Trackers Activated Over North Pacific

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suradarHere’s an interesting development. Elves working on Santa’s flight path over the Pacific have been put on high alert. That means they are at their stations, watching radar, receiving confidential tracking data, and prepared to report any activity in the skies there.

The Tracking Department confirms that elves in Alaska, Hawaii, Midway, Guam, the Philippines, Marshall Islands, Tonga, Samoa and even as far south as Australia have all been put on high alert.

We don’t know why that would be necessary right now. We will keep you posted.

Elf Ernest

Coming up next: Phone calls and emails of concern flood the North Pole
Where it is Christmas Eve now: Kuwait

Listen as Elf Rusty Belz checks in with a spotter elf in Alaska:

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100 Days until Christmas

elfcomputer2We’re getting a little nervous here at the North Pole. The big countdown clock in the workshop just ticked over to 100 days until Christmas…and that means time is running out.

I’m not talking about the work going on in Santa’s workshop. I’m talking about the new radio broadcast for Christmas this year. It has us all feeling very anxious.

Santa has told us he wants Santa tracking to become more personal. Rather than kids just following him on a map he wants everyone to know the story of Operation Merry Christmas and everything that goes on when Santa flies the world. That means he wants us to report the news and to tell the radio audience all that is going on.

How hard can that be, right?

Well, that is not the hard part. We have been sharing the news of Operation Merry Christmas now for decades here on SantaUpdate.com.

But we haven’t done it in our own voices before.

We’re afraid we’ll get nervous and mess up — or, say something really stupid. Elf Rusty Belz is a radio guy and he has done this for years. So he is not stupid.

But I’m just an elf. And so is Elf Victor and Elf Hugo and Elf Bernard and Elf Gloria and all the others who might end up on the radio.

At first, we thought that maybe Santa wouldn’t want the world to hear our voices. After all, when we travel he always tells us to never let people know that we are elves who work at the North Pole. We thought for sure Santa would want our voices to remain anonymous too.

But he said that was a goofy idea.

“I don’t want you to tell people you are elves when you are out in the world for your own safety,” Santa said. “It isn’t because I want to hide you! Don’t be silly. Let the world hear the smile in your voice, let them hear what a Merry Christmas sounds like. Talk on the radio, report the news!”

So we have been doing practice sessions of our Christmas Eve broadcast. Elf Rusty has been trying to teach us how to pronounce things on the radio and we’re just about ready to do a test program using news from last Christmas as we practice.

I’m so very nervous to do that. All week long Rusty has been trying to teach me how to say “You’re listening to live Updates from the North Pole on Kringle Radio”. I keep messing up by saying “You’re listening to Kringle Radio with live Updates from the North Pole”. Rusty says either way is fine but I know I mess up and then I say “arrrrrgggh!” and Rusty says I just can’t do that on the radio.

We will keep working on it and let you know when we are ready!

— Elf Ernest

Santa Update Moves to Radio to Track Santa

tracksanta250We’re very excited to announce that our 22nd year of tracking Santa on Christmas Eve will be enhanced with LIVE radio updates from the North Pole beginning on December 23rd, 2013, and will be heard on Kringle Radio.

“This is a monumental team effort and a first-of-it’s-kind effort in broadcasting news from my home here at the North Pole,” Santa Claus said. “We have elves around the world and an entire network of broadcast engineers, stations and newscasters who are sacrificing a lot of their time at Christmas to make this happen. The news that breaks here on Santa Update will continue to be shared on the Internet, as it always has. But now that news will be broadcast on the radio, too. It should make it easier than ever to follow me around the world.”

Plans call for these broadcasts to be anchored by Elf Rusty Belz here at the North Pole Santa Tracking Central Command Center. His voice, as well as the voices of Elf Ernest, Elf Victor, Elf Billy, Elf Hugo and others of your favorites here at the North Pole will be heard during the broadcast. Other reporter elves stationed at tracking stations around the globe will also be heard.

The special live broadcast is scheduled to begin on December 23rd, several hours before Santa’s scheduled December 24th launch time. As news updates come in every 15 minutes after Santa launches that information will be broadcast between the regular Christmas music programming at Kringle Radio.

As with all offerings from Santa and the North Pole, these broadcasts will be presented without commercial messaging. (Santa has nothing to sell).

The radio broadcast will be produced by Elf Ernest, Santa’s Vice President of Public Relations and Chief Goodwill Ambassador.

Chaos at the North Pole With Christmas Eve Just a Week Away

We have big troubles at the North Pole today. Everything seems to be happening at once and not much of it is very good.

The news from Santa’s workshop continues to be pretty tough. We had a blizzard here the other day that knocked out power for a time. That isn’t really big news and it isn’t a real to stop or even slow down production in Santa’s workshop. Elves, in fact, work very well in the dark — usually. But the line for new dolls was working right next to the line for army action figures and somehow in the dark the elves started putting doll heads on army guys. More than 40,000 of the lousy toys made it through the Wrapping Department, which was also in the dark, before the mistake was caught. Elf Wally says the elves in Wrapping are still unwrapping the mistake.

If you get one of these toys for Christmas, Santa apologizes.

Mrs. Claus had some trouble this week too. A small fire in the North Pole kitchen accidently destroyed Mrs. Claus’ sugar cookie recipe. It was the only written copy she had of the recipe. Mrs. Claus has been making the same sugar cookies for decades and knows the recipe by heart but she is still upset that this happened.

And Elf Quinton is very unhappy with Santa’s sleigh. He finally solved the problem with the stability of the sleigh but even when he hitches up 30 of Santa’s fastest reindeer to it he cannot get it to fly at the high speeds that Santa needs to get around the world in one night. “If we had three days to deliver we could use this sleigh,” Elf Quinton said. While he still has time to work it out Elf Quinton said he might still have to use last year’s sleigh on Christmas Eve.

I can tell folks are getting a little nervous here at the North Pole. Folks look at the clock alot and many elves seem to be running from project to project. I have seen Santa for several days and I don’t know where he is to call him about it. But I’m sure he would tell me that everything will be fine.

— Elf Ernest

Click here to listen to this Santa Update made for Merry Christmas Radio by Elf Rusty Belz

Reindeer Games Reveal Some Surprises, Work Moves Forward on Santa’s Sleigh

The reindeer games continue at the North Pole as Santa’s crew works to get everyone ready to fly on Christmas Eve. The games are as much about getting ready as they are about fun. For a reindeer to fly for Santa he has to be in the best shape possible.

I checked in with Elf Victor this morning to see how Cupid’s recovery is coming along. If you recall, Cupid suffered a slight injury recently.

“Cupid is doing great” Elf Victor told me. “The crack in is hoof is growing back together and there has been no signs of infection with it. He has been walking on it just fine and hasn’t been favoring that leg at all. Cupid should be good to start training again in another week.”

“The one that has me worried right now is Blitzen.” Elf Victor said. “He just hasn’t been himself recently. He usually eats all of his oats and the last couple of days he hasn’t been eating very much at all. He’s also been a bit cranky. He normally will let any of the staff pet him and he loves to get his fur brushed. Today he has been hiding at the back of his stall and kicks at anyone who comes near him. I got him to calm down enough to take his temperature but its right where it should be. He doesn’t show any signs of the Bah Hum Bug virus so I don’t think that’s it. I isolated him away from the other reindeer before I came over here just in case. Elf Dr. Spock is working with him right now and hopefully he can figure out what’s going on soon.” Elf Victor also said he planned to call Santa about it tonight.

In other news, Elf Quinton is still working on Santa’s sleigh. He had it in pieces in his workshop trying to figure out why it has problems staying upright with more reindeer hitched to it. It is driving him crazy but he thinks there is still plenty of time before Christmas Eve to get it worked out. And the team that works on the finishing touches to the sleigh is right now in the process of tuning Santa’s new bells. For more information on that, listed to the report from Elf Rusty Belz in the link listed below.

— Elf Ernest

Click here to listen to the latest broadcast from the North Pole Newsroom by Elf Rusty Belz