10 Months Until Christmas

10 Months Until Christmas

Hi everyone!

Today marks the ten month mark to Christmas and you wouldn’t believe how busy things are here at the North Pole.

Santa’s new workshop plans have created a big hole in the calendar. He thinks some time in July his new workshop will be finished so they have been trying to figure out how to make the change from the old workshop to the new workshop. Some think it can be done without shutting anything down. Others think that all work on making new things will have to stop for a few days so that they can move stuff like tools and materials.

There is a big ten-day block of time marked off on the calendar and Santa hasn’t yet told us what that time is for or how all this will work. That has some elves worrying.

Elves tend to worry when they don’t know the plan.

But have no fear. If there is one thing Santa is an expert at it is making plans. I’m sure he has it figured out in his head and will tell us soon.

Here in my little world we have been making plans too.

I had my annual review with Santa. That always makes me a little nervous. I want to do my job well and I try very hard. But it is hard sometimes to hear where things might have gone better and I can think of many ways where we shared the news last year and it could have been better.

Don’t worry. Santa was very kind to me in my review.

But his big suggestion — and I think it is a good one — is finding new ways to answer all the questions that people send in.

We have tried many things in the past, even using elves like Ed Zachary and Crash Murphy in the effort. But we are exploring some new things and new ways to do that for this year.

I can’t tell you yet what those news things will be.

But I promise. We will have MORE answers to MORE questions this year than any year we have had in the past. We’re working very hard on that right now and will be making some announcements later this year.

So stay tuned!

Until then, merriest greetings from the North Pole!

Elf Ernest

11 Months Until Christmas

11 Months Until Christmas

Hi ho! Just 11 months from today…it’s Christmas Eve!

Think about it: in just 11 months we’ll be live on the radio, tracking Santa all over again.

I was in a meeting this week and we were talking about the radio program we offer every Christmas Eve from Kringle Radio right here at the North Pole. Did you know it was heard in more than 140 countries around the world this past year?

Isn’t that terrific?

Elves here are very excited to be planning next Christmas already. Everything from toy to cookie production has been discussed this week. Big plans. Big dreams. I can tell it is going to be a great, great Christmas.

As Elf Ed Zachary wrote the other day January has been a period of play time for a lot of us here at the North Pole. Santa sometimes calls it “training”. He just believes that when you work hard you play hard and this has been a period of hard play. There has been a lot of games, a lot of snowball fights, a lot of just enjoying each other’s company.

It’s a good feeling.

But I get a sense that some are ready to get down to work. Our plans are starting to transition into lists. And lists mean tasks. And tasks mean…we need to get busy!

For many around the world a new countdown to Christmas has begun. To us, we love that. The numbers look huge but we know before we know it Christmas will be here again.

And it is exciting. It is always exciting.

Hope your January is going well!

Elf Ernest

Santa Plans a New Workshop

Santa Plans a New Workshop

Santa's WorkshopSanta announced today that a new workshop is planned to be constructed in 2018.

Santa’s workshop has been remodeled many times since its construction more than 170 years ago. But never has it been replaced. The new workshop will be built behind the current structure. When it is completed the old workshop will be remodeled yet again and will be used as a backup facility for special projects.

Elf Bernard, head elf in Santa’s workshop, expressed great excitement over the news. “The workshop is one of the last places at the North Pole to get a modern upgrade,” he said. “We love that old building with the history of serving Santa and all he does. But we are ready for a new time. We are ready to take on new technology, to expand our skills and to be more efficient in meeting the needs of modern generations.”

In his announcement today Santa Claus admitted that he considered tearing the old building down altogether but he feels the building is still very useful.

We do not know what special projects are planned for the old building.

It is expected that the new workshop will take several months to construct and that elves may not be able to move into the new workshop until sometime next fall.

Until then the old workshop will remain in operation.

Please stay with us here in the New Year. We expect a lot more news to report in the months ahead.

Elf Ernest