Christmas is without a doubt the most anticipated, most heavily promoted holiday in America. But what does Christmas really cost? Making gifts for millions of children at a workshop in one of the world's most remote locations is no easy feat, but Santa Claus has been making it happen for centuries. Let's take a look (with tongue planted firmly in cheek) at what it might take to maintain such an operation.

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