On an expedition to the north pole earlier this year, our science team was fortunate enough to run across Santa who was outside tending to his reindeer in a snowstorm. We noticed he was struggling to see through his foggy glasses and Jackie, one of our scientists, moved in quickly to clean and defog his lenses with some 2-in-1 spray. He was so amazed; he invited the whole team back to his workshop for an exclusive interview over some hot cocoa! Here’s how it went:
How long has fog been an issue for you personally, as well as for the elves?
It probably started about 274 years ago when Mrs. Claus crafted my first pair of glasses for me. Every year, going from cold outside air down the chimney into warmer air is a constant struggle in the colder parts of the world. With Rudolph guiding me, I can handle seeing through blizzards, but foggy lenses…that’s a whole different story. As for the elves, the fog wasn’t a big issue for them until last year.
Has covid had a big impact on the North Pole?
Absolutely. When the virus first started spreading, we figured we would be safe up here but unfortunately, the virus reached us in the spring of 2020. We’ve had to take great measures to social distance, quarantine and check temperatures daily which has been no small task. The masks were a big part of it too, of course, which has led to a lot of visibility problems for the elves in the workshops.
What sort of visibility problems?
Over 70% of the elves need glasses to see properly, and as you probably know, they fog up immediately when wearing a mask. Many of the elves get tired of it and try to take off their masks, which I just can’t allow during these trying times. They do it when I’m not looking, forgetting that I see and know all even if I’m not looking at them. The rest of the elves usually just end up taking their glasses off and trying to wipe away the fog, which quickly makes their lenses smudged and greasy. Do you have any idea what that means for production?
Cranky elves working slowly?
Well yes, but that’s not the worst part. The quality issues have been through the roof. I’m talking Barbies with Ken heads and RC cars with blocks for tires almost making it to the sleigh! Can you imagine?! We’ve also seen a huge spike in vision-related accidents. Lots and lots of accidents. That’s the main reason why I shut it down.
What do you mean “shut it down”?
With all the added costs associated with PPE and my poor elves struggling to stay on schedule, we barely met our quota for presents in 2020. It was so stressful and dangerous for everyone, I had to make the tough decision to cancel Christmas 2021 production and focus on just making enough for Christmas 2022 with the few elves that don’t need glasses.
So no presents this year? That must have been devastating for everyone!
Yes, it was quite a shock. Mrs. Claus wouldn’t even come out of her room for the first few weeks and morale was at an all-time low.
Have you tried any other solutions for fog?
We did try something once, what was it called… cat spit or something? I don’t recall…but it didn’t really work and the elves went right back to taking off their glasses.
Now that you know about Nano Magic, do you think you will be able to ramp up production again and get back on track in time for Christmas?
It won’t be easy, but we’ve still got a lot of time. Elves are no strangers to a challenge, so I am sure we can make it work. We are all so fortunate to have crossed paths! Now if you will excuse me, I have some magic to hand out! *winks*
We made sure to send Santa a year supply of 2-in-1 for him and all the elves as soon as we got back to #NMHQ, but it probably won’t hurt if we all leave him some more with the milk and cookies this year!