In the Harvard Hotseat: Santa Claus

Jo Jamieson

23 Dec 2014

Tell us about your role.

Well… I am Santa. I deliver gifts to people around the world. It’s great because although it’s a high profile role, I actually only have to get out of bed one day a year. #winning

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I am Santa! I was born ready for this.

What was your first job?

I did some work experience as an Elf when I was 18. it was part of a scheme to make me appreciate the people who work underneath me. It was great – really fulfilling. I made a rocking horse. Obviously I rigged it so it broke when a child sat on it. Just call me the Archbishop of Banter-bury!

What gets you up in the morning now?

The elves banging around making those wooden toys. I don’t know why we can’t just order stuff on Amazon. It’d be quicker but…sure.

What does the next three years hold for the PR industry?

The what industry?

What’s your most embarrassing career experience?

So many to pick from! I’ve been stuck in a few chimneys obviously. Especially towards the end of my run. I’ve eaten a lot of mince pies by then and I liked to steal a mulled wine here and there so I’m a bit drunk to be honest. Actually yes, in 2012 I did have a bit of a mishap. I’d finished the run and was on my way back and this happened… don’t drink and drive kids!


What’s the best book you’ve ever read?

Got to be A Christmas Carol really hasn’t it?

What’s the worst film you’ve ever watched?

Elf. I’m the star, not the staff!!!!

What would be top of your Desert Island Discs list?

I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus…. Man, that was a weird night.

PR is all about boozy lunches, isn’t it? What’s your tipple?

Mulled wine please.

Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp?

I’m all about Snapchat actually. The pics disappear after a few seconds so much LOLZ can be had.

What would you do if you weren’t Santa?

I wouldn’t exist. That would be bleak. Sad times.


As told to Lorna Hughes.