The incredible science that goes into the annual globe circling gift deluge carried out by the mysterious resident of the North Pole and his helpers, not to mention his souped up reindeer, has not gone uninvestigated by physicists, engineers, mathematicians and the mavens of academia. Here's their take on what will make tonight's adventures of Santa Claus and his helpers possible. Like all important figures from history, even those who only show up once each year, Santa's ancestry has not gone unmarked, as Jeffrey Vallance shows in a report presented by Loren Coleman as Santa's Family Tree, with multiple images. And Coleman reveals what he and Patrick Huyghe described in their 1999 book The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates, detailing a Christmas Day incident from 1953, as noted in A Cryptid Christmas Story. Odor has much to do with the report and will come up again in this post, as you'll see below. But first there is more on the wee folk, of which Santa Claus is said to be one, in two reports resurrected by Richard Muirhead and presented as Hill of the Pixies Part One and Part Two. And please don't wrinkle up your nose when Dr. Beachcombing continues with his fairy fetish, wondering What Do Fairies Smell Of? The answer he exhumed from his enviable library isunexpectedly unforgettable. Even if you should be staying up late to catch Santa in the act tonight, catching a whiff of the "jolly old elf" and his helpers could keep you from nodding off. Just a few more notes on the elusive red-clad figure should prepare you for tonight's events, and you'll find some final notes in Jeff Belanger's report Santa is a Legend Not a Lie and the latest Micah Hanks online airing of The Gralien Report Podcast for December 21, 2011.