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~ The Many Sides of The Jolly Old Elf ~

Santa Claus waves to children in Chicago paradeSanta Claus is one of the most elusive people in the world, with boys and girls hoping to catch a peek of the jolly elf delivering gifts under their tree. While most may never see Santa Claus, a national survey shows he's an average guy.

According to the 2001 Annual General Growth Properties Santa Survey of more than 130 shopping mall Santas, the average Santa weighs approximately 220 pounds and stands five-foot-nine. Depending on the Santa you ask, he's anywhere between 52 and 1,700 years old. You ask: ``1,700 years old?'' He looks good for his age. More than half (55%) graduated from high school, 35-percent from college and 10-percent continuing on to graduate school.

After spending the majority of the year at the North Pole, 25-percent of the Santas surveyed plan to head to South Florida after the holidays, followed by Mexico (15%) and Colorado (10%). Other hot spots of those Santas surveyed include Shreveport, Louisiana (5%), Flagstaff, Arizona (5%) and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (5%). Santa doesn't take a long vacation. A few days off and it's back to the North Pole.

Judging by the amount of wrapping paper used to wrap all the good boys' and girls' gifts, it seems there will be more ``nice'' boys and girls than ``naughty'' this year. Seventy-five percent of the Santas surveyed expect to use more than 30-million square feet of wrapping paper. That's enough wrapping paper to cover 700 football fields.

Santa and one of his reindeer
Santa delivers gifts to millions of homes around the world. In consideration of time, he must have a sleigh that can handle a tough load. The survey shows only five percent of the GGP Santas prefer the old-fashioned 9-reindeer powered sleigh for delivering gifts.

It's no wonder how Santa keeps his jolly figure. Of those surveyed, 70-percent said cookies and ice-cream contribute to their 43-inch waistline. Many of the Santas surveyed said they try and exercise every day. The Santas prefer walking (55%) to any other exercise.

It seems the girls and boys like to grill Santa with many questions. The top question seems to be "Why are there other Santas at other malls?'' The GGP Santas all responded by saying "You never know who the real Santa might be.''

                        2001 GENERAL GROWTH PROPERTIES
                             SANTA SURVEY RESULTS
                   (other random survey questions/results)

     STATS (average)
     HEIGHT:    5' 9"
     WEIGHT:    218
     WAIST:     43"
     AGE:       52--1,700

     EDUCATION LEVEL
     High School         55%
     College             35%
     Grad School         10%

     FAVORITE HOLIDAY SONG
     "Here Comes Santa Claus"           30%
     "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer"   15%
     "Little Drummer Boy"               10%
     "Silent Night"                     10%
     "I'll Be Home for Christmas"       10%
     "White Christmas"                  10%
     "Lively Christmas Jingles"          5%
     "The Christmas Song"                5%
     "Night Before Christmas"            5%

     FAVORITE SPORTS TEAMS
     Green Bay Packers                  15%
     No Favorite                        15%
     Kansas City Chiefs                  5%
     Florida State Seminoles             5%
     Texas Rangers                       5%
     Minnesota Vikings                   5%
     Miami Dolphins                      5%
     Tampa Bay Lightning                 5%
     Nebraska Cornhuskers                5%
     North Pole Wrappers                 5%
     Vancouver Canucks                   5%
     Georgia Tech                        5%
     University of Florida               5%
     Tennessee Titans                    5%
     Michigan State Spartans             5%
     San Diego Chargers                  5%

     FAVORITE COOKIES
     Chocolate Chip                     45%
     Oatmeal                            15%
     Macadamia                          10%
     All Cookies                        10%
     Old Fashioned German                5%
     Peanut Butter                       5%
     Ginger Snap                         5%

     FAVORITE BEVERAGE TO GO WITH THE COOKIES
     Milk                               45%
     Hot Chocolate                      15%
     Root Beer                          10%
     Coffee                             10%
     Coke                                5%
     Water                               5%
     Hot Tea                             5%
SOURCE: General Growth Properties, Inc. 

General Growth Properties, Inc. is an S&P 500 company focused exclusively on owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping high quality retail properties throughout the United States. GGP is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol GGP. For more information General Growth Properties, visit the corporate web site at www.generalgrowth.com .

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