Are you in the Christmas spirit? Do you wish this time of year would never end. Then, there is one town you need to pack up and move to: The North Pole, of course. No, no the top of the world, North Pole. North Pole, Alaska is a quaint village with just about 2,000 residents. With such a name, the town decks the halls all year long.
Streets bear names, such as Santa Claus Lane, St. Nicholas Drive, Snowman Lane and Kris Kringle Drive. Everything screams Christmas. Ambulances are bright red, police cars are painted green and white and many buildings have a candy cane motif. This town takes Christmas very seriously.
Yes, Santa does live there. He even serves on the City Council. OK, OK, it is really just a man that has a long beard and legally changed his name to Santa Claus.
Of course, with so much Christmas spirit, the town is bombarded with attention come December. Each Christmas the town receives hundreds of letters addressed to Santa Claus (and each one gets read too!)
The TODAY show took a trip to this unique town to see what a real-life Winter Wonderland was really like.
The citizens of the town seem to really love their little Christmas oasis, especially the King and Queen of the North Pole.
“We’re Michelle Daml and Ed Daml, and we’re the King and Queen of the North Pole. We’re basically the ambassadors of the city for a year, and this tradition’s been going on for 44 years. So, you know, we get to represent and promote North Pole! It’s great. How it works is, you’re nominated within the community, and after that, a board of regents from former kings and queens vote on you. We love living here. We really do have that spirit of Christmas all year. Everyone embraces the candy canes, the red and white … all of it. And the fact that we, well, live with Santa Claus.”
“My name is Phil Zastrow. Why do I like living in North Pole? Well, it’s always Christmas. I like Christmas.”
“Bethany Spence. I moved here in 2008, and I’m the administrative secretary at North Pole Elementary. Christmas has a special place in our hearts here, part of which is because here at the school, we’re on Snowman Lane and two streets away from Santa Claus Lane. But really, we just make sure that everyone feels welcome and warm for the holidays, regardless of what their religious beliefs are. North Pole’s a special place.”
“I’m Buddy Lane, the Fire Chief for the City of North Pole. So I’m Santa Claus’ fire chief! Only, it’s really true. And I so enjoy living here. It’s a small community … a tight-knit community. Holding onto the Christmas spirit all year is nice. And the people here are fantastic. I came up as a child because my family was in the military and we were stationed around here. We made North Pole our home in 1973. I went through school out here, and then I stayed. A couple years ago my wife organized the candle-lighting ceremony — that’s something we hold in December. It’s a Christmas program, and we light candles for unity and that kind of stuff.”
The TODAY Show talked to plenty of other residents of the North Pole. You can check them all out here.
What do you think? Would you want it to be Christmas all year long? Is there such a thing as too much of a good thing?