Okay, okay — quit pestering me with all the emails!
Yes, whatever it is that Santa is building continues to grow here at the North Pole. Next to the Sleigh Barn a giant building has gone up in the past few weeks.
Now, it is not as huge as the Building with No Name that was the talk of Christmas a few years ago. But still, it is pretty big and I can tell you right now — so far — that building is empty.
Santa is making no effort to hide what he is doing — even if he isn’t talking about it. All I can tell you is that he and an elf work crew put up that building and now they are locked away behind closed doors in the Sleigh Barn building something else.
Meanwhile, I heard that Santa expects Elf Victor to be coming home in a few days. And, from what I’m being told, he is bringing a lot of reindeer with him.
I don’t know what that is all about either.
We have a lot of reindeer here at the North Pole now and many of them at this time of the year don’t know what to do with themselves. Maybe Victor is bringing them some new friends to play with.
Anyway, I think we need a few days before we know for sure what Santa is building.
We expect to have a lot of news for you during Christmas-in-July. In fact, a lot of fun stuff is planned.
So whatever news this is of Santa I hope he gets it out of the way quickly so we can get on with the fun stuff.
It isn’t unusual to see Santa hard at work at the North Pole. But it is unusual to see him outside with big drawings, earth movers, dump trucks and talking with elf surveyors.
Just east of the Reindeer barns Santa has been working all week long. He has met with engineers, elf construction specialists, and lots of people from the North Pole Research and Development Department.
What can Santa be up to?
Nobody really seems to know.
However, I did see Elf Victor in a meeting with Santa on Monday morning. Then Elf Victor left the North Pole late Monday afternoon. He did not say where he was going but he did say he would be back soon.
If Elf Victor is up to something you can bet it has something to do with the reindeer.
Santa doesn’t seem to be in a hurry with whatever this project is.
All I know is that it involves an awful lot of wood. The lumber has been arriving at the North Pole for days now and it is stacked high out by the Sleigh Barn.
In fact, the Sleigh Barn seems to be the headquarters for all whatever this special project is.
I will try to find out for you what is going on. But whatever it is, it is employing a lot of Santa’s time and it is taking up a lot of space.
I just spoke to Elf Victor by phone. He says the reindeer are ready to fly.
Unlike last year when the reindeer didn’t even return to the North Pole until the last possible minute there seems to be little to say about the reindeer this year. They are healthy, they are happy and they are ready.
And that’s a great thing. Elf Hugo says the drama of the reindeer problems a year ago increased the workload of the North Pole Post Office significantly. We don’t know for sure how the Post Office is handling things this year, but we’ll check on them in the hours ahead.
But it is nice to get such good news about the reindeer this year.
Elf Victor has informed me that he has isolated Santa’s top teams of reindeer in the wake of the Bah Humbug virus scare.
No actual incidents involving the virus have been reported among the reindeer but Elf Victor says he cannot be too careful.
Reindeer cannot be treated in the same way as elves against the Bah Humbug virus. It takes a lot more time to clear it up so Elf Victor is very careful to make sure the reindeer are not exposed to these dangers.
Elves here are cheering the triumph of Vixen at the reindeer games.
Against all odds, and somehow running and flying fast and keeping her big bow still in place, Vixen has pulled off an upset to win this year’s reindeer games.
Everywhere I’m going today elves and reindeer are smiling. Nobody thought she could do it but she did.
Elf Victor was so excited. “She trained hard for this,” he told me. “For years and years it has been her secret wish to win. She’s very talented, of course, or she wouldn’t be on Santa’s team. But to win against the big boys like Donner is quite an accomplishment.”
Elf Victor said that Donner was very complimentary of Vixen and admitted that she won fair and square.
So a good outcome to the games and now the reindeer can settle in and get ready at last for their next assignment—flying Santa around the world.