Prepping is one of those fields where we all try to learn vicariously. People who are new to the prepping movement seek out information from those who have gone before. The “old hands” look for others to learn from as well, turning to those of us who have been preppers since before the name was coined.
The true old timers are looking at our ancestors, seeing how the American Indians, the Pioneers and even the cave men did things.
Finding a true expert gives us the chance to learn lessons that others may not know. It’s always interesting to hear of their experiences and ideas. Many know skills and have developed methods that don’t occur to others. That makes their advice invaluable.
Being December, it’s a good time to learn from the ultimate prepper, Santa Claus.
In a humorous note, if you think about it, Santa has outdone all of us, especially when it comes to longevity. Living in the harshest environment on Earth, Santa still manages to run his business, providing toys and cheer to children around the world. If there was ever someone to emulate, Santa would be it.
So, what makes him so good?
1. He Knows How to Survive Harsh Conditions
Most of us would pick someplace with nice weather or probably sandy beaches, if we were given a choice of survival locations.
But Santa looks at things differently. He has chosen what is probably the world’s harshest environment to survive in; the North Pole.
Yet he has clearly had no problem surviving there, as attested to by all the years he has lived.
One of Santa’s secrets to living in Arctic conditions is that he has built his entire complex underground. That means that instead of dealing with temperatures which go as low as 40 degrees below zero, the worst temperature he has to deal with is 32oF, the freezing temperature of water. That makes it much easier to heat his compound. Not only that, but the ground around him serves as insulation.
There is nothing on the surface of the ground at the North Pole which can help Santa and his elves survive, other than snow. Once they melt the snow, they have plenty of water.
So, I’m sure that snow harvesting is a daily chore. But since he can’t get any other resources off the surface, there is no reason for him to live there. Better to hide out from the cold, underground.
2. He Knows How to Get Away From it All
Could you imagine the trouble Santa would have, if he lived in a big city? Why, he’d have a constant stream of people at his door, looking for toys in the summertime, expecting him to repair the toys that they broke and hoping for some chocolate and candy canes when they were hungry. By the time Christmas came around, he wouldn’t have anything to give away.
Being in an isolated location is a true advantage for Santa, allowing him to plan and prepare for the next Christmas. His resources can be used wisely, rather than squandered on people who won’t appreciate them anyway.
At the same time, his remote location protects him from attack. After all, have you ever heard of someone raiding Santa’s workshop to steal his toys? Of course not. That proves that his remote location provides him with excellent security.
3. He’s Completely Off the Grid
I just checked on Google Earth, and there are no power plants at the North Pole. Nor could I find any power lines leading there.
There’s no farm of solar panels, so he’s not running solar either. But it’s clear that Santa has managed to live and work totally off grid.
If I were to guess (and I am), I’d say that Santa is using wind power for his home and workshop. Wind has excellent advantages for his situation, as there is a lot of wind at the North Pole.
Since his workshop is underground, it would be quite easy for him to have his wind turbines underground as well. Tunnels could route the wind from the surface through the turbines and back to the surface again.
Truly living off grid requires an accurate assessment of the climate in your area, looking for the availability of renewable resources for conversion to power. By using wind, Santa has gone with one of the ultimate renewable resources and has avoided the problems that six months of winter would have caused him if he went for solar power.
4. He Gets What He Needs from Nature
Santa and his crew are experts in getting what they need from nature. In fact, everything he makes comes from raw materials that they are able to get from nature. Obviously he has a good business relationship with Mother Nature herself, in order to have access to so many materials.
Could you imagine the struggles Santa would have if he had to order parts and raw materials from companies, to be delivered to the North Pole? Neither FedEx or UPS offer daily service to the North Pole, which explains why Santa is receiving children’s letters, and still delivering his toys by sleigh. But without those shipping companies to bring in the raw materials, he’s got to know how to get them from nature himself.
While I’m sure that Santa has elves who are experts in working with certain types of materials, we have to take into account that he trained those elves himself. So, while they may do the actual work of extracting raw materials from the Earth, he knows how to do it also. Santa is the ultimate engineer, with a wide range of skills, which allow him to successfully run his business, while surviving off of nature.
5. He is Totally Self-Sufficient
If there was ever anyone in the world who understood the concept of self-sufficiency, it’s Santa. He has built himself a homestead in the worst possible environment, yet made it successful. Mrs. Santa doesn’t even have to go to the grocery store, as they have everything they need.
Part of that is that Santa has learned how to utilize what he has available. He has lots of snow, so I’m sure he uses it for a myriad of purposes. He draws materials out of nature, rather than rushing to the store to get them. Why, I’d be willing to bet that they are growing enough food to feed his reindeer and all the elves that work for him.