I have been doing a little bit of math regarding the possible existence of Santa Claus / Father Christmas.
I have mathematically come to a final outcome. It is rather long & convoluted but worth reading to understand the conclusion.
There are approximately two billion children (persons under 18) in the world. However, since Santa does not visit children of Muslim, Hindu, Jewish or Buddhist religions, this reduces the workload for Christmas night to 15% of the total, or 378 million (according to the Population Reference Bureau). At an average (census) rate of 3.5 children per house hold, that comes to 108 million homes, presuming that there is at least one good child in each.
Santa has about 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming he travels east to west (which seems logical). This works out to 967.7 visits per second. This is to say that for each Christian household with a good child, Santa has around 1/1000th of a second to park the sleigh, hop out, jump down the chimney, fill the stockings, distribute the remaining presents under the tree, eat whatever snacks have been left for him, get back up the chimney, jump into the sleigh and get on to the next house.
Assuming that each of these 108 million stops is evenly distributed around the earth (which, of course, we know to be false, but will accept for the purpose of the calculations), we are now talking about 0.78 miles (1.3 km) per household; a total trip of 75.5 million miles (125.83 million km), not counting bathroom stops or breaks. This means Santa’s sleigh is moving at 650 miles per second (1083 km/s), 3000 times the speed of sound. For purposes of comparison, the fastest manmade vehicle, the Ulysses space probe, moves at poky 27.4 miles per second (45.7 km/s), and a conventional reindeer can run (at best) 15 miles per hour (25 km/h) - that is four thousands of a mile (4/1000) per second (6.9 m/s).
The payload of the sleigh adds another interesting element. Assuming that each child gets nothing more than a medium size Lego set (two pounds, or 0.906 kg, that is), the sleigh is carrying over 500 thousand tons US (508,000 t metric), not counting Santa himself. On land, a conventional reindeer can pull no more than 300 pounds (136 kg). Even granting that the “flying” reindeer could pull ten times the normal amount, the job can’t be done with only eight or even nine of them - Santa would need 360,000 of them. This increases the payload, not counting the weight of the sleigh, another 54,000 tons (54,864 t metric), or roughly seven times the weight of the Queen Elizabeth (the ship, not the monarch).
600,000 tons (606,600 t metric) travelling at 650 miles per second (1083 km/s) creates enormous air resistance, and this would heat up the reindeer in the same fashion as a spacecraft re-entering the earth’s atmosphere. The lead pair of reindeer would absorb 14.3 quintillion Joules of energy per second each. In short, they would burst in flames almost instantaneously, exposing the reindeer behind them and creating deafening sonic booms in their wake. The entire reindeer team would be vaporized within 4.26 thousands of a second (0.00426 s), or right about the time Santa reached the fifth house on his trip.
Not that it matters, however, since Santa, as a result of accelerating from dead stop to 650 miles per second (1083 km/s) in 0.001 seconds, would be subjected top acceleration forces of 17,500 g’s. A 250 pound (113 kg) Santa (which seems ludicrously slim) would be pinned to the back of the sleigh by 4,315,015 pounds of force (195,470 kg force, or 1.9547 MN), instantly crushing his bones and organs and reducing him to a quivering blob of pink goo.
> Therefore, if Santa did exist, he's dead now!
Mike I wonder....??????
I like the way that your mind works. :)
@ mIKE thank you
It's sad that we need to grow up, and have to leave the child's imagination behind. As you rightly point out it is a logistic impossible, but do not tell the kids hey. I did enjoy reading this.
Allowing them to grow in fallacies you mean Ian..Our parents were ignorant, they taught us Santa Claus and were so excited..but we have acquire knowledge so it is high time we spread it to whoever and whatever is his age.
Quite true Vim I did not mean to condone the myth, I was thinking about children who has been told and most likely will not find out the truth until the become teenagers.
I myself have been a victim of such fallacies...clean your shoes...sleepless night....wake up early...then there were the stories of chimneys...we really don't have this here then at school I got a friend who came from the Uk and just boost out how her christmas she celebrated there were awesome with lots of gifts..guess what I did envy her at that moment. When I realise how ridiculous I was for just fallacies...well what I do not value in this : those couples who do not have children and felt so bad about it during christmas time. I know someone who do not go shopping these days just to avoid sufferings of not having been a mother. On the other hand, those children who are abandoned in charitable institutions and during christmas time a gift is offered to them...but then during the year left on their own... and for years got no one to call mum and dad for at least once. Do you think Jesus birthday reflect that...no one has not been able to reply to me so far...so better wait for Him coming in all His glory for the second time, where all tears and sufferings will be wiped out. Thanks.
I was ten years old when I figured out Santa Claus was my mother. If I had children I would have done like my wife's mother and simply told my children the truth, but then told them not to spoil the surprise for their friends. You may have heard someone say Santa=SATAN. This is likely true as well. But I really like what Ellen White said about how Jesus never needlessly spoke a word of censure and only censured as much as was necessary. I have seen things similar to this before and fine them amusing as an adult. For me Christmas is what you make it. My wife and I have several nativity scenes we put up for the season but we don't put up any Santa stuff. While I know the Bible doesn't say we have to keep Christmas, what I do for the season I do to honour Christ just like Romans 14 tells me to.
I never told my children the Santa Claus lie. There are several reasons for this. One of the most important reasons is an Atheist billboard years ago that said, "If they lied to you about Santa Claus, what about Jesus?"
@ LesMiller, I agree to this point, but as the bible did not emphazise much about Jesus birthday but rather on his ressurection and His second coming. Think we must think as children of God not like pagan people. Thank you for your contribution to this post .
I'll answer your questions first.
Do SDA have to celebrate christmas? - No, but some adventists do. On this subject, to each his own.
Does Santa Claus has ever existed? - Santa himself, no, but it has multiple origins depending on the country.
Now, I have yet to meet an adult who believes in Santa Claus. Except for little kids, the whole world knows Santa is a part of a folklore and when these little kids grew up they will realized too that Santa is not real, so why are you even asking if he ever existed? So you can post your mathematical conclusion? and when did you start doing this "a little bit of math"? which by the way I have read 10 YEARS AGO bearing the title "THE PHYSICS OF SANTA CLAUS AND HIS REINDEER" It was shared to me by a friend who was studying engineering. My friend told me it was discussed by one of his professors who found/read it elsewhere.
I am assuming that you're the one who wrote this since you said "I have been doing a little bit of math regarding the possible existence of Santa Claus / Father Christmas. I have mathematically come to a final outcome. It is rather long & convoluted but worth reading to understand the conclusion."
Wow! who would have imagined that after all these years, a decade even, I can finally talk to the author of that great article. It really is a small world after all. I am sending you a friend request now so we can get acquainted :)