Three Months Until Christmas

Three Months Until Christmas

Happy Monday! It is the 24th day of September and that means there are officially now only 3 months to Christmas. Go crazy!

If you could walk the streets of North Pole Village you would think it was the first of December. There are elves everywhere. Every department here a the North Pole is humming. The workshop is going 24 hours a day and we are receiving new shipments of materials every day. There are plastics and metals and cloth and all manner of screws, nails and glue showing up all the time. Yet the elves there hardly look like they are working at all. Everyone is moving at a good pace but it is deliberate — very careful. The quality marks are off the charts there this year.

And production is up! In fact, I dare say that Santa’s new workshop is ahead of schedule.

But that’s not all. The sleigh designers are already testing new sleigh designs. It’s crazy because there is barely 12 feet of snow on the ground and yet there they are out there already doing ground tests. I have never seen them doing that at this point in the year.

The wrapping department is also already hard at work. They have more elves over there than ever before and with how fast the workshop is working the guys and gals in wrapping have to keep things snappy.

The offices are all busy here too. I can tell you that the websites we offer will ALL have exciting updates this year. There will be redesigns and increased news and information. In fact, in a meeting last week Santa charged what he calls the “web elves” to work a little harder and to be prepared to work around the clock come December.

The same is true of the Santa tracker effort. Santa says it will be bigger than ever!

I know for many of you the weather is still warm and in some places it still feels a bit like summer. I know many others do not get around to visiting us here until after Halloween is over.

That’s okay. We will wait for you.

I just hope you can catch up on all the news when you return!

Elf Ernest

Suprise Return of Reindeer to the North Pole

Suprise Return of Reindeer to the North Pole

Breaking NewsSuch big news to report!

Yesterday afternoon I was taking a class at the North Pole Flight Command Center. I’m trying to learn to be an air traffic controller here at the North Pole. No, I’m not changing jobs. Santa wants all elves every year to learn to do another job — it is something we spend a lot of time on. I thought this year I would study to become one of those guys in the Flight Command Center who keep track of sleighs coming and going all the time at the sleigh port.

Anyway — there I was, taking a quiz on bad weather flight patterns, when all of a sudden — loud alarms started going off everywhere. We all nearly jumped out of our skin. For one really quick second everybody looked at each other in disbelief. Then, all the elves who knew what they were doing jumped into action.

Soon these talented elves — all air traffic controllers, sleigh pilots or other kinds of flight specialists — were all pointing and looking to the southern horizon, saying a very large body of something was in flight and heading for the North Pole.

Within the seconds they recognized that this flying mass was actually Santa’s reindeer, all returning from their summer journeys to their homes around the world. Soon, everyone was cheering! What an exciting moment to be in the flight tower!

The reindeer are early — very early. And they arrived by the thousands — new ones, old ones, reindeer with no experience and reindeer with great skill. All manner of reindeer who work for Santa have arrived at the North Pole.

I quickly took my regular chair in the Public Relations department and started making phone calls. I wasn’t messing around: I called Santa directly.

He confirmed that he did indeed send for the reindeer. Santa said it was time for them to “get to work”.

I’m not sure what reindeer do each year to get ready for Christmas but they are here now and darn if they don’t start training today at the North Pole.

Normally this doesn’t happen until after Halloween. So this is very unusual.

But it has put everyone here at the North Pole in a very good mood. Last night, after dinner, many elves and their families wandered over to the Reindeer Barn to see some of their favorite reindeer. Everyone seemed so happy to see each other — like a little family reunion.

I don’t know why Santa’s reindeer are here now but they are and the reindeer, like the rest of us, are now very busy getting ready for Christmas.

We will keep you posted.

Elf Ernest

Santa Urges Elves to Get Busy

Santa Urges Elves to Get Busy

Hiya!

Meetings, meetings and more meetings! That has been the order this week as Santa has told elves here to “step on the gas!” in getting Operation Merry Christmas 2018 off the ground.

Everything is now running at an accelerated pace.

The meetings began with Santa announcing that the workshop transition is complete and that production in the workshop is fantastically ahead of schedule as a result. He has declared this to be a “trouble free Christmas” and he wants every department ready to deliver ahead of schedule.

That means starting a little earlier on the things.

The sleigh designers, for example, were instructed to get a test flight going on the new sleigh this next week.

The reindeer training schedule and the Reindeer Games have been moved up.

The Spit, Polish and Shine Division has been instructed to have no delays with the bells this year. The Wrapping Department was ordered to expand staff, step up training and to order more and more tape. Even the eggnog makers have been challenged to do more and to do it earlier.

The most exciting stuff may be for you Santa trackers out there. When Santa announced his goals for tracker recruitment this year people here gasped. I think we will see those guys get to work right away!

We are less than 100 days to launch. And things are in a high gear here at the North Pole.

Elf Ernest