As the calendar rolls into October the Reindeer Department has announced that until further notice they will not be posting a calendar of reindeer events for this year.
Without reindeer being here and with no information about when they will return the Reindeer Department team cannot proceed with several annual events that elves at the North Pole traditionally look forward to each season.
The reindeer seldom return back to the North Pole together. They usually come in a few at a time, usually in late summer. A couple a day come in at first, then larger groups appear and eventually it feels like they arrive each day by the thousands.
So far this year none have arrived. Not one.
We have seen some of the reindeer working the test flights of Santa’s sleigh a few times here and there over the months. They come in to be taken care of during rest periods or for medical treatment if they get injured.
And there are always a few reindeer at the North Pole year round that serve personal needs for Santa’s family and any of the elves.
But the reindeer who pull Santa’s sleigh and who work on Operation Merry Christmas are not back. We’re talking like 60,000 reindeer.
So their absence is very much felt right now. For more about these canceled events please listen to the North Pole Radio News report in the player above.