When I was young everything about Santa was a magical. The way he knew what everyone wanted. How he could tell who was naughty and nice. Flying all over the world in a few hours delivering presents. And squeezing down chimneys!

Now that I’m older I realize Santa is really a technology innovator. He uses social media feeds and text analytics to monitor who is naughty and nice in real-time. It’s not reindeer but drones that deliver the presents. How else could he cover the whole world and fit down chimneys? The drones use edge processing capabilities to optimize route delivery based on real-time geographic location and weather data. And of course IoT sensor data is constantly analyzed to predict any issues with the drones to ensure the children get their presents.

Given my new perspective I decided to write this Christmas poem.

It was the night before Christmas and at the North Pole,

The elves were monitoring social media feeds to see who would get coal.

As the Naughty and Nice list blinked green and red,

A commotion broke out about the weather ahead.

The Chief Data Officer said, please let’s have calm,

The machine learning algorithms shouldn’t take long.

And sure enough in a blink of the eye,

The delivery drones were reprogrammed and ready to fly.

Saint Nick just smiled as he looked at his wrist,

And with a touch of his smart watch, the rotors did twist.

To the top of the hangar! And over the wall!

Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!

As the drones flew away into the snow,

The IoT sensors were streaming the show.

Down the chimneys with hardly a sound,

They went right to work spreading presents around.

And when they were done, a recording did play,

Of jolly St. Nick wishing happy holidays.

Echoing softly as the drones flew out of sight,

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

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