Charlie is full of wide-eyed wonder and excitement at the thought of his father becoming Santa. From the minute the old one fell off the roof to his antics at school, Charlie is excitedly making connections—between what he read in the Christmas book and what is going on around him. He embraces it wholeheartedly and becomes excited with the idea that Scott is now Santa, about returning to the North Pole, and going “into the family business” one day. His fantastical thinking makes his family worried about him not being grounded enough, and they attempt to convince him Santa does not exist by keeping him away from his father, whom they think is reinforcing his strange obsession. Charlie is quick to bring “innovation” to the North Pole. He comes up with ways to improve the sleigh and keep his father safer; Bernard says this is the most improvement they’ve seen in centuries. He hates people fighting around him, and is quite sensitive to criticism. Charlie goes through a “brat” phase in his teen years, where it’s all about him, his feelings, and how much he has suffered from not being able to tell people the truth about what his dad does. He doesn’t want his dad to find happiness with his principle, because Charlie doesn’t like her. But he comes around and returns to his warm-hearted, good-natured self. He connects easily to his little sister, because they have a shared experience in needing to keep the truth about “Uncle Scott” a secret. Charlie refuses to accept whatever Neil says about Santa not existing, and argues with him about space dimensions and how chimneys can ‘suck’ Santa through them into the homes downstairs. He asks Neil if he’s ever seen a million dollars and if not, how he knows if it exists or not. Charlie later becomes somewhat cynical and frustrated with having to keep his secret and acts out in progressively creative ways.

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Charlie has a vivid imagination and is full of excitement and plans for the future and all the wonderful times he is going to be having at the North Pole. He’d much rather stay there for a month and excitedly work on improving the sleigh than stay home with his mom (or even worry much about her reaction to his disappearance). He isn’t scared to ride in the sleigh, but sees it as a grand, spectacular adventure. Once he becomes bored in school, Charlie starts acting out and not much caring about the consequences. He especially rebels against the principle, because he sees her as someone who cripples the “fun” the entire school could be having by refusing to put up any Christmas decorations. Charlie is also cautious and wants his father to be safe, so he designs a foolproof system that should keep his dad safe when he’s delivering presents, including a microphone in his hat and, of course, the essentials in life—a hot chocolate and cookie dispenser!