Wondering what it takes to get on Santa's good side? Apparently, don't go into politics, and don't have anything to do with the NHL.
"All the hockey players are on my naughty list because of what they’re doing," he told The Huffington Post Canada. "Actually, everybody involved with this NHL business — they should act more like adults than spoiled children."
Santa was in Toronto to kick off the holiday season with the annual Santa Claus Parade, taking place Sunday, November 18th, starting at 12:30 p.m and being broadcast from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on CTV. He was well rested from a recent trip to the Bahamas, which made him realize just how much he misses the good old days of letter writing and face-to-face communication.
"Sitting by the pool, there'd be people with BlackBerrys, iPods, things that like. Four people were sitting at a table, each on their devices, not even talking to each other! Why do you need that while you're on vacation?" he asked, adding that he'll always respond when people write him a letter, especially with requests for presents.
He's happy to include those who volunteer, help others and always have a smile on their faces — "basically, people who act like human beings" on his nice list for Christmas, but don't even think about taking a job in Parliament.
"All politicians go on the naughty list, no matter what party they belong to," he said. "Because no one seems to be able to tell you what’s happening at the right time and be honest about it. There’s too much of what they call spin, and Santa doesn't do spin."
We asked Santa what it meant to be on the naughty or nice list, and there were plenty of characteristics to choose from. Check out the Canadians we came up with based on his criteria, and let us know if you have any suggestions of your own.
Naughty: NHL Owners
Santa is very angry about what's going on with the NHL. "They should act more like adults than spoiled children," he says. Therefore, people like NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Calgary Flames co-owner Murray Edwards (shown here) would be solidly on the naughty list.
Naughty: NHL Players
But it's not just the owners who are experiencing Santa's wrath, it's "everybody in this business." So sorry, Boston Bruins, Maple Leafs, Candiens et al — you'll be finding lumps of coal in your stockings this year.
Nice: Nelly Furtado
Santa is a big fan of those who help people and volunteer, so Nelly Furtado, who acts as a Me to We ambassador and is a huge advocate for clean water for all, fits into that category ... nicely.
"All politicians are on my naughty list, no matter what party they belong to," says Santa. "Because no one seems to be able to tell you what’s happening at the right time and be honest about it."
Nice: Simon Whitfield
Smiles are high on the priorities for Santa's nice list, and just try to find a picture of triathlete Simon Whitfield when he's not grinning ear to ear. His reputation even inspired the athlete who fell behind him at the Olympics <a href="http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/7Wdgh0tcaVGcgQVhCUj6ag--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NQ--/http://media.zenfs.com/en/blogs/sptusolyexperts/FACEBOBOBOBBOBK.jpg">to write a heartwarming letter</a>, reminding everyone what the Olympic spirit is all about.
Based on her recent performance in Toronto, Santa placed the musician on his naughty list. "It struck me as a little too much gyration at the wrong time of the day," he says.
Nice: Michael J. Fox
Besides being somewhat universally recognized as the nicest guy in the world, Michael J. Fox's charitable efforts and beaming smile tick off two of Santa's criteria, so he's hitting up the nice list — we imagine it's not the first time.
Naughty: Margaret Atwood
Look, we're withholding judgment on this one, but who are we to tell Santa he's wrong? Margaret Atwood might be Canada's greatest literary treasure, but Santa is really against technology taken to the extreme — and we're fairly certain <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2006/02/20/margaret-atwoods-longpen-for-remote-signatures/">Atwood's LongPen</a>, which she uses to sign books for her fans both near as far, <a href="https://twitter.com/MargaretAtwood">as well as her extensive use of Twitter</a>, would be a no-go in Santa's books.
Nice: Lisa Ray
The actress and host of the past season's Top Chef Canada is <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/11/08/11-questions-for-lisa-ray_n_1970958.html">unfailingly lovely in interviews</a>, has battled cancer, and now raises money for the cause along with her new husband. Nice? Oh yes.
Naughty: Rob Ford
As a politician, Rob Ford sort of automatically gets on Santa's naughty list, but we're thinking his unwillingness to answer questions falls squarely on the side of "spin," another of Santa's pet peeves.
Nice: Justin Bieber
Santa loves his "pleases" and "thank yous," so Justin Bieber's place as second on the best mannered list "for consistently showing courtesy to his fans" gets a checklist by the man in red.
Naughty: Justin Bieber
However, we can't ignore all the rumours swirling around our favourite teen dreamboat, as his and Selena Gomez's break-up gets covered more and more widely. We hope you come out of this on top, Justin!
Nice: Helene Campbell
The gal <a href="http://www.alungstory.ca/">who endured the wait and eventually operation</a> for a double-lung transplant with a massive smile on her face throughout is deserving of a whole lot more than getting on the nice list — but that's all Santa's currently offering.
Naughty: Gerald Tremblay
Former Montreal mayor Gerald Tremblay <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/11/05/gerald-tremblay-resigns-montreal-mayor-quits_n_2050172.html">left the office amid a corruption scandal</a>, and Santa, who hates hypocrisy and arrogance, would not approve.
Naughty: Amber MacArthur
Well, it's possible he changed his mind after meeting the lovely Amber MacArthur (left), but the TV host and author is unabashedly obsessed with technology, and in Santa's words, "give technology a break sometimes."
Nice: Sarah Polley
Actress, writer and director Sarah Polley has been in the spotlight since the age of 4, but you'd never guess it from the way this down-to-earth woman behaves. And this falls right in line with Santa's view that you "should not think you're any better than anybody else, regardless of what you do for a living."
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