bag so that it can be lifted by one person and shrink to go down a chimney. Unfortunately, this magic dust is not for sale anywhere yet, but I have heard a rumor that the top secret labs at U-Haul are working on it.
Do you have any tips or tricks that might make Santa’s job a bit easier? Let us know in the comments and we will pass them on to him with some added milk and cookies!