Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! Though posts are a bit more intermittent these days, they’ll be back in some degree of regularity after the holidays.

In the mean time, just imagine how much easier Santa’s job would be if people weren’t so spread out. Like all of us, Santa wastes more time in transit when people live in sprawling, needlessly low-density communities. That means Santa also expends more resources — reindeer feed, flying sleigh magic, personal stamina, etc. — just getting from place to place. The result is that he can’t spend those resources on presents for all of us. In other words, just like parents who would have more time and money to spend on their kids if they didn’t commute so much, Santa could be even more giving if we would just build better cities.

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