About a decade ago, in the midst of the financial crisis, I was editing Maclean’s magazine and looking for something to lift our spirits before the holidays. I called author Gerry Bowler (above), a professor of history at the University of Manitoba, whose books include Santa Claus: A Biography (2007) and The World Encyclopedia of Christmas (2005). Prof. Bower kindly arranged for me to interview Santa.
This is what I got. It seems timely given that we’re now amid another crisis, and while I feel a bit guilty about re-running an old piece, it’s not like anyone else has interviewed Santa since.