<div id="tzfbm"><tr id="tzfbm"><object id="tzfbm"></object></tr></div>
<delect id="tzfbm"></delect>
<em id="tzfbm"><tr id="tzfbm"></tr></em>

    <delect id="tzfbm"><ins id="tzfbm"></ins></delect>

    <div id="tzfbm"></div>
    <dl id="tzfbm"><ol id="tzfbm"></ol></dl>

    <div id="tzfbm"><ol id="tzfbm"></ol></div>

    <em id="tzfbm"><tr id="tzfbm"></tr></em>
    <div id="tzfbm"><ol id="tzfbm"></ol></div>
    <em id="tzfbm"></em>

    <div id="tzfbm"></div>
    <progress id="tzfbm"><span id="tzfbm"></span></progress>

    <div id="tzfbm"></div>
    In North Pole, Alaska, the Christmas Pressure Is on Year-Round

    A Christmas Visit to North Pole, Alaska


    The city of North Pole does its best to live up to the name.

    The city of North Pole does its best to live up to its name. Its streets are called things like “Snowman Lane,” “Holiday Road,” and “St Nicholas Drive”; its lampposts sport jolly red stripes all year round; and a former city council member is legally named Santa Claus. But it’s rather a large responsibility for such a modest place.

    North Pole comprises some four square miles of Alaska midland, bookended by an army base to the northeast and Eielson Air Force Base to the southwest. Settled, for a time, as the Davis homestead, it was sold to developers in the 1950s and renamed to attract toy manufacturers. (What came instead were a pair of oil refineries, the larger of which supplied jet fuel to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport before it was shuttered in 2014.) “It’s not a one stoplight town, but it’s maybe like a three-stoplight town,” photographer Chris Maggio said after recent visit. The main attraction is the Santa Claus House; a large, perennially festive country store flanked by an ice sculpture park and a pen of live reindeer (also known as the “Antler Academy”). But beyond the House’s bounds, North Pole is mostly just a conservative, working-class community of 2,200 people in a singularly unforgiving landscape. Come wintertime—just when the city should be its most charming—temperatures dip to a prohibitively cool one degree or lower. “I would say the cheer there comes in fits and starts,” Maggio says. “The sunlight from dawn to dusk lasts about three and a half hours in December.”

    But Alaskans are made of hardy stuff. Not only do North Polers seem impervious to the cold, but they’ve also shouldered the city’s particular burdens with verve characteristic of the state. As the holidays roll around, and letters addressed to Santa (the fictive one, not the local politician) arrive by the thousands, the people of North Pole and neighboring Fairbanks divide and conquer; convening at churches and schools to mail back pre-typed responses. (Santa’s Letters, a non-profit established expressly for this purpose, accepts donations for paper, envelopes, and stamps all year.) Maggio was amazed at their diligence. “Whether they’re into the tradition of Christmas being linked to them or not, these tough Alaskans realize that it’s their duty” to send letters, he says. “It feels very foisted upon them, but you won’t hear a single person complain … Everybody was just kind of going with it.” Jason Donald, a North Pole mailman and co-founder of Santa’s Letters, sees things that way, too. “We embrace it,” he says. For people living in North Pole, the Christmas thing is “just part of the deal.”

    North Pole has a lot on its mind right now; for one thing, military build-up at the air force base will attract some 3,000 people by 2022. (Donald, a Pennsylvania native, was himself stationed in North Pole in the early nineties.) But the city still has its fun. Over time, its citizens have dreamt up certain traditions of their own, carving out a culture that thrives even after the yuletide. Each year, an honorary King and Queen of North Pole are elected (for 2018-2019, they’re Troy and Angie Hawks of the Hawks Greenhouse); the city boasts an all-female roller derby team called the North Pole Babes in Toyland; and in late May, the “Cruis’n with Santa” Car Show and Street Fair unfolds outside of the Santa Claus House. In the de facto Christmas capital of America, the more is truly the merrier.

     


    Special thanks to Mayor Mike Welch, Goldie Southwood, and Paul Brown.

    大豪门彩票

    <div id="tzfbm"><tr id="tzfbm"><object id="tzfbm"></object></tr></div>
    <delect id="tzfbm"></delect>
    <em id="tzfbm"><tr id="tzfbm"></tr></em>

      <delect id="tzfbm"><ins id="tzfbm"></ins></delect>

      <div id="tzfbm"></div>
      <dl id="tzfbm"><ol id="tzfbm"></ol></dl>

      <div id="tzfbm"><ol id="tzfbm"></ol></div>

      <em id="tzfbm"><tr id="tzfbm"></tr></em>
      <div id="tzfbm"><ol id="tzfbm"></ol></div>
      <em id="tzfbm"></em>

      <div id="tzfbm"></div>
      <progress id="tzfbm"><span id="tzfbm"></span></progress>

      <div id="tzfbm"></div>

      <div id="tzfbm"><tr id="tzfbm"><object id="tzfbm"></object></tr></div>
      <delect id="tzfbm"></delect>
      <em id="tzfbm"><tr id="tzfbm"></tr></em>

        <delect id="tzfbm"><ins id="tzfbm"></ins></delect>

        <div id="tzfbm"></div>
        <dl id="tzfbm"><ol id="tzfbm"></ol></dl>

        <div id="tzfbm"><ol id="tzfbm"></ol></div>

        <em id="tzfbm"><tr id="tzfbm"></tr></em>
        <div id="tzfbm"><ol id="tzfbm"></ol></div>
        <em id="tzfbm"></em>

        <div id="tzfbm"></div>
        <progress id="tzfbm"><span id="tzfbm"></span></progress>

        <div id="tzfbm"></div>
        江苏e球彩怎么玩介绍 上海快三玩法 本站推荐单双中特 12选5任8奖金多少 310体育彩票 七星彩走势图2000期 河南快三玩法中奖规则 彩票销售员一个月多少工资 体彩十一运夺金规则 新曾道人玄机特码诗 安徽十一选五走势图带连线 黑龙江22选5运位走势图 3d组六6码最大遗漏' 选5北京赛车pk10软件 新疆25选7078期开奖