Every year, we marvel at Santa Claus’ extraordinary feat of delivering toys to boys and girls all over the world. While it’s impossible for any mortal to match what Santa accomplishes in a single night, he does have down-to-earth counterparts in freight terminals and truck stops across the nation: truckers.
Think about it. Over the course of a year, truckers probably move about as much freight as Santa does and often in tougher conditions. After all, Santa doesn’t have to contend with heavy traffic, road construction, tolls or inspections. Both truckers and Santa leave behind their homes and families to get the job done.
Santa and truckers both have to meet impossibly tight delivery deadlines and follow complicated routes. While both deliver toys and coal, truckers also haul everything from auto parts to zucchini. Santa doesn’t get paid, and truckers don’t get paid enough.
Both have big hearts and a soft spot for children. Both have a mystique about them and appear larger than life. Most importantly, truck drivers, like Santa Claus, are absolutely necessary for the holidays.
Here’s a chart comparing and contrasting Santa Claus and truck drivers:
|Comparison||Santa Claus||Truck Driver|
|Schedule||1 (very long) night a year||Several hundred nights a year|
|Power Source||Reindeer and magic||Diesel engine|
|Cargo||Toys and coal||Everything|
|Diet||Cookies and milk||Jerky and Mountain Dew|
|Clothing||Red suit, boots and stocking cap||Jeans, flannel, boots and baseball cap|
|Red Tape||No weight scales or HOS for Santa||Enough for the world’s biggest bow|
|Physique||Hefty||All shapes and sizes|
|Record-keeping||A list checked twice||Electronic logs|
|Communication||Letters||CB radio and smartphone|
|Maneuverability||Lands on rooftops||Backs into loading docks|
|Star of TV and Movies||Check||Check|
|Has Own Music Genre||Check||Check|
|Makes People Happy||Check||Check|