A man dressed as Santa Claus rides his sleigh near the Santa Claus Office located on the Arctic Circle near Rovaniemi, Finland Dec. 13, 2018 (Reuters/Attila Cser)
At the Santa Claus Village in Lapland, a team of elves are on hand to go through the 30,000 letters that arrive daily in the final run-up to Christmas.
Sent from children all over the world, each letter asks Santa to leave them gifts under their Christmas trees as a reward for being good during the year.
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Sitting in his chamber reading the letters, Santa revealed what he would like for Christmas in his annual message on Monday.
"Our friend nature has been in trouble for a while now and now we all can give one gift together, we can help nature. I wish you all a Merry Christmas," he said before riding off on his sleigh.