Kringle Radio News Begins Updates

Kringle Radio News Begins Updates

Ask CrashGreetings!

Just a quick post today to let you know that the first radio report of Operation Merry Christmas 2017 will be released tomorrow with our news update.

The radio news team is back this year with all the same voices you heard from last year. Between now and the week of Christmas you will hear regular reports from Elf Frank and Elf Crash.

Last season’s news reports still receive a lot of mail here at the North Pole.

Kids especially have questions they ask of Crash. Hopefully he will find time to answer them all this year between now and Christmas.

If you want to ask Crash a question, please see this link.

Elf Ernest

Elf Parade Committee Finalizes Plans

Elf Parade Committee Finalizes Plans

The Annual Elf Parade Organizing Committee held their final planning meeting late last night and settled on the theme “We are Santa’s Elves” for the 2017 event. The parade is scheduled for November 23rd this year.

The annual elf parade is a traditional event at the North Pole that usually takes place about a month before Christmas. It is one of the biggest events each year at the North Pole.

The parade runs along a 5-mile route that starts along Sugar Plum Avenue and crosses over to Santa Claus Lane before coming down Candy Cane Street in downtown North Pole Village. Elf families usually start lining the parade route two days before the event.

The parade features floats made by nearly every department at the North Pole as well as the world famous Elf Parade of Trikes, a tradition began many years ago.

Elves love to ride their custom made and festively decorated tricycles in the parade if they have not been invited to participate in a department float. The parade of trikes is now the largest feature of the parade with more than 1300 registered participants.

Elves will decorate their trikes and wear crazy costumes as part of their trike exhibition.

As usual we will offer some radio coverage of the event right here on Santa

We do remind elves working in remote positions around the world that they are invited to travel back to the North Pole for this all-elf event. Please contact the Tracking Department for shuttle sleigh availability or fill out the form available online for you at the North Pole website.

Elf Ernest

Elves and Anxiety

Elves and Anxiety

Life as an ElfThe most recent crisis at the North Pole – Santa’s absence – seems to have sent waves of panic in the elf community.

It has caused many of you out there to send in letters of concern.

From nine year old Natalie of Wisconsin, this question is typical: “Why are the elves so nervous?”

It is a good question and one I think deserves a straight forward answer.

There are, of course, many kinds of “nervous”.

There is the nervous you feel when you stand before people to perform or give a speech. There is a nervous to starting at a new school or a new job. And there is a kind of nervous that comes on you when you’re just not sure what is going to happen.

But there is still one more kind of nervous that a lot of people do not think about.

It is a nervousness born of high standards, best wishes, and a genuine desire to do well.

This kind of nervousness is sometimes called anxiety. The cause of it is having a good heart.

Elves might be funny kind of people to you. Maybe some of the things we do are silly.

We tend to throw a lot of food, for example. Maybe you have noticed that.

We sometimes sing a lot, we tell jokes a great deal, and we just love to do kid stuff like riding big tricycles, dressing up funny or doing goofy things.

Sometimes we put gummy bears under our arms to make them really soft before we eat them. And we might now and then walk through puddles or put lipstick on a dog.

Just because we are a little goofy doesn’t mean we’re weird or anything.

We are people just like anyone else.

But we also wake up each day thinking about others.

Santa works very hard to teach us to do this. He tells us the most important thing to being an elf is to learn to think of others first.

He tells us the more we forget about ourselves and think more about others the happier we will be.

As elves we take that very seriously.

We work hard to make other people happy and we do that to be happy ourselves.

And guess what?

For the most part, we are pretty happy. Elves are known all over for being cheerful, playful and fun.

But what if we fail?

What happens if we cannot make people happy?

The hardest letter an elf sees at the North Pole is one from a child who says she didn’t like what she got for Christmas or that the thing he received is already broken.

Elves feel terrible about stuff like that.

Because we try so hard and our work really isn’t about making toys or stuffing stockings it is about delivering happiness.

We do sometimes fail.

And that causes us to worry.

And worry causes us to fear.

And fear causes us to get nervous or anxious.

Right now the elves are all anxious about Santa.

The elves are worried he won’t make it back in time for Christmas. They worry if he will come back at all.

And that is because they don’t want to fail.

They know that Christmas will not be as fun if Santa isn’t a part of it.

Now, as many of you in your letters have pointed out, Santa told us before he left not to worry. He said he would be back.

So why worry, right?

Well, some people – like the elves at the North Pole – just cannot help from worrying.

They just don’t want anyone to be unhappy.

Well, I’m a very old elf. I have seen many things in my years as an elf at the North Pole. I personally think this stuff about being worried about Santa’s disappearance is way overblown. I am not worried at all.

Do you know why?

Because Santa is an elf. He in the ultimate elf. I am not with him, of course, and I haven’t talked to him. But know him well enough to know that he’s concerned about getting home for Christmas too.

He does not want to fail either.

And he won’t.

So if you’re a little like most elves here at the North Pole – and I know many of you are – relax. Have fun. Think good thoughts. Don’t worry.

It is going to be okay.

And to my fellow elves out there, the boys and girls of the North Pole workforce, I say: chill.

Santa does not want us worried. He wants us helping other people.

And we can’t help others when we are worried, can we?

Mrs. Claus Steps Up Plans at the North Pole

Mrs. Claus Steps Up Plans at the North Pole

Happy Friday one and all!

What a busy time all of a sudden at the North Pole.

Late yesterday Mrs. Claus conducted the weekly meeting of all the department heads at the North Pole.

And she just put her foot on the gas.

She has ordered over-time for all elves working at Santa’s Workshop and increased production goals there by 20%.

She asked that orders of tape, wrapping paper and other supplies needed in the Wrapping Department be increased by 25% and to be moved up on the calendar to arrive earlier than ever.

She asked that the Tracking Department accelerate flight training for extra elves needed to pilot sleighs on Christmas Eve.

Mrs. Claus asked for volunteers to start working on Saturdays in all departments effective immediately.

All of a sudden it feels like November around here.

And, oh yeah, it snowed yesterday here at the North Pole.

A lot.

Elf Ernest

10 Months Until Christmas

Tracking SantaToday marks just 10 months until Christmas Eve. Can you believe it?

Life here at the North Pole has settled into a quiet, busy routine since Christmas. It snows, we work, and then comes night time – a time of rest.

These are the dog days of winter. It is too early in the year to be thinking about vacation. So many great events are afar off.

But it goes by fast, you know?

I actually love this time of year. You know why?

Because I have time to think. Time to plan. And for elves like me this is the time of year when Christmas really happens – in my head. I’ve got it all planned out.

To be an elf is to be a good planner. And it is planning season at the North Pole.

I plan to hire some more writers this year. I plan to tell you more than ever about life at the North Pole. I plan to provide even more breaking news of Santa, his annual Christmas flight and how all things Christmas work. It’s going to be a great Christmas!

What about you? What are you planning for Christmas?

Elf Ernest