The Reindeer Department made a surprise announcement today, just about a week after the reindeer returned to the North Pole. The annual Reindeer Games will kick off on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
Usually the Reindeer Games fall just after Thanksgiving. No reason was given for the sudden change from tradition.
The games run for four days, meaning the opening ceremonies will kick off and competition will begin on Saturday. Sunday will be an off day, then the games will run Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The winner of the games should be known by Wednesday, November 22nd.
The surprise change in the schedule is catching some in the North Pole media off guard. Nearly 60,000 reindeer returned to the North Pole, including the entire 2-year old class, which are usually the youngest reindeer involved in the games.
There are so many of them that the “experts” – meaning reindeer trainers and those who report on the games in the North Pole media – just do not know who the potential competitors are.
“Everyone knows Donner and Blitzen,” said Elf Diedre Hickson, a reindeer games organizer in the Reindeer Department. “But nobody knows who Felicity is, or who Goober is, or who Wilton is.” (Supposedly those are three of the two-year old class this year).
Tryouts for the games will need to begin this week, with races scheduled next week so that all qualifying events can be held in time for the games to begin.
For more information about the Reindeer Games, please listen to the North Pole Radio News report in the player above.