6 Months Until Christmas

Happy Leon Day!

Big, big day here at the North Pole! It’s the 24th and that marks 6 months until Christmas Eve – Yay! We’re half way there.

Leon Day is officially a thing. All around the world millions are wishing each other a Happy Leon Day.

Leon is NOEL spelled backwards, just so you know.

For many, many people a mini-celebration of Christmas begins with this day. For some, the season itself starts.

Down in the South Pacific, for example, since they don’t have winter weather at Christmastime they celebrate a little Christmas now…when it IS winter weather for them.

Leon Day means they bring out their sleighs and their sleds. They light their trees and build snowmen. And yes, some wish each other a Merry Christmas.

Here at the North Pole, it is summer. Which means that we still have snow, of course. Just not much as we usually do. There is grass in some spots. And a few precious hours of bright, warm daylight.

Leon Day at the North Pole is Backwards Day. We do everything backwards today.

We sing Christmas carols backwards. We hang candy canes upside down. We even walk backwards today.

It is such a silly day. A lot of fun!

Speaking of fun, be sure to check in here around the 14th or so of July. For ten whole days we celebrate Christmas in July here at the North Pole. It’s a summer party you don’t want to miss.

Elf Ernest

Santa is Building Something Big

Breaking NewsIt 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.

Elf Ernest

North Pole Denies Reindeer Deniers

Breaking NewsThe North Pole has been flooded with email over the past 12 hours after a report surfaced online that Santa plans to fly his sleigh without reindeer this year.

We assure you this is absolutely FAKE news.

“How silly to think that Santa could fly his sleigh without reindeer,” said Elf Quinton Q. Quigley, head of the Research and Development Department at the North Pole, the department in charge of sleigh designs for Santa. “We have looked at the various available technologies and have never found a more efficient power driver for Santa’s sleigh outside of reindeer. Reindeer are noble souls, filled with Christmas spirit, usually they are physically fit and they are light on the environment. They add a lot to the ecosystem of the North Pole. Anyone who tells you different doesn’t know Rudolph very well.”

The reports are allegedly tied to Norad, a military-based Santa tracking outfit in North America.

“There is a lot of bad information out there on the Internet,” said Elf Ed Zachary. “And more people than ever are tracking Santa Claus. They have web sites and Facebook groups and forums and chats and YouTube channels and all this stuff. But none of them speak for Santa. That’s why you should track Santa right here. Avoid all the fake news out there about Santa.”

I did speak to Santa today about this rumor and he laughed. He said he could not be Santa without reindeer.

Elf Ernest

7 Months Until Christmas

Happy May!

It is the 24th of the month and you know what that means! Only 7 months now remain until Santa flies. It’s going by so quickly!

We had a very important seminar this week at the North Pole. The Tracking Department held their annual meetings about planning Santa’s flight. They brought in experts from all over the world to talk about time zones, flight in heavy atmospheric conditions, sleigh efficiency and stuff that serious Santa trackers need to know about.

I attended because I wanted to understand how to better report the news on Santa’s flight.

It was really interesting talking about how time works in different parts of the world.

For example, it is as I write this 10:24 pm in London. Yet my world clock shows it being 3:54 am right now in India. At this very moment!

Isn’t that interesting? I think this year we will talk a lot more about the different times around the world as Santa flies. I don’t think a lot of people understand it.

Oh, by the way, I told you a few months ago I would tell you about plans Santa and Mrs. Claus are making for their vacation. They are leaving in a couple of weeks and plan to take an express sleigh first down into Canada to visit some family. Then they plan to attend a few ball games down in the United States before heading over to Europe to enjoy some sights in Switzerland. They plan to return home before Leon Day to get ready for Christmas in July at the North Pole.

Elf Ernest

8 Months Until Christmas

Happy April greetings!

Know what I saw the other day? Grass!

It is winter a little longer here at the North Pole than it is in many parts of the world but the snow is melting and the days are getting longer. It rained a little the other day and I saw grass for the first time since last fall.

Know what they call that?

A sign.

It is a sign that the seasons are changing and they change quickly. Winter changes to Spring which quickly changes to Summer. And before it the pumpkins will be here and we’ll all be talking about Christmas.

We tend to think of it as so far away right now. But I tell you it will be here before we know it.

How are things really at the North Pole? Are we on track? Can Santa be ready in time?

To be honest, things look pretty good right now.

Everyone is working hard, getting a lot done. There are no major news stories here to talk about, no major disruptions. Everything is moving along as it should.

Christmas appears in no danger here.

Elf Ernest