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What does it take to become Santa's helper?

Santa school of 2005. Credit: ITV West Country

Spare a thought for Santa who is very busy on Christmas Eve delivering presents. We delved into our archive for some useful tips for would-be helpers.

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Santa's Top Ten tips

  • 1. Know your reindeer
  • 2. Grow your own beard
  • 3. No fags or booze!
  • 4. No bad language just languages
  • 5. No gender bias
  • 6. Don't get the sack
  • 7. Climbing is a must
  • 8. Protect the presents
  • 9. Be fast, very fast
  • 10. Be an expert wrapper
Is that Donner or Blixen? They're hard to tell apart. Credit: ITV West Country
Ever climbed a chimney? What goes up must come down. Credit: ITV West Country
Is that beard real or false? Credit: ITV West Country

It's estimated that, with more than 2.1 billion children in the world, Santa would have to make 842 million stops on Christmas Eve. S/he's either very whizzy or is able to play with time.

It's a race against time. Credit: ITV West Country

We visited Wookey Hole's Santa School in 2005 and took part in their Santa Olympics in 2007.

Merry Christmas from the ITV News West Country archives.