->'''Meatwad''': "''I just figured Santa was off to an early start this year. Because, you know, statistics show that there are more children in the world today. That's China's fault.''"
->'''Frylock''': "''Where did you hear that?''"
->'''Meatwad''': "''Regis.''"
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A question often brought up to disprove the existence of SantaClaus: How the hell could he deliver all those toys to so many children in one night? There are so many factors involved, it just wouldn't be possible by natural means.

But of course when Santa has flying reindeer and elves working with him, he might not be limited to natural means. The usual answer is that he can [[TimeStandsStill stop time]].

Interestingly, most fiction questions ONLY how the toys are delivered, not how so many adults (even in the worlds of fiction) can fail to notice the toys, and thus not believe in him.

This trope comes into play whenever someone asks the question, but often someone will have an answer, or when [[YesVirginia Santa is shown to be real]], we are given the actual answer.

Not to be confused with WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys.
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' - Under the impression that [[ChildProdigy Chiyo]] might still believe in Santa Claus, Kagura starts making up increasingly wild claims as to how Santa accomplishes his mission.
--> '''Tomo''': Well, then how does he visit all those houses in one night?
--> '''Kagura''': Santa can fly crazy fast! Like Mach 100!

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Played with in a DCComics Holiday Special, in which Max Mercury (a super-speedster) has a great deal of trouble convincing Impulse (another speedster) that Santa ''doesn't'' exist.
--> '''Max''': How does he visit all those houses in one night?
--> '''Impulse''': Super-speed. ''Duh.''
* The ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' version of Santa Claus uses co-location. Time flows normally, but Santa is everywhere he needs to be all at the same time.

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[[folder: Comic Strips ]]

* In ''ComicStrip/ThePerishers'', Baby Grumpling asks a related question.
-->'''Baby Grumpling''': But how can he come down ''our'' chimney?
-->'''Maisie''': What do you mean?
-->'''Baby Grumpling''': Well, we've got a ''stove''. With a stovepipe. Which is only three inches wide. And it leads into the red hot stove. Which has got knobs on.
-->'''Maisie''': ''HE GOES ON A CRASH DIET, WEARS FLAMEPROOF UNDERWEAR, AND CARRIES A SET OF BURGLARY TOOLS!''
-->'''Baby Grumpling''': All right, all right! There's no need to lose your temper.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''Film/SantaClausTheMovie'', the head elf says that "Time itself shall travel with you." A very mystical, and extraordinarily atmospheric, way of saying that time doesn't always flow for him the way it does for most people.
* In ''Film/ErnestSavesChristmas'', Ernest gives a spoof answer involving physics babble.
* Neil asks Charlie this in ''Film/TheSantaClause'' stating that Santa somehow slows down time.
* In the new ''Film/MiracleOn34thStreet'', Kris Kringle explains that time slows down as he delivers presents.
* {{Inverted| trope}} in the movie ''{{Film/Elf}}''. Buddy is confused as to why so many people don't believe in Santa Claus, and wonders who the non-believing children think deliver all the presents. When Papa Elf responds that they believe their parents put the toys there, Buddy scoffs, saying "That's ridiculous! Parents couldn't do all that in one night!"

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Brought up in ''Literature/ArtemisFowl''. The answer is to [[TimeStandsStill stop time]] and get ALL of the elves to chip in on the delivery business.
* In ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'', Death simply states that Hogswatchnight is a special time. One where his manservant Albert can be alive all night, despite having only a few seconds left.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'''s earliest short stories, Harry mentions in passing that Santa doesn't actually hand out toys to anyone but a small amount of children per Christmas.
* In ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears Meet Santa Bear'', Sister Bear asks this to Papa, along with a few other questions about Santa.

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[[folder: Live Action Television ]]

* This question is posed in ''Series/TheNanny'''s animated Christmas episode "Oy to the World":
-->'''Grace:''' Fran, the storm is getting worse. How is Santa going to deliver all the presents?
-->'''Fran:''' Gracie, the man is bigger than Creator/DomDeLuise and he fits through a chimney. Believe me, he can get through a blizzard.
* Oscar the Grouch asks Big Bird this in the classic ''Christmas Eve On Series/SesameStreet''.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* At the end of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' ConceptAlbum ''Christmas In The Stars'', the droids are visited by S. Claus, the son of Santa. He explains that Santa gets help from his family to deliver toys across the galaxy.

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[[folder: Videogames ]]

* According to [[MetalGearSolid Big Boss]], every year Santa establishes a direct hotline with NORAD and they track him. We may never know the details, however, because Huey [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5x6mVUDB6Fw couldn't stop laughing to hear it.]]

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny have the power to move at incredible speeds so they can deliver presents and painted eggs, respectively. Under rare circumstances, they can use this power outside of running deliveries, sending them rocketing up the SuperWeight scale.

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* Website/SFDebris' original story "You Better Watch Out" features a dark backstory to Santa: he was a con man in Austria whose punishment in death is to live up to his description of himself. When he is delivering presents, time is stopped, and when he wakes up the next morning, it's Christmas Eve the following year.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In an animated ''ComicStrip/FamilyCircus'' special, Jeffy asks Billy this, and Billy says Santa [[TimeStandsStill has a watch that stops time]].
* Grimly [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' "The Road to the North Pole", where keeping this up turned the workshop into a NightmarishFactory, and nearly gave Santa a fatal HeroicRROD.
* This is mentioned in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' episode "[[YesVirginia Yes, Mikey]], Santa Does Shave", in which Mikey attempts to prove that Santa is real and indeed ''can'' deliver all those toys. Gretchen counters that a man of his size could not fit through the chimney and that the speed he would need to travel at is simply impossible.
* The concept behind ''WesternAnimation/PrepAndLanding'' is that an elite team of ChristmasElves go ahead of Santa to prep each home for his arrival. It doesn't explain everything, but it does imply that the elves do most of the heavy lifting.
** Although the short feature "Prep and Landing: Secret Santa" implies that St. Nick started by himself and brought the elves on as his enterprise expanded. (And the elves get a pension implying ''they'' can eventually retire.)
* In the animated film, ''WesternAnimation/ArthurChristmas'', its revealed that all the presents get delivered by Santa's high-tech operation hidden beneath the north pole. [[http://www.google.com/imgres?q=ArthurChristmas&hl=en&sa=G&biw=1600&bih=657&gbv=2&tbm=isch&tbnid=tMwYdPep4qW4tM:&imgrefurl=http://collider.com/arthur-christmas-movie-trailer-james-mcavoy/63546/&docid=DwZwZ8UCc__InM&imgurl=http://www.collider.com/wp-content/uploads/arthur_christmas_movie_trailer_image_01.jpg&w=852&h=460&ei=sUOnTpu-GYeZOtDq9Y0J&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=1247&vpy=252&dur=8120&hovh=165&hovw=306&tx=190&ty=57&sig=107951384722673391273&page=1&tbnh=95&tbnw=176&start=0&ndsp=24&ved=1t:429,r:15,s:0 And here is the EXTREMELY high-tech sleigh]]
** This is only after the original sleigh is retired following a snafu with the previous Santa, who was detected by world governments who tried to shoot him down. Until then, Santas really did use a sleigh pulled by reindeer using magical pixie dust. While the new high-tech sleigh, called S-1, is larger by several orders of magnitude, it's also designed using modern stealth technology and even has active camouflage.
* The ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' AnAssKickingChristmas episode gives us an atypical explanation; instead of going out in a reindeer-pulled sleigh, Santa ''teleports'' the gifts directly to homes, with Christmas trees acting as homing beacons.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': Danny's parents argue over whether Santa Claus is real or not. Maddie reasons that it would be impossible for someone to travel around the world at a high enough speed to do it in one night without being burned up.

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[[folder: Other ]]

* One December issue of a children's science magazine responded to this question with a theory involving [[OurWormholesAreDifferent wormholes]].
* According to humorist Gene Weingarten, to reach all of the roughly 2 billion children on earth in 24 hours would require Santa to go at a speed approaching lightspeed, which on the first stop [[BlackComedy would destroy the world and all the little kiddies]].
* In a Finnish newspaper comic ''Väinämöisen paluu'' ("[[Literature/TheKalevala Vainamoinen Returns]]") the explanation of time-stopping hourglass is used. And then the FridgeLogic is played for all its worth, stating that Santa needs to work nonstop for weeks of subjective time, and needs intensive therapy every time to get over the stress and sleep deprivation.
* A few TV specials suggest Santa air drops some or many of his gifts while flying over houses, as one way of speeding up delivery of his packages to everyone (without having to physically go into every home). This is seen in a few of the Flintstones Christmas specials, plus the end credits of ''RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer''.
* Several websites and news outlets do segments around Christmas Eve calculating how fast Santa would have to travel in order to accomplish his task in one day, usually defined as being December 24th in whatever local time zone he was in at the moment. Specific calculations vary depending on assumptions made: how long he has to visit each household, whether he visits every household on Earth or only where Christmas is widely celebrated, whether Santa can only travel after dark, etc. The path plotted generally go east to west to take advantage of the Earth's rotation as much as possible. Conclusions range from around Mach 5 to [[FTLTravel faster than the speed of light]].

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