Would Santa Claus play Mega Moolah?
It's that time of the year again where we wait for a jovial, red-cheeked chap, powered by a team of magical reindeer, to whizz around the globe in the space of a 24-hour period, bringing gifts to all those who choose to believe that Christmas is something to celebrate each year.
Given that Santa is so ingrained in our culture, it is hard to think that there are parts of the world where Santa doesn't actually feature in their traditions and where they may have very different celebrations, at very different times of the year.
Now I have no doubt that Santa's been very busy this past year at his North Pole grotto getting all kinds of goodies available for people around the globe. He's probably making sure the reindeer have been fed and watered and his sleigh has been oiled and given a service just ahead of the big day (or night as it should really be).
However, I am equally sure that if he had the chance and fancied taking a break one year and letting someone else take up the reins, a Mega Moolah jackpot win would help him relax a bit and perhaps look for somewhere a little further south and then perhaps, he could ditch his wardrobe, which is a bit repetitive if we're honest.
So before we examine if and Santa would play the Mega Moolah slot, let's take a look at exactly who this rosy cheeked present-presenting chap actually is.
Santa Claus - A potted history
It's strange to think that the figure of Santa Claus actually is a hybrid of a number of different images, people and legends throughout the years. Originally, the legend was based on Saint Nicholas of Myra, a bishop who used to give gifts to people. Which kind of makes sense.
Only that Saint Nicholas was actually a Greek, which doesn't fit in with the white bearded, rosy-cheeked Santa Claus we know today. The reason that is the case is because that image of Santa Claus can be traced back to 1823 and a poem called "A Visit by St Nicholas" for which Thomas Nast, a cartoonist, created what is reckoned to be the first ever modern depiction of Santa Claus with the white beard, chubby cheeks (and originally a smoking pipe, but we will leave that alone).
While that image has been maintained, his clothes have not. Originally Santa Claus was dressed in blue, but White Rock mineral water in 1915 and then more famously Coca Cola in the 1930s used a different red coloured suit, to reflect the colour of their beverages cans and that red and white outfit has been maintained ever since.
Other elements of his story, including his wife Mrs Claus, have also been cobbled together to embellish the overall story so that we now have the Santa we know today, who lives at the North Pole or Lapland in a grotto, with Mrs Claus and a team of Elves, who make presents for people and deliver them around the world at Christmas Eve.
Nowadays, Santa Claus goes by many different names across the globe, in the Netherlands he is Sinterklaas, in Finland he is Joulupukki, in the UK he is commonly known as Father Christmas and in the United States in particular, Kris Kringle is a popular name, most famously used in the Miracle on 34th Street movie.
Another interesting fact is that there is a Santa Claus Village in Finland's North Pole, which looks amazing, and in Alaska there's a Santa Clause House. The US Postal service uses the city's Zip Code (99705) as their advertised code for letters to Santa, while the Wendy's restaurant and diner in North Pole doesn't have a drive through, but a "Sleigh Fly Through".
Santa's Workload and Potential Free Time
It's fair to say that other than Christmas Eve, Santa spends most of the year supervising his team of Elves to ensure that the requisite number of presents are being created for next year's trip around the world.
While that is a more supervisory role, it is fair to assume that Santa must have a fair old bit of down time in that period. You know, when the Elves have got everything under control and he's popped down to the pet shop to get the reindeer their carrots, not to mention ironing his suit ready for next year.
It's a little known fact that WiFi at the North Pole is still very good and that Santa spends a good deal of time on the internet. Indeed, it may be his way of knowing which children have been bad or good (so be good for goodness sake). So it is also fair to assume that he will have a decent WiFi connection.
The fact that he is out around the world once a year means he'll also need a mobile device to let Mrs Claus know when he'll be home. So I think it is only fair to assume that if he had the time, the equipment and the opportunity, that Santa would definitely be a Mega Moolah man.
Why do I say that? Read on to find out.
Santa and Mega Moolah
If Santa is going to play a slot it would make sense that it would have to be a big one to offer him the rewards he would desire. After all, relocating from the North Pole to somewhere warmer, where he could still have all the space he needs for his production facility, deer stables, grazing paddocks and pens not to mention a large storage area for the sleighs, he's going to need a fair few bob behind him to get that lot shifted south.
Furthermore, with those naughty Elves on the Shelf around the globe, they could whisper in his ear when the jackpot prize was reaching a larger amount, as it is towards this Christmas, so that he would know the perfect time to play.
With his mobile in hand, I'd not be surprised if he was enjoying a few spins on the sleigh ride itself around the world. Probably to take his mind off the triple hundredweight of mince pies and 97 litres of Sherry that he's consumed throughout the evening.
Besides, as Santa likes to try and give everybody their presents within one night, all around the world, it is clear he likes to live a jolly life and take a gamble. He could have spread things out over the course of the year, but personally, I think Santa likes things a little more difficult as when you achieve them, they are all the more rewarding.
And that last reason is precisely why Santa, like so many others, would play the Mega Moolah slot!
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