It has been brought to my attention that some people deny my existence.

  Father Christmas 14:01 10 Dec 2012
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It's a busy time here at my North-Pole workshops,and the last thing I expected to have to do was register with a computer magazine web-site to deal with a report that people are saying I don't exist.

As you can all see, I'm very much alive,and working hard to get everything ready for the big night when as always I'll be delivering presents to children everywhere. I'm posting a message here to reassure all those boys and girls that - contrary to what some spoilsports might try to tell you - I'm real enough,and will be there without fail on Christmas Eve. Don't forget to leave a carrot or two for my reindeer, and if you fancy adding a small nip of something warming for me it will help keep out the winter chill.

Best wishes to you all for a Happy Christmas and a peaceful New year.

Father Christmas

  Aitchbee 20:09 11 Dec 2012

SANTA, 'Little Joey' says thanks again for finding his mummy all those years ago.

BOOMBOOMBOOMBOOMBOOM_BOOM

MERRY CHRISTMAS

  Chronos the 2nd 06:48 12 Dec 2012

Forum Editor

I strongly refute your insinuation. LOL.

  spuds 10:24 12 Dec 2012

After serious consultations, I think this Father Christmas is perhaps trying to obtain information for a forthcoming Harry Potter type book, so making him even more richer and wiser :O)

  Forum Editor 18:40 12 Dec 2012

bjh.

"The BA flights are the only ones that are cancelled (again!) it seems."

That's not the case - other airlines are affected,and it's not a lack of de-icing equipment that has caused the trouble; the problem has been fog.

All airports have problems with fog, but Heathrow is a special case. When fog descends on an airport the airport authorities order an in increase in the separation distance for inbound aircraft. This is to ensure that there's an increased margin of error to allow an aircraft that has touched down to clear the runway before another one comes down.

At most airports there's no problem - landing intervals can be extended without much disruption to service. At Heathrow it's different. The airport is currently operating at 99% of total capacity - an aircraft lands or takes off every 45 seconds. The aircraft separation distance for the approach is normally three miles, but in fog that is automatically increased to six miles. The effect in flight schedules is rapid and dramatic - far fewer inbound aircraft, which means fewer aircraft to turn around, which means fewer take-offs.

What Heathrow does is to try to limit the effect on passengers by deliberately cancelling flights in advance of predicted fog. It does this in order to let airlines contact and notify passengers ahead of the problem, so they can make alternative arrangements, or notify people who might be travelling to meet them.

It's all very annoying,as you've discovered, but it happens in the name of safety. Instrument landings are all very well, but the main danger with fog is when aircraft are on the ground,and moving around the airport. Increased landing intervals give the ground controllers a bit more leeway when monitoring the movements.

None of which makes you feel any less lonely, I'm sure. I've been in the same boat several times, and I know how frustrating it is.

  Forum Editor 20:24 12 Dec 2012

Talking of this thread...

Maybe we should leave it to get back on track - I for one don't want to do anything that might upset Father Christmas.

  woodchip 22:41 12 Dec 2012

I suppose You are still giving free cycles and computer etc away, Poor Parents that have to be bailed out for the det they have got into does not count!!!!!!!

  Forum Editor 22:46 12 Dec 2012

woodchip

I'm not with you - what has debt got to do with Father Christmas?

  exdragon 09:11 13 Dec 2012

Please, please get back on track, this is the funniest thing I've read in ages!

Father Christmas - you know what I'd like to find in my stocking, don't you? Do you think you could transfer that wish directly into my chap's brain? I'd really appreciate it.

If you can do that, I promise I'll let him off sprout-peeling duty.

  Bing.alau 10:37 13 Dec 2012

Father Christmas, I love your annual visit to my old house every year. It saves me paying for a chimney sweep, You have probably put on a bit more weight since last year too, so the tighter fit will clean it even better and maybe get in to the awkward corners as well. Thanks in advance.

  Father Christmas 11:31 13 Dec 2012

Good morning everyone here, I must apologise for not joining you for a while, I really am extremely busy right now. The temperature here rose slightly over the past couple of days, but it's two o'clock in the morning now, and minus 28 degrees. We're working hard, and piling logs on the fires. I've taken a shirt break to respond to some of your messages.

To woodchip let me say that I wouldn't want anyone to take on a debt that they can't afford to repay, just because if Christmas. In my very long experience I've discovered that the thing all children want above anything else is a loving home. If they have that they will happily accept what presents come their way. Even quite young children can tell when their parents are unhappy or worried, and they will try hard to stop it if they can. I do what I do, but really it's up to all parents to try make the home happy first, and think about what they can spend after that. I feel sad when I hear of some parents spending large amounts they cannot afford, but I can do nothing about it.

exdragon

I do have some magic power, and I do know what you want to find in your stocking, but I'm afraid I don't have the power to put thoughts into your man's brain. I also know what he would like, but I can't put the thought into his brain either. If you're anything like Mrs. Christmas I imagine you're pretty good at getting what you want, one way or another. I suggest that you resort to the time-honoured method of dropping broad hints, and we'll see what we see, come Christmas eve.

bjh.

I like lots of different Christmas songs, but if I had to choose one it would undoubtedly be the carol 'Silent night', simply because I love the melody. It makes me feel calm and peaceful,and I play it for the reindeer just before we climb into the sky on Christmas eve.

I'm not sure I should be discussing female singers making me weak at the knees, so I'll maintain a dignified silence on that one.

Lastly, to Bing.alau

I'm afraid I don't climb down many chimneys nowadays - the modern ones are far too narrow, and most new houses don't have them anyway. There are a few, much older houses that have big, wide chimneys,and I pop down a few of them, just for old times' sake. Mostly I use my golden key to unlock doors or those sliding windows that lots pf people have now. You'll understand that I can't say too much about how I do it all, but I manage pretty well.

Goodbye for now - it's back to work for me. I'll probably look in again at some point over the next few hours; this internet forum thing gets quite addictive, doesn't it?

Best wishes to all.

Father Christmas

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