A letter of health from Santa Claus

HO. HO. HO. Merry Christmas. I can’t believe another year has gone by and it is time to visit you all back in Sheboygan again.

We have been very busy up in the North Pole getting ready for tonight. The elves are finishing the gifts and Rudolph and the reindeer are eating extra carrots to get ready for the long trip. While making my list and checking it twice, a thought came to my mind.

Although I am delivering so many wonderful gifts this year, there is one gift that even Santa Claus himself can’t deliver — the gift of health.

During the Holiday season, there are a lot of things we can do to stay healthy. Just to give you a few ideas, here are some of the things we do up here in the North Pole:

Get your flu shot. All the elves and I got our flu shot to not only protect ourselves, but to make sure the people around us don’t get sick.

Remember safety. We remember that safety comes first. Mrs. Claus makes sure the young elves help her cook safely in the kitchen, we avoid fire hazards when decorating the tree and when we make toys, we think about the appropriate toy for the appropriate age child.

­Get sleep. With all of the excitement to open presents and see family, it is still important that we get a good night’s sleep. If the reindeers didn’t get sleep, they would fall asleep before they even got across the Arctic.

Drink water. We make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated during our busy season. The elves always do a good job reminding me to have my 8 glasses a day.

Ask Questions. At my age, I don’t always understand my doctor at my annual physical. That is why I always bring questions for my provider and remember that it is always OK2ASK.

Bake healthier. When Mrs. Claus bakes, she likes to substitute healthier options into her treats — like unsweetened applesauce instead of butter. She also uses spices like cinnamon and nutmeg to add flavor instead of salt.

Be the life of the party. We take time out of the workshop to laugh, mingle, dance and play lots of games. The holidays should be about having fun and enjoying the company of the ones you love.

Lastly, make sure to give yourself the give of health this Christmas. Nothing would bring me more joy than to know you will have a safe, healthy and happy holiday.

Love, Santa Claus

 Could you spare a few carrots for my reindeer for when we land in Sheboygan? All that flying makes them pretty hungry.