There was a time when that would have been the case. But now, thanks to technology, he can kick back and relax longer. With his cell phone, he can keep in contact with those elves, and thanks to Skype, he can see just what's going on back there in winter wonderland while he sips that Mai Tai in his hammock on the beach. WiFi--what an invention! He can keep an eye on Rudolph and the rest of his four-legged transportation specialists, too,
But don't you worry--he'll be back on the job any day now, assuming his flight back isn't on Northwest Airlines. They could miss the North Pole completely and land somewhere in Siberia! (That's if the pilots nap time or video game time conflicts with the flight.) No... I trust that come Christmas Eve, he'll be suited up, buckled in, and ready to roll! (or fly!) The question is: will you be ready for him? Ho! Ho! Ho!