They have run out of room in the Sleigh Barn. And now we know what the big construction project is all about — sleighs!
Santa late yesterday made an announcement and invited everyone over to the Sleigh Barn where he proudly showed off the first new sleighs of the project. There were eight sleighs of different colors: bright red, dark green, white, dark blue, yellow, purple, pale blue, and pink. Pink!!!!
I don’t understand all the colors. Heck, I don’t understand all the sleighs.
It is not as if there aren’t already a bunch of sleighs in Santa’s fleet. But this is a whole new kind of sleigh and given how much lumber there is out there the plans for the next several months obviously is to continue to build them.
Why would Santa need all these sleighs?
Well, that’s a mystery.
He’s not talking and there is not an elf in any department that can tell me. It’s not that they are not willing to talk — it is just that they don’t know.
There is still that really, really big building under construction out there, too. It is mostly done. This week they were installing these giant racks that run from floor to ceiling. Those racks are design to store all those sleighs. Santa says he will start moving the sleighs in there soon and they will all be organized by color.
Meanwhile and I thought I’d better share this with you today, it appears our Christmas-in-July celebrations begin in about a week here at the North Pole. The planning meetings for that great event have been going on for months now. I think we will have some exciting news for you in the weeks ahead as part of Christmas-in-July.
— Elf Ernest
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.
— Elf Ernest
Several astute fans of Santa have written to the North Pole today to ask if Santa is pleased the Chicago Cubs have won the World Series.
As many know, in his annual interview every year Santa has mentioned the Chicago Cubs. He first brought it up in 2004, indicating that he had been a fan the last time the Cubs had won the World Series.
And like many Cubs fans Santa has endured a long, long drought between championships. Of course he is pleased. I contacted his office today and they gave me the following statement to publish:
“Congratulations to our Cubbies! What a great game, a great series and a great season. I normally don’t speak out on sports championships but given the interest in this particular one I think it is okay to say, just once at least, GO CUBBIES! Thanks for the great memories — Santa Claus”.
As Santa’s annual interviews reveal Santa is an avid sports fan. He has many favorite teams and players. But he has a particular love of baseball, mostly because the baseball season matches up with his schedule so well and because he played a lot of ball when the game was new.
For years Santa has been asked what he could do about the Cubs and for years Santa has answered “I’m only Santa!”. Now he doesn’t have that question to deal with any more.
— Elf Ernest