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How Many Employees Would Santa Need on Christmas Eve?

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I can’t lie. I’m a little bit jealous of Santa. I mean, he manages to pull off a crazy deadline every year without a hitch. And what’s even more impressive is that he manages to be in multiple places at once. What I wouldn’t give to have that kind of Christmas magic in my back pocket!

But- what if Santa didn’t have Christmas magic? What if he needed an entire organization behind him to keep him organized, on time, and able to get everything delivered by midnight on Christmas Eve?

The people at FedEx and UPS wondered just that and crunched the numbers. And are you ready for what they found? Santa would need 12 million employees to pull off his Christmas Eve present delivery.

There are an estimated 760 million children worldwide who celebrate Christmas, and Santa has to get to every one of them in only 24 hours. That adds up to about 9,000 deliveries a second, or about 760 million pounds of cargo which would fill up 300 airplanes. But not just any airplanes. 747 airplanes.

But that’s not all- Santa would need 46 international distribution centers, with 400,000 elves just to load up the sleigh, and another 832,000 elves to manage logistics, support, and HR.

And we can’t forget about customs- Santa would need 40,000 elves solely to deal with customs regulations and another 67,000 elves to obtain flyover rights, schedule, and come up with flight plans. He’d need 100 meteorologists to keep him in the weather know, and an additional 10 million elves to make sure that presents ended up in the right distribution center.

Whew! I’m betting Santa is really thankful for Christmas magic!

[via NPR]

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