Santa is done. Surrounded by elves, the exhausted portly one spoke of his first round-the-world trip in his new high-tech sleigh. He was interviewed by International Business Times' A New Yorker's Opinion at the Blarney Rose at the North Pole, having a post-trip libation with his elfin pit crew. He also released a photo of his new high-tech sleigh, giving this reporter an exclusive first look.

It was challenging, especially the new sleigh. [Here, here and here.] When I had to pull the reindeer into their special reindeer nacelles and hit the scramjet to go hypersonic, he said in the exclusive interview. But except for a bit of mushiness on the rudder at such high altitudes, we were doing fine. After all, doing 3,800 MPH at Mach 5, especially at high altitude will test your touch with the controls, no matter how much experience you have.

The scram-sleigh can go from London to New York in under an hour, according to reports from Physics Central.

Santa, of course, has been flying a long time. According to Wikipedia, he began logging hours under the name of Saint Nicholas of Myra. [He] is the primary inspiration for the Christian figure of Sinterklaas. He was a 4th century Greek Christian bishop of Myra (now Demre) in Lycia, a province of the Byzantine Anatolia, now in Turkey. Nicholas was famous for his generous gifts to the poor, in particular presenting the three impoverished daughters of a pious Christian with dowries so that they would not have to become prostitutes.[8] He was very religious from an early age and devoted his life entirely to Christianity.

But regardless of religious affiliations, children everywhere have come to believe that the gentle, bearded high-flier rewards their good deeds each year, and helps the less fortunate to find some comfort during the holiday season out of the kindness of his great heart.