Santa is typically depicted as an obese man, or at least far heftier than a traditional chimneysweep.

He also is known to visit homes all around the world in a single night, and is typically credited with entry via chimney.

Given these two facts, he must be able to enter and exit through a chimney with very little delay (no extended crawling or squeezing). Is there any canon explanation for how this can occur?

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    Magic. He's a wiz—uh, Santa, and he uses magic. – jwodder Dec 25 '13 at 20:04
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    scifi.stackexchange is for questions about existing works of fiction, i.e. about canon in the sense of “A group of literary works that are generally accepted as representing a field.” There is no such group of literary works regarding Santa that I’m aware of; there is no “Santa canon”. – Paul D. Waite Dec 25 '13 at 20:52
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is not about a specific work of fiction. – Paul D. Waite Dec 25 '13 at 20:53
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    @Jeff: Man, I’m getting the festive spirit aren’t I? Also: Merry Christmas! – Paul D. Waite Dec 25 '13 at 21:03
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    Santa is a probability wave, and chimneys act as a diffraction grating. Where you get peaks, presents, and troughs, no presents. Quantum effects of goodness and naughtiness affect the wave pattern. (bonus - gets around the need to travel). :) – Philip from Australia Dec 26 '13 at 15:26

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is sci-fi. In the movie, Santa, and the children he rescued, escaped through a small air duct. When asked how he did it he said:

"Well, well now, you wouldn't want me to tell my secret would you?"

So in this canon, there is no explanation. It's just a holiday miracle. Happy holidays.

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