Seven Months Until Christmas

Seven Months Until Christmas

Howdy! Tell all your friends – only 7 months now remain until Christmas!

Can you believe it?

We can’t. In fact, some are starting to feel a little anxious about that.

You see, next week we start moving some of the work teams from Santa’s old workshop to his new workshop.

The first ones to go are what we call the Glue Guys. These are elves who, as their name suggest, glue things together. They are, believe it or not, one of the biggest teams in the workshop. A lot of stuff these days gets glued and these guys do it all.

Why do they get to move first? Why not the carpenters, the riveters, the solderers, the electricians, the action figure technicians or the Department of Play Dough?

Well, there are two reasons and they both have to do with glue. You see, there is both hot glue and cold glue and working with them is very different. Hot glue has to flow and it moves through pipes and hoses after being heated up. In order for it to work and to make stuff stick together it has to maintain a certain temperature. It is all very technical and I guess it takes a long time to work out those things.

Cold glue can never stand in a pipe or a hose. It is only stored in seal containers and used in small quantities. That stuff is easy to move but not so easy to keep fresh. They have to make it at the right time it is needed and then use it within a certain date.

In all, the Glue Guys are going to need a few weeks to get up to speed. Half of them will remain in the old workshop, still gluing stuff together there, while the other half will move into the new workshop to get things up to speed.

All the departments kind of had to work like this. Santa has a whole plan that will take most of the summer to work through. He said we have to keep up production while we make the move so it is all a little tricky.

If we don’t pay attention to what we are doing it could very well mess up Christmas.

So that process has started and it makes a lot of elves nervous. But it is going well so far. I will keep you posted as the summer moves along.

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