Children’s museum holds ‘Santa Institute’

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Children’s Museum is bringing Santa science to kids. It’s good fun for local physicians and a veterinarian who started the program in 1994 at the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children.

The Clarion-Ledger ( ) reports that museum programs associate Collin Hughes led about 20 kids in exercises on Saturday, explaining that Santa watches what he eats and exercises so he can fit down chimneys.

Four “Santa scientists” have been with the program since it began. They’re veterinarian Andrew Grady, physiologist David Dzielak, internist Rebecca Waterer and her husband, cardiologist H. Christmas Waterer.

They revealed that special chemicals inside Rudolph’s nose help it turn bright red to guide Santa and his flying sleigh.

But how do reindeer fly? The right answer to that was “Christmas magic.”


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