We are receiving happy reports from Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and the South Pole of folks gathering to celebrate Christmas Eve at this hour. We have our own Christmas Eve party here at the North Pole to prepare for as well.
Eventually the work of Operation Merry Christmas will stop for many of us after Santa launches and the workshop is closed for the year. We don’t know what hour that will be but once everything is complete things really start to rock at the North Pole Christmas Eve Party. We all gather in the big room at the Claus residence where the boys from the Tracking Department have set up a large screen so we can watch Santa on the sleigh cam. To my knowledge, we are the only people in the world who have that honor.
We will sing, dance, play games and eat all the great food Mrs. Claus prepares as we watch Santa fly around the world. One of the most popular activities of the night is the Sugar Cookie Pool. That is where elves bet sugar cookies to see who can guess the exact time that Santa will return to the North Pole. We stay up all day and all night and all day again as Santa flies around the world. We are really tired by the time he gets back!
— Elf Ernest
Direct from Santa’s Newsroom at the North Pole
Estimated Time to Launch: 13 hours
Current North Pole Weather: 16 Degrees, Heavy Snow, High Winds
Command Center Status: All systems are go, all lights are green
Santa’s Status: Somewhere in Europe
Reindeer Status: Resting
Santa’s Workshop Status: 86% complete, still working
Santa’s Sleigh Status: 60% ready, sleigh bell repair underway
Wrapping Department Status: 55% complete, emergency contingency plans deployed
North Pole Christmas Party Readiness: 85% complete; Squirt guns being loaded.
North Pole Medical Center Report: No new cases of sickness reported
North Pole Post Office Status: 54% complete, full staff working — stocking mail overflowing
Latest Secret Spy Reports: Roof damage reported in Austin, Texas; rough gangs reported in Chino Hills, California; Hot weather reported in Recife, Brazil.
Where it is Christmas Eve now: Australia, New Zealand, Micronesia
Where it is Christmas morning now: Nowhere