New Elves Will Wait

In Elf Chat today Elf Crash Murphy announced that Elf Roger Star will outline more changes this week that will affect newly signed-on elves at SantaTrackers.net.

According to Crash new elves will have to work in a freelance capacity for at least 90 days and will be required to have their elf supervisor endorsement before being allowed to join the elf community as a North Pole Tracker Elf tracking Santa for Santa. Crash said the idea originated with Elf Moe, who expressed frustrations with recent elf recruits.

Today’s chat was full of information and seemed to have a little more serious tone:

Elf ErnestHello everyone
Elf ErnestChat today will begin at the top of the hour, or whenever Elf Crash gets here
Elf weather trackerHi Elf Ernest
Elf MaxHi Elf Weather Tracker
Elf MaxHi Elf Ernest
Elf MaxIsn’t*t a bit strange for you to be hosting chat here instead of at SantaUpdate?
Elf ErnestYes, it is.
Elf ErnestBut Elf Roger asked me to pinch hit for him today because he’s involved in some Christmas-in-July thing
Elf MaxAh, I see. So you’re hosting the chat…no announcements?
Elf ErnestRight, I’m just facilitating
Elf ErnestBut I think Crash will be breaking some news today
Elf MaxOh? That’s interesting.
Elf weather trackerHi Elf Ulan
Elf ErnestHe’s been in a lot of meetings. His tracker work is keeping him very busy
Elf MaxI’m all ears
Elf Crash MurphyHi everyone!
Elf weather trackerHi Crash
Elf ErnestCrash! You are a little early
Elf Crash MurphyI could leave if you want
Elf ErnestNo no no
Elf ErnestIt’s all good!
Elf Crash MurphyDid I see Elf Ulan here?
Elf Crash MurphyI love her. She’s so NICE
Elf Crash MurphyHi Elf Weather Tracker!
Elf Crash MurphyHey Max
Elf MaxHi Crash
Elf Crash MurphyMax, are you going to ask me about Crusader’s podcast again?
Elf MaxConsider yourself asked
Elf Crash MurphyI promise I will get in studio
Elf MaxWhen?
Elf Crash MurphyWhen Frank pushes me in there
Elf weather trackerHi Elf Radar
Elf MaxHahaha – ok, I’ll let him know
Elf ErnestFolks, welcome to today’s Elf Chat
Elf ErnestWe have Elf Crash Murphy here today and you know him as a radio voice
Elf ErnestAnd as the Ultimate Santa Tracker
Elf ErnestHe follows Santa every Christmas Eve around the world in his own sleigh
Elf ErnestAnd he reports the news
Elf ErnestIn fact, you can hear a re-broadcast of last years Tracking Santa show on Kringle Radio right now
Elf ErnestBut Crash is here today as a leader in the tracker elf community
Elf ErnestHe officially represents Elf Roger Star today
Elf ErnestAnd Crash, I hear you have news to share?
Elf Crash MurphyI do.
Elf UlanHi Elf Crash! Thank you so much! Me too!
Elf Crash MurphyRoger will be posting or making some kind of announcement this week
Elf Crash MurphyBut he told me to share a little bit of it with you guys here today
Elf Crash MurphyThere are some changes coming to how new elves become new elves here on SantaTrackers.net
Elf Crash MurphyThey are working out the details, but basically a new elf must seve
Elf Crash Murphyserve, that is
Elf Crash Murphyas a freelance elf for 90 days before they can become a North Pole elf
Elf UlanHi elf Weather Tracker!
Elf Crash MurphyAnd participate here on SantaTrackers.net with all of you
Elf MaxWhoa
Elf ErnestThat’s a very interesting development. Why is this happening?
Elf Crash MurphyIt is all about elf quality, as I understand it.
Elf Crash MurphyThey want a new elf to get a little reporting experience and gain the endorsement of their elf supervisor before they will be allowed to join here
Elf MaxWhat does this exactly mean, Crash?
Elf weather trackerI think that is a great idea
Elf Crash MurphyIt means the rush of new elves we see in the fall months of October thru December are a thing of the past
Elf Crash MurphyElf Moe came up with this.
Elf Crash MurphyHe’s been really troubled by some problems with new elves of late and this was his solution
Elf Crash MurphyIt bears Santa’s approval. It’s happening
Elf MaxWow
Elf ErnestSo…the elf supervisor has to approve a freelance elf becoming a North Pole elf?
Elf Crash MurphyYes, the elf supervisors are becoming a bigger and bigger part of things here
Elf MaxHow do they have time to do that?
Elf Crash MurphyWell, if a new freelance elf signs up Monday, as the test flights begin, they have 90 days or until the end of October to get in the good graces of their supervisor
Elf Crash MurphySo a new elf starting Monday could be a North Pole Elf by the time Santa flies
Elf MaxWhat if they sign up in November and want to be a North Pole elf?
Elf Crash MurphyThey have to wait 90 days.
Elf ErnestSo it wouldn’t happen for them before Christmas?
Elf Crash MurphyNope, not a chance
Elf MaxWhoa again
Elf ErnestI’m with Weather Tracker. This is a really good idea
Elf Crash MurphyYes, I think so too. It puts the focus right where Santa wants it – on the quality of reports
Elf MaxThat’s some really big news. Why wait to announce it?
Elf Crash MurphyThere are some changes to the sign up and registration process we need to get taken care of.
Elf Crash MurphyBut Elf Roger wanted our North Pole elves to know about it before hand, just because
Elf ErnestOk. Got it
Elf ErnestAny other news?
Elf Crash MurphyUm…I’m going to the Eggnog Chug in about an hour.
Elf ErnestHahaha. Me too!
Elf ErnestOk, elves. Questions for Crash?
Elf MaxCrash, I think this means we’re going to have a lot fewer elves here this Christmas.
Elf Crash MurphyYes, Max.
Elf weather trackerWill I be helping with the test flight
Elf MaxDo we have enough elves to get the reports they want this year?
Elf Crash MurphyYes, Max. Santa is okay with it
Elf Crash MurphyElf Weather Tracker, let’s talk about those test flights
Elf weather trackerOk
Elf Crash MurphySectors 5 and 1 were two of the last to announce and they are both scrambling to get set up
Elf Crash MurphySo I’m not sure, but I don’t think it will be next week for them anyway
Elf Crash MurphyI think the test flights will concentrate on Sector 4 for at least a week. After that, I don’t know
Elf Crash MurphyWatch for announcements from Elf Pinky for your sector
Elf UlanDo we need to send some reports for the test flight?
Elf ErnestIs the map going to be live, Crash?
Elf weather trackerOk thank you Crash
Elf Crash MurphyElf Ulan, yes, pay attention because your elf supervisor could ask for reports at any time
Elf Crash MurphyYes, Ernest, my sources in Flight Command tell me the map should be active Monday or Tuesday
Elf UlanOkay, I’ll!
Elf MaxOh boy. A lot of news here today in this chat
Elf ErnestWill the Elf Supervisors just start posting?
Elf Crash MurphyYes, they will. In fact, Elf Tubby wanted to post today but Roger told him not til Monday
Elf ErnestWill there be radio coverage of the launch of the test flight?
Elf Crash MurphyNo. There will be FLIGHTS. Plural. There are 12 prototype sleighs and they all have a different schedule. Too much to cover on the radio. We’re not ready yet in radio-land for that kind of reporting.
elf radarWhat kind of response time will we have on our reports when they are requested?  I mean our regular reports for Christmas, not those involving test flights.
Elf ErnestOk, so you’ll be staying at the North Pole during the test flight period?
Elf Crash MurphyThe response time? What do you mean, Elf Radar?
Elf Crash MurphyYes, I’ll be at the North Pole for at least a few weeks. After that, we’ll see.
Elf ErnestDo we know how heavy of a flight schedule the test flights will have?
elf radarHow long will we have to respond to these reports so they can be used.
Elf Crash MurphyI’m told it will be around the clock from the get go.
Elf Crash MurphyOh, I see what you’re saying. I don’t know the answer to that. Maybe once we get started we can get one of the elf supervisors into a chat to respond to that.
Elf MaxThere’s kind of a new feeling to all this this year
elf radarok. Thank you.
Elf ErnestI think that’s what Santa wanted, Max
Elf Crash MurphyI agree Maxy.
Elf UlanDoes each sector will start the test flight with different test reindeer at the same time?
Elf Crash MurphyTracking feels more…serious in some way.
Elf Crash MurphyI don’t know, Elf Ulan. We really don’t know or get much information about the test flight reindeer. I’ll see if I can find that out.
Elf ErnestCrash, with 12 sleighs…how many test flight reindeer are there?
Elf Crash MurphyI don’t know yet about this year, but last year at the peak we had more than 6000 test flight reindeer
Elf MaxThat’s a lot of reindeer feed!
Elf UlanOkay, than you!
Elf Crash MurphyYes, the Reindeer Operations Department has a bigger job than most people know
Elf ErnestCrash, do you ever go on test flights?
Elf Crash MurphyI do. We have to test our radio broadcast capabilities every year. That’s usually in October for me.
Elf ErnestHow long does that take?
Elf Crash MurphyA couple three or four days. It just depends.
Elf MaxDo you like doing that, Crash?
Elf Crash MurphyYeah, it’s good practice for me.
Elf Crash MurphyI like to broadcast “We’re going down!” now and then…just to see if anyone is listening
Elf ErnestHahaha…does that get you in trouble?
Elf Crash MurphyYes, every time
Elf Crash MurphyI try to do it when I know I’ve got a rookie in Flight Command
Elf ErnestYou’re terrible…
Elf Crash MurphyI have to have my fun
Elf ErnestOkay, any last questions for Crash?
elf radarI liked that!
Elf MaxCrash, do Santa’s regular reindeer ever serve on the test flights?
Elf Crash MurphySometimes, especially if they are recovering from some sort of injury. They use the test flights for rehab
Elf Crash MurphyBut the closer it gets to December the less they are there because Santa doesn’t want any of his A-team to risk injury
Elf MaxInteresting
Elf ErnestCrash, what do you think of the idea of sending the other North Pole News Reporters to practice on the test flights?
Elf Crash MurphyWell, they’d have to become sleigh certified first. Sleigh flight is not for everyone.
Elf ErnestIs that hard?
elf radarDo the reindeer have any problems flying in and out of the different climates encountered around the world?
Elf Crash MurphyI threw up every day for three weeks when I got certified the first time.
Elf Crash MurphyGood question, Elf Radar. And the answer is THEY CAN have issues in different climates
Elf Crash MurphyBut Santa has established rules for the reindeer to keep them safe
Elf Crash MurphyHis most experienced reindeer know how to adjust. Diet and rest play into it.
Elf Crash MurphyBut reindeer do not care for heat much. Cold, doesn’t affect them. But heat is a problem
Elf Crash MurphyAgain, a lot of this is managed by Reindeer Operations. Those elves work hard.
Elf weather trackerDoes Santa want us to leave water out for the reindeer?
Elf Crash MurphyYes, Weather Tracker. Santa always appreciates water for the reindeer.
Elf Crash MurphyBut just water
Elf Crash MurphySome want to share soda or eggnog or other stuff for the reindeer to drink and that’s not good.
Elf weather trackerOk, I will leave a bowl of water out
Elf Crash MurphyA BIG bowl, I hope
Elf weather trackerOf course
Elf UlanOkay!
Elf Crash MurphyYou know who the thirstiest reindeer is?
Elf weather trackerRudolph
Elf Crash MurphyIt’s Blitzen. I’ve seen him nearly drain a lake. That guy can guzzle it!
Elf UlanNo, who?
Elf weather trackerOh geeze
Elf Crash MurphyRudolph is a little guy. He drinks fairly little.
Elf Crash MurphyWe always joke we have to give water with electrolytes to Rudolph
Elf Crash MurphyHe doesn’t think that’s funny.
Elf MaxHahaha
Elf ErnestOk, guys. Thanks for being here today. Crash, great chat!
Elf weather trackerI will also be leaving carrots out as well
Elf Crash MurphyIt’s been a good one. Y’all have a great weekend
Elf Crash MurphyAwesome, Weather Tracker
Elf UlanThank you Elf Crash, and everyone! See you again soon!
Elf MaxThank you Crash and Ernest
Elf Crash MurphyBye everyone!
elf radarThanks guys! Merry Christmas in July everyone.
Elf ErnestSee ya!
Elf weather trackerBye
Elf MaxWow, good chat! I’ll get it posted soon!

Leon Day Chat Recap

It was a light-hearted and eventful fun chat today in Elf Chat as several North Pole elves and even Santa stopped in to say hello. And Frank and Crash pranked each other good, in true Leon Day fashion. Here is the chat transcript:

Elf ErnestHi Max!
Elf MaxHi there. Thanks for being here!
Elf ErnestNot too sure how long I can stay, but I’m here. Who else is coming?
Elf MaxI’m not too sure. But I think I saw Elf Sandy logged in
Elf ErnestOh, that’s awesome.
Elf ErnestIt’s like a reunion today. So many back from vacation and excited.
Elf MaxI’ve noticed!
Elf Crash MurphyHowdy
Elf MaxHi Crash. Good radio report today
Elf Crash MurphyThanks. But no news really to report.
Elf ErnestSo you think nothing is up over there, huh?
Elf Crash MurphyYeah. Santa told me as much.
Elf ErnestThen why are they in lockdown?
Elf Crash MurphyWell, I shouldn’t say anything. But evidently Elf Agent X gave his yearly security lecture there this week.
Elf ErnestOooooohhhhhh. That might explain it.
Elf Crash MurphyYeah, it might not be Elf Buck after all.
Elf MaxWhat security lecture?
Elf Crash MurphyFlight Command works with people stationed all over the world. North Pole Security feels Flight Command is the most exposed department to hackers and trolls
Elf MaxOh…I see
Elf ErnestCould be a good theory. I hope they get over that soon and let you guys in.
Elf Crash MurphyI think Santa will make sure they relax.
Elf MaxInteresting.
Elf ErnestIt’s not unusual for this kind of thing to happen. I think they mean well.
Elf Crash MurphyThat’s my feeling too
Elf UlanHi, good evening! It’s morning here^^
Elf TrixieHi guys!
Elf Crash MurphyHi Elf Ulan!
Elf Crash MurphyHi Trixie!
Elf MaxElf Ulan has been active today! Welcome!
Elf Sandy ClausHello everyone!
Elf MaxHello Elf Sandy! Welcome!
Elf MaxHow is Leon Day over in ER?
Elf Sandy ClausGood, we’re having a good day. Some worried about Crash’s Snow Ball Fight?
Elf Crash MurphyMy snowball fight? When did it become mine?
Elf ErnestHahaha….you’re welcome Crash
Elf UlanHi Elf Crash! Sorry, I was late to notice your answering last chat, I was almost sleeping
Elf Sandy ClausYeah, since the update yesterday everyone is talking about it being your fight
Elf UlanThank you, Elf Max!
Elf Crash MurphyNo worries, Elf Ulan. I know these things are not coming at a good time for you
Elf Crash MurphyWhat update?
Elf MaxErnest mentioned you in the monthly countdown update. Maybe you have not read it yet
Elf Crash MurphyOh. I see
Elf Crash MurphyNo I have not read it yet.
Elf TrixieYou don’t read the news the minute we post it?
Elf Crash MurphyUsually I do, yes. But just getting back from vacation I have some catching up to do
Elf UlanThank you for understanding me, Elf Crash!
Elf MaxFolks, this is an open chat today. Nobody’s really in charge and any elf from the North Pole could show up to it.
Elf MaxSo if you have questions just fire away
Elf TrixieI can’t stay long.
Elf MaxThat’s okay, Trixie.
Elf Sugar CookieHow has everyone’s Leon Day been?
Elf TrixieI volunteered as a cookie hostess at the picnic today
Elf ErnestLeon Day has been awesome. Good weather here today
Elf MaxI’ve been mostly online. Trying to catch up.
Elf Crash MurphyHave you been on vacation, too, Max?
Elf MaxYes, kinda. Visited my parents and helped them with some stuff.
Elf MaxI got back on Wednesday.
Elf ErnestWhat are you guys most looking forward to with Christmas in July?
Elf Sugar CookieWelcome back!
Elf TrixieFor me, it’s the radio replay of Santa Tracking last year
Elf TrixieI love that!
Elf Crash MurphyWell, that’s great to hear!
Elf MaxWhen is the big snowball fight, Crash?
Elf Crash MurphyA couple of hours. That’s why I can’t stay long. I have to put in my armor
Elf Sugar CookieYour armor? What kind of armor?
Elf ErnestYou have armor for a snowball fight?
Elf UlanDoes someone do pranks there too?^^
Elf Crash MurphyIt’s basically a plastic garbage bag with a hole cut into it for my head
Elf Sandy ClausLOL
Elf Sugar CookieHey, whatever works! Lol
Elf TrixieLOL!!!!
Elf MaxI hear you don’t lose, Crash
Elf Crash MurphyWhat are you talking about? I get creamed every year. I feel like I’m the biggest target
Elf MaxI hope someone will take video this year
Elf TrixieYes, I’d love to see it.
Elf Sugar CookieMe too!
Elf Crash MurphyIt is all for fun.
Elf UlanMe too!
Elf ErnestGotta run, guys. Thanks for being here.
Elf MaxOk, bye Ernest!
Elf Sugar CookieI have to go too; happy Leon Day, everyone!! I’ve really been enjoying these chats!
Elf UlanThank you, Elf Ernest!
Elf TrixieSanta!
SantaHi everyone! Happy Leon Day!
Elf UlanYou, too, Elf Sugar Cookie!
Elf MaxWow, Santa! I didn’t know you were coming
SantaI’m in Ernest’s office. He signed off and encouraged me to sign on and say hi
Elf UlanHappy Leon Day, Santa!!!
Elf TrixieGod bless Elf Ernest!
Elf TrixieAnd you, Santa!
SantaHahaha. Hi Elf Ulan!
Elf MaxIf we knew you’d be here there would be hundred in chat today!
SantaWell it’s a good thing we didn’t announce it. I can’t stay long, I have to judge the Miss North Pole contest soon
Elf UlanI’m so happy to be with you here too!
Elf Crash MurphyOooohhh…that sounds like a tough job!
SantaLOL, yes, someone has to do it.
Elf TrixieDoes Mrs. Claus join that?
SantaYes, Mrs. Claus is the brains of the whole thing.
Elf Sandy ClausHahaha…good answer, Santa.
SantaYes, I listen closely during things like this.
Elf MaxSo Santa, is everything ok at Flight Command?
SantaEverything is fine at Flight Command. No problems.
Elf Crash MurphyI’m taking your word on that Santa
SantaCan’t stay, guys. Gotta scoot. Just wanted to say hi and Happy Leon Day!
Elf MaxOk, bye, Santa!
Elf Sandy ClausThanks for coming by Santa!
Elf UlanThank you, Santa!
Elf MaxWow. Who knew?
Elf Crash MurphyIs Santa scheduled for a chat during Christmas in July?
Elf TrixieYes, I think so. Both he and Mrs. Claus will chat at SantaUpdate.com
Elf UlanI’m sooo excited about it!
Elf Crash MurphyI wonder if he would do a chat here?
Elf MaxI think that’s a good idea, Crash. Something just for elves.
Elf Sandy ClausWe could ask….maybe?
Elf TrixieCould not hurt.
Elf UlanPlease ask him!
Elf TrixieOk guys, I have to go too. Nice to see you all!
Elf Sandy ClausI will bring it up to Elf Ernest. You okay with that Max?
Elf MaxHeck yes!
Elf UlanNice to see you too, Elf Trixie, thank you!
Elf MaxHi Elf Frank
Elf Frank MyrrhAnyone still here? Sorry I’m late.
Elf UlanThank you, Elf Sandy!
Elf Sandy ClausWow, we are getting quite a few elves here today!
Elf Crash MurphyNo, we’re not here, Frank.
Elf MaxHahaha
Elf Frank MyrrhDon’t you have a snowball fight right now, Crash?
Elf Crash MurphyIt’s in a few hours.
Elf Frank MyrrhNo, it’s happening right now. You’re missing it.
Elf Crash MurphyWut?
Elf UlanI wanna join it if I can!
Elf Frank MyrrhYeah, I just came from there.
Elf Frank MyrrhI was looking for you
Elf Crash MurphyWhat time is it? Really?
Elf Frank MyrrhSeriously. The mud is flying right now.
Elf Crash MurphyNo way
Elf Frank MyrrhWay. You better get over there.
Elf Crash MurphyBye.
Elf MaxFrank, is it really happening now??
Elf Frank MyrrhNo. It’s a couple of hours away.
Elf Sandy ClausOhhhh….you’re terrible!!!
Elf UlanBye Elf Crash, have a lot of fun!
Elf MaxHahahaha!!!!
Elf Frank MyrrhHe’ll be the first one there by a mile
Elf Sandy ClausOhmygosh
Elf MaxThat’s a great one, Frank
Elf Frank MyrrhI hope he thinks he missed it.
Elf Roger StarHi everyone.
Elf MaxOh boy….I’m cracking up here.
Elf Sandy ClausHi Elf Roger
Elf UlanHi Elf Roger!
Elf MaxRoger! Your 2nd chat today!
Elf Roger StarYes, I feel so important
Elf Sandy ClausYou are important!
Elf MaxJust don’t mess with Frank today
Elf UlanYes!
Elf Roger StarThank you Elf Sandy. Why don’t we want to mess with Frank?
Elf MaxHe just pranked Elf Crash good!
Elf Roger StarHe did? That’s why I’m not talking to anyone today. Can’t take them serious
Elf Frank MyrrhI’m just going to hide for the rest of the day.
Elf Sandy ClausI’m not standing next to you!
Elf UlanLol!
Elf Frank MyrrhI don’t blame you
Elf Crash MurphyYou’re a dork, Frank
Elf Maxhahaha!
Elf Frank MyrrhWell, that’s my cue. See you guys!
Elf Crash Murphyhe ran, the turkey!!!
Elf UlanThank you, Elf Frank. Have great days!
Elf Roger StarHahaha
Elf MaxThat’s funny, Crash. Oh man.
Elf Crash MurphyThe field wasn’t even torn up. Nobody was out there.
Elf MaxHe got you good!
Elf Crash MurphyHe should learn not to mess with me. I’ve got a surprise for him once he gets to his sleigh.
Elf Sandy ClausUh oh
Elf Roger StarI’ve got cameras out there you know
Elf Crash MurphyYou do? GOOD!!! I hope it makes the news
Elf MaxWhat is waiting for him?
Elf Crash MurphyLet’s just say there will be a blizzard right over his sleigh seat
Elf Sandy Claus**Giggle***
Elf UlanLol!
Elf Roger StarCrash…it worked, you got him. He’s covered in snow
Elf Crash MurphyI did? SWEET!!!!
Elf Sandy ClausHow did you arrange that so fast?
Elf Crash MurphyElf Bubby had his snow removal team out there standing on their shovels. I just gave them a little something to do. Three guys, two minutes and done.
Elf Roger StarBrilliant
Elf MaxRoger, can we see the video?
Elf Roger StarI’m asking security about it now. They just called.
Elf Crash MurphyNorth Pole Security? Hahahaha
Elf Sandy ClausOh boy…
Elf MaxGuys, our chat time is up. What a great chat!!!
Elf Roger StarYes, very entertaining!
Elf Sandy ClausFrank and Crash have been quite the entertainment today for sure.
Elf Roger StarBye everyone!
Elf MaxThanks for coming everyone!
Elf Crash MurphyI’ll swing by to see that video, Rog
Elf Sandy ClausHappy Leon Day, all!
Elf MaxHave a great day!
Elf UlanThank you, everyone, it was a wonderful time. I’m curious what their next prank!^^

Chat Recap with Elf Roger Star

Elf Roger Star was in the hot seat today, fulfilling the chat he missed in April to provide an update on the tracker elf program. Elf Roger also took questions today about issues in Flight Command and why Elves Frank and Crash could not get anyone there to talk to them. It was an interesting discussion:

Elf MaxHi everyone. We’ll be starting the chat with Elf Roger in  a few minutes
Elf GingerHollyAwesome!
Elf Buddy FrostCan’t wait!
Elf Kobyhi everyone i am elf koby
Elf Roger StarHello
Elf Kobyi feel so happy to be a elf
Elf Buddy FrostHello Roger Star!
Elf MaxHi Elf Roger. Thanks for being here today
Elf Roger StarMy pleasure.
Elf Kobyhi elf max
Elf Kobyhi elf roger
Elf MaxEveryone – Elf Roger Star is the International Director of Santa Trackers. He is here today to give us an update of the tracker elf program.
Elf Roger StarHi Elf Koby
Elf Kobyreally
Elf Buddy FrostOh boy! I can’t wait to hear about some of the new things to come!
Elf Waynehi
Elf MaxRoger, before we get started I wanted to ask you about something brought up in the chat with Frank and Crash earlier today
Elf Kobyhi elf buddy frost
Elf Roger StarOk
Elf Buddy FrostHello Elf Koby!
Elf MaxBoth said they were “shut down” in a visit to Flight Command today. Is something going on there?
Elf Roger StarNot that I’ve heard, no.
Elf Buddy FrostNo one is really sure. Everything seems to be hush hush right now
Elf MaxWhy would flight command basically ignore two senior elves?
Elf Roger StarIs that what they said happened?
Elf Kobyelf roger r u in North pole
Elf MaxYes, at least that is how I understood it.
Elf Roger StarHmmm.
Elf Buddy FrostYeah Elf Frank in the last chat said he had been shut down by them
Elf Roger StarI don’t know of any kind of security holds on information at Flight command right now
Elf GingerHollyHey Everyone!
Elf MaxThey both seemed really concerned
Elf Buddy FrostHello Elf Gingerholly!
Elf GingerHollyHey Elf BuddyFrost!
Elf Kobywe must get help from the flight command to make sure everything’s ready on christmas eve if not santa wouldn’t fly and deliver gifts he mostly needs norad santa tracker and the satelites to go around the globe in one night
Elf Roger StarThings are ramping up. But we’re only half way to Christmas. They haven’t even started test flights yet. So there are really no secrets to keep that I know about
Elf MaxDid someone just use the N-word???
Elf Kobyhi elf gingerholly
Elf Roger StarOk Elf Koby…you have much to learn
Elf WayneMerry half way to Christams
Elf Buddy FrostI may not be a north pole elf yet but I am sure there isn’t anything concerning going on. It may just be a really big project that they want to save as a surprise
Elf MaxYeah, I think a good visit to Elf University would be in order there.
Elf GingerHollyhaha uhoh
Elf Kobywhat you mean i have much to learn elf roger
Elf Roger StarThe thing to remember about Frank and Crash is that they are North Pole media. It’s their job to ask questions.
Elf MaxSanta doesn’t use **The Santa Tracker That Shall Not Be Named**, Elf Koby.
Elf Buddy FrostHm, yes that is true. I suppose we’ll just have to see what time will tell.
Elf MaxBut Roger, why would they shut them out? Seems…not very nice.
Elf Roger StarI agree. I will see what I can find out.
Elf Kobyam  i still a elf i dont wanna be kicked out
Elf GingerHollyMaybe flight command was too busy for questions at the moment and they had to say no…????
Elf MaxWhat can you tell us today what is coming this next month for tracker elves?
Elf Roger StarYes, Christmas in July is a traditional time of announcements concerning the tracker elf program
Elf Roger StarThis year I will be hosting the press conference on July 11th.
Elf Kobyelf max am i still a elf i dont wanna be kicked out i love my job
Elf MaxWill you be announcing the tracker elf recruitment goal?
Elf Roger StarThat will be one of many things discussed, yes.
Elf MaxThis was talked about a little with Frank and Crash this morning too. Crash said that every year the number has gone up. Do you know if that is true for this year?
Elf Buddy FrostElf Roger Star, might I ask what else we might expect to be discussed?
Elf Kobyelf roger i sent a letter to mrs claus how do i see when she wrote roger?
Elf Roger StarHonestly, no. Santa has not yet discussed a number with me. I’ll be meeting with him several times between now and the 11th.
Elf GingerHollyI’ve heard the numbers went up a lot last year
Elf Roger StarI believe Santa will be wanting to discuss elf training a lot. There are changes to the program that many experienced elves will need to be trained on and new elves will need to go through Elf University, for sure
Elf Kobyhow do i see what mr’s claus wrote to me elf roger?
Elf Roger StarSorry, not my department. You’ll have to talk to Elf Hugo Slavia about that.
Elf Kobyam i still a elf elf roger?
Elf MaxYes, the number was 200 million last year, which was insane. But we made it.
Elf Buddy FrostWell I am very excited. Thank you for answering Roger!
Elf GingerHollyWow! That’s Amazing!
Elf Roger StarAs far as I know. You’re here, aren’t you?
Elf KobyYes sir
Elf Roger StarI’m not going to lie, Santa and I have talked about some numbers but that was months ago and we have not talked about it since.
Elf MaxWhat is your personal belief?
Elf KobyYes I am Elf roger
Elf Buddy FrostSomehow, I get the feeling its probably going to be another insane number but we’ll make it for sure!
Elf GingerHollyI wanna guess and say maybe 400million this year???
Elf Roger StarElf Koby, please spend some time studying what it means to be an elf. There is a lot of material on this website. Other elves will help you. You have lots of time between now and when Santa flies to learn.
Elf Roger StarMy personal belief is that Santa may not give us a number this year. He has told me many times we focus on that number too much.
Elf Buddy FrostIf your needing help Elf Koby you can message me anytime! I’d be happy to help a fellow elf!
Elf MaxSo…not something like 400 million?
Elf Kobyhow do i message you elf buddy frost
Elf Roger StarI don’t know, honestly. I suppose Santa will tell me for sure just before the press conference. He has repeatedly said he is focusing on quality, not quantity this year with tracker elves
Elf Sugar CookieI was about to say something similar, Elf Buddy Frost. There are a lot of elves, myself included, who would be happy to help you, Elf Kobe! The Elf Wall and the message options are great resources in addition to Elf University here.
Elf Buddy FrostYou can find my profile by searching my name on Santatrackers.net. From there you’ll be able to message me
Elf MaxThank you Elf Sugar Cookie
Elf MaxRoger, do you know how Santa felt about 200 million elves last year?
Elf Roger StarYes, he was very direct with me about that.
Elf GingerHollySo will we see the numbers at all or will we just focus more on quality?
Elf MaxWhat did he say?
Elf Kobyelf buddy frost can you send me link to you profile please
Elf Roger StarSanta came away from last year’s flight with mixed emotions. It was a record-breaking flight and it went well. But he was concerned we had so many elves who signed up to be elves but then didn’t help.
Elf Buddy FrostOf course Koby! I will at the end of the chat.
Elf Roger StarWe will know the goals, no matter what they are. In terms of focus, I think your Elf Supervisor will play a bigger role this year and that elves will be asked to do things earlier – between Thanksgiving and December 23rd.
Elf weather trackerHi everyone, sorry I am late
Elf Kobyelf roger can we be friends
Elf Roger StarOf course!
Elf Roger StarNice to see you, Elf Weather Tracker
Elf GingerHollyOh ok thank you Elf Roger!
Elf Buddy FrostHey better late then never! Nice to see you Elf Weather Tracker!
Elf MaxWhat is one piece of advice you would give to any tracker elf signing on for the first time this year?
Elf Roger StarI would say to pay attention. The news will be coming fast in July, then we will enter the recruitment and training period. Then instructions come right after Halloween.
Elf KobyElf roger can you give me link to you profile?
Elf MaxIt sounds like the plan calls for things to be more spread out this year – less crammed on December 23rd and 24th
Elf Roger Starhttps://santatrackers.net/login/members/elfroger/
Elf Sugar CookieThat sounds like a great plan!
Elf Buddy Frosthttps://santatrackers.net/login/members/mr-candycanemr
Elf Roger StarYes, that is true. A lot more going on in early December for trackers.
Elf MaxWhen you say to pay attention – can you be more specific?
Elf Buddy FrostIt would be nice for things to be less crammed so we have more time for family matters at Christmas and more time to get reports done
Elf CrusaderHello everyone
Elf Roger StarA tracker elf should be watching three websites in particular – this website, santatrackers.net, because it is for them. Only elves can see the news that breaks here.
Elf Buddy FrostHello Crusader!
Elf Kobyhi elf crusader how are you
Elf Roger StarNorthPoleFlightCommand.com is for the whole world but trackers should be tuned in there as well.
Elf CrusaderI’m good. Glad I finally found the chat
Elf weather trackerI’m ready to start tracking the weather
Elf Kobyelf roger! i sent you an message
Elf Roger StarAnd, of course, SantaUpdate.com – which is general North Pole News – and is the oldest Santa tracker on the Internet, by the way – is essential for tracker elves too.
Elf Roger StarI believe weather tracking will kick in when they announce the test flight schedule.
Elf weather trackerRight, I have been closely watching the weather, and been keeping up with the tracker news
Elf MaxSo is the big message today that tracker elves need to attend the press conference on July 11th?
Elf GingerHollyCan we personally watch the test flight or is it just audio recorded live in the flight command?
Elf Buddy FrostWhat time will that conference be on July 11th?
Elf CrusaderRoger, in all honesty; what is Santa’s opinion of my tracking? I know I’ve been doing my best.
Elf Kobywhere do you go to flight command holly
Elf Roger StarLOL, yeah, I guess so. There is a lot I know that I cannot share today. But in a nutshell, that is when things will be announced, yes.
Elf Sugar Cookie@elfkoby : northpoleflightcommand.com
Elf Kobyelf roger star is everything up and running and ready for christmas eve when santa sets off around the globe
Elf Roger StarTest flights are tracked in flight command and I believe some flights will be known in advance for tracker elves.
Elf CrusaderI think something big is coming for us trackers. I could be wrong, but my gut usually isn’t wrong
Elf Roger StarWith 200 million elves out there, I’m not sure Santa can speak to an opinion of any one in particular, Crusader. I think he’s more focused on the overall effort. You are an outstanding elf, my friend.
Elf GingerHollyOk Great thank you so much yall are amazin!
Elf weather trackerSo will there be a chat for us trackers that are in all sectors for the trackers press conference?
Elf Kobyelf roger star is everything up and running and ready for christmas eve when santa sets off around the globe
Elf Roger StarI’ll have to confirm but I think about noon EST. We’ll announce it again a day or two before.
Elf CrusaderThank You Roger and I understand
Elf Buddy FrostOkay, thank you.
Elf Roger StarYes, we’ve done this for decades. It’s very organized. Watch – you’ll see.
Elf CrusaderIs there a need for a podcast or podcasts pertaining to the conference or things in between?
Elf MaxWe have had many trackers who have seen the test flights when they are over their location. It gets reported all the time.
Elf CrusaderI mean, US there anything I or anyone else can do?
Elf Kobywhen will we see santa’s first test flight? is it likely gonna be in the november month or december cause i know some are in december i am not really sure about november? so when will we see an test flight happen in the north pole flight command
Elf Roger StarThere is a live radio event covering the conference, Crusader. I have no doubt there will be a podcast episode or two in the weeks and months thereafter.
Elf CrusaderWhy are test flight done so early? Is there a need for it?
Elf GingerHollyAwesome thanks Elf Max
Elf Roger StarTest flights will begin in July. That has already been announced.
Elf CrusaderThank You Roger
Elf Kobyso ill hear santa fly through my house Elf roger?
Elf Crusader‘@Elf Koby:  probably not
Elf Roger StarI’m not on the test flight team but I was involved in some discussions about this year’s schedule. Santa’s goal every year is to do better than the year before. That means things like design and sleigh performance are important. So they test early to make sure everything is right before Santa flies.
Elf Roger StarSanta does not fly through houses. That would be dangerous and destructive.
Elf CrusaderHmm interesting
Elf GingerHollyAll of this talk about Christmas is gettin me so excited yall!
Elf MaxAny last questions for Roger?
Elf CrusaderYou have a lot to learn koby and we are all here to help you!
Elf Buddy FrostI know the feeling Ginger! I’ve been excited for Christmas since last Christmas!
Elf Roger StarGood chat, Max. Will this be archived for those who could not be here?
Elf Sugar CookieSame here! This great community has some infectious Christmas spirit, that’s for sure!
Elf weather trackerIs there going to be a chat for the elves that track Santa every year in the chat for the tracker press conference
Elf CrusaderJust one: any updates on the last podcast I recorded
Elf MaxYes sir!
Elf GingerHollyNo but I have a comment: Thank ya for all ya do for Santa. Your work is very much appriecated!
Elf Kobyelf roger i always wanted to know about test flights so how long does test flights take do they take up to about 1 hour or 10 mins or just 1 sec in an hour cause we all know on christmas eve santa is very fast in one night on Christmas eve?
Elf CrusaderGood question
Elf Buddy FrostThank you all for the wonderful chat! Its not often I get to attend these since they usually happen while I am working so I am very happy I was able to attend this one!
Elf Roger StarI don’t know about that. But I’m sure it can be recommended to Elf Ernest or Elf Max or whoever is in charge of that stuff. I think that’s a super idea
Elf Sugar CookieIn addition, will the North Pole chat this morning be archived as well as the other chats going on this weekend here and on santaupdate.com
Elf weather trackerThank you
Elf Roger StarOnce test flights begin they will continue around the clock for several months. There are several prototype sleighS and many teams of test flight pilots and reindeer.
Elf CrusaderGreat chat!
Elf Roger StarAwesome to have you here, Elf Buddy Frost
Elf GingerHollyElf Koby if you ever need any help I would be glad to assist you with your troubles! 😉
Elf Kobywait are we ending now?
Elf Roger StarI believe so, yes. They usually show up several hours later.
Elf Buddy FrostThank you Roger!
Elf CrusaderAs always, it’s great to be an elf and work beside you all
Elf Kobyelf buddy frost can i have a link to you profile
Elf Sugar CookieThank you, sir!
Elf MaxThanks for being here, eveyrone!
Elf Buddy Frost@Elf Koby: https://santatrackers.net/login/members/mr-candycanemr/
Elf Buddy FrostThere you go Koby!
Elf Roger StarThanks, all. Have a great Leon Day!!!
Elf Buddy FrostHappy to be here Max!
Elf MaxYes, Happy Leon Day!
Elf Buddy FrostHappy Leon Day everyone!
Elf Sugar CookieThank you all for this chat; it’s been wonderful. Happy Leon Day!
Elf GingerHollyThank yall! Happy Leon Day!
Elf CrusaderCareful sharing profile info,that can land you in trouble with moe
Elf Kobyhappy leon day to all!
elf radarThanks for your time guys. Happy LEON day!

Chat Recap with Elf Crash

Elf Crash Murphy hosted an open chat in Elf Chat on Sunday, May 22nd. He took questions from tracker elves who showed up for the discussion.

A wide range of topics were discussed – from Crash’s new radio program, to snack food he takes with him as he follows Santa around the world on Christmas Eve, and the many changes of clothes he has to take with him, too.

Crash is soon heading out on vacation. And he talked about his Christmas comedy album collection.

Here is the chat transcript:

Elf Crash MurphyHey there, Maxy
Elf UlanHi Elf Max!
Elf MaxHi Elf Ulan!
Elf MaxHi Crash – you’re early!
Elf UlanHi Elf Radar!
Elf Crash MurphyWhat are we talking about today?
Elf UlanHi Elf Crash!
Elf MaxI have no idea. Roger sent me a note saying “open chat”
Elf Crash MurphyHi Elf Ulan!
Elf Crash MurphyOh, ok…
Elf Crash MurphyThat would explain it.
elf radarHi Ulan!
Elf MaxExplain what?
Elf Crash MurphyWhy he didn’t tell me.
Elf MaxHahaha…I think you’re here to talk about whatever is on the minds of those who show up.
Elf UlanElf Crash, I’d like to sorry for my wrong post
Elf Crash MurphyWhat wrong post, Elf Ulan?
Elf UlanI posted your “second”  radio show. But it’s first
Elf Crash MurphyOh don’t worry about that!
Elf Crash MurphyThank you for your kind comments.
Elf MaxElf Ulan is always so very kind
Elf UlanThank you, I think other elves were confused then
Elf Crash MurphyYes, Elf Ulan is one very well mannered elf. I need to be more like her.
Elf MaxIt’s okay, Ulan. Speaking of that, Crash, when does your next radio show post?
Elf Crash MurphyI have them all done. Elf DJ controls when they go up though. I have no idea.
Elf MaxWell that first one was a keeper
elf radarLove your show Elf Crash! Just listened to it. Love Stan Freberg
Elf Crash MurphyBetween you and me and the fence post, I was nervous
Elf Crash Murphyyou do? Most people don’t know who Stan Freberg is anymore
Elf MaxYou can’t tell you were nervous
Elf Crash MurphyWell I was
Elf MaxWho is Stan Freberg?
elf radarI’m old. He was really good
Elf Crash MurphyHe did the Dragnet sketch on my first program
Elf MaxGrudge?
Elf Crash MurphyYes
Elf MaxI loved that!
Elf UlanThank you Elf Max, and Crash. I love listen to your radio show too! There are a lot of songs that I didn’t know!
Elf Crash MurphyI’d like to share his Green Christmas but I’m not sure if I should
Elf MaxStan Freberg did Green Christmas?
Elf MaxI have heard of that
Elf Crash MurphyYes he did
Elf MaxI think that would be good on Kringle Radio
Elf Crash MurphyWell, maybe we will do it down the road
Elf UlanGreen Christmas means?
Elf MaxBy the way, Crash, I thought you were going on vacation
Elf Crash MurphyI am going on vacation. Couple of weeks, I think now
Elf MaxOh…thought it was sooner than that
Elf Crash MurphyGreen Christmas was a radio sketch Stan Freberg did in the 1950s about the commercialization of Christmas
Elf Crash MurphyIt was quite controversial then – and funny – and it’s still controversial now.
Elf UlanWill you join the wrestling?
Elf Crash MurphyYes, I’m still doing the mud wrestling
Elf Crash MurphyCan’t wait for that
Elf MaxIs that your only plan for vacation, Crash?
Elf Crash MurphyOh, I’ll fit some fishing in somewhere
elf radarGreen Christmas was a comedy Christmas record if I remember correctly
Elf MaxDo you eat what you catch?
Elf Crash MurphySometimes. But mostly catch and release.
Elf UlanOkay, thank you. Sounds fun!
Elf Crash MurphyGreen Christmas was satire. I think Freberg originally did it for an album or his radio show. I know it caused a stir
Elf MaxWhy were people upset?
Elf Crash MurphyIt wasn’t his radio audience. It was the radio executives and sponsors who got upset. He squarely targeted them in the sketch and they didn’t like it
Elf Crash MurphyThe radio audience loved it. That is why it has endured for more than, what is it? 60 years or so now?
Elf weather trackerHi everyone, sorry I am late
Elf Crash MurphyI heard it when I was a kid. It is kind of a Christmas tradition to me.
Elf Crash MurphyHi Elf Weather Tracker, how are you?
Elf MaxSo you listen to Christmas comedy a lot?
Elf Crash MurphyYes, I collect it.
Elf MaxInteresting.
Elf weather trackerGood, how are you Crash?
elf radarHi Elf Weather Tracker
Elf MaxDo you do an episode about Christmas comedy on your radio show?
Elf Crash MurphyI do!
Elf weather trackerHi Elf radar
Elf MaxCan’t wait to hear that one
Elf Crash MurphyMaxy, you should do a radio show.
Elf MaxNot on your life.
Elf Crash MurphyHahaha, why not?
Elf MaxBecause I don’t do microphones. Sorry.
Elf Crash MurphyI’m going to talk to Roger. He’ll make you do it.
Elf MaxLike heck he will….
Elf Crash MurphyWith your knowledge, you’d be great on a radio show or a podcast.
Elf MaxNever gonna happen, Crash.
Elf Crash MurphyBashful?
Elf weather trackerHi Elf Max
Elf MaxYes. In the extreme. I hate the sound of my own voice.
Elf UlanYou can try it once!
Elf Crash MurphyYou’re saying that to ME? My voice scares cats in the neighborhood.
Elf Crash MurphyIf I can do it you can do it.
Elf MaxNo way.
Elf Crash MurphyI bet if I was a cute girl and begged you’d do it.
Elf MaxYou’d lose that bet, Crash.
Elf Crash MurphyOk, Max. Maybe someday
Elf Crash MurphyHow’s the weather where you are Elf Weather Tracker?
Elf UlanI understand it
Lol!
Elf MaxAre you a big weather watcher, Crash?
Elf Crash MurphyOh yes sir. I have to be
Elf MaxReally? Why?
Elf Crash MurphyI fly in an open sleigh. That matters.
Elf MaxDoes Santa try to avoid the weather on Christmas Eve?
Elf weather trackerI just got home from spending time with some friends of mine at one of the local lakes and had a picnic
Elf Crash MurphyHeck no. He flies right into it.
Elf Crash MurphyEverytime.
Elf MaxSo…he must like it?
Elf Crash MurphyI don’t know about that. He’s just on a mission. He does not let weather slow him down.
Elf Crash MurphyBut if it were me, I’d decide to fly around it.
Elf MaxHow come?
Elf Crash MurphyWell, firstly, rain hurts when you’re flying at 35,000 feet
Elf MaxWouldn’t*t be ice or snow at that level?
Elf Crash MurphyYes, that’s why it hurts
Elf MaxBut don’t you have goggles or other protective equipment?
Elf Crash MurphyYes. But it still hurts
Elf Maxtalk about your job hazards
elf radarIs wind the hardest element to navigate through?
Elf Crash MurphyYes, and that’s just the start of it
Elf Crash MurphyYes, Elf Radar the wind is terrible
Elf Crash MurphyEspecially in certain places, like Wyoming.
Elf Crash MurphyHow does anyone LIVE there?
Elf UlanYou need a clear mask
Elf Crash MurphyThey never turn off the wind in Wyoming.
Elf Crash MurphyI have goggles…but they never stay clear, Elf Ulan
Elf Crash MurphyThen Santa goes from North to South so often I have to do a costume change every 30 minutes. It’s exhausing
Elf MaxDo you seriously change clothes on the sleigh?
Elf Crash MurphyChange is the wrong word, Max. It’s more like taking layers off and putting them back on again.
Elf MaxDoesn’t your sleigh have a heater and an air conditioner?
Elf Crash MurphyYes, and they work. But switching back and forth as quickly as we do makes it a very busy activity
Elf Crash MurphyLast year we went from the Marshall Islands to Japan – in minutes.
Elf Crash MurphyAnd Japan can get REALLY cold.
Elf UlanSo fast!
Elf Crash MurphyEveryone talks about Siberia and that place is cold too. But Japan is surrounded by water….and boy does it get cold there.
Elf MaxSanta follow that north-south pattern his whole flight though
elf radarAre there issues with jet lag afterwards?
Elf Crash MurphyYes, he does – he has to because of the time zones, Max
Elf Crash MurphyJet lag? Not really. It’s more that we’re in the sleigh for 35+ hours or so.
elf radaror would it be sleigh lag?
Elf Crash MurphyThat’s a LONG day
Elf MaxIt’s usually longer for you, Crash
Elf Crash MurphyYes, it is
Elf Crash MurphyBut I love it
Elf UlanWow, too long!
Elf MaxHow do you do it?
Elf weather trackerDo you have snacks on your slay Crash?
Elf Crash MurphyIt’s Christmas. It’s exciting. It just pumps me up. I have the funnest job in the world.
Elf Crash MurphyYes, I pack a lot of snacks on the sleigh
Elf MaxWould you ever consider taking someone else with you?
Elf weather trackerThat’s good Crash
Elf Crash MurphyOh yes, I’ve asked but Santa won’t allow it.
Elf MaxWhy not?
Elf Crash MurphyToo dangerous, I think. They’d have to get sleigh certified.
Elf Crash MurphyBut I think Santa sees the whole thing that I do very dangerous. That’s why he doesn’t take anyone with him ever
Elf MaxWell, he picks up Mrs. Claus sometimes
Elf UlanRice balls are good too. If you like it
Elf UlanBall
Elf Crash MurphyHe does. Usually in Hawaii. But Mrs. Claus is also a sleigh pilot, so she’s certified
Elf Crash MurphyRice bowls? Now you’re getting me hungry!
Elf MaxOh, I forgot about that
Elf weather trackerIf you would like me to leave you some healthy and different kinds of cookies out this year for you Crash, I would be happy to
Elf Crash MurphyBesides, by the time we get to hawaii things are pretty much in a low gear. The trip from Hawaii to Alaska at the end is an easy one
Elf Crash MurphyOh, thank you Elf Weather Tracker. Sadly, Santa gets cookies because he goes into homes. I mostly stay up in the air all night. I never get to get down to where the goodies are!
Elf Crash MurphyThere was a dude in New Mexico last year who said he left me some ribs.
Elf weather trackerOk, I can set something outside on our patio table for you
Elf Crash MurphySanta said they were great
Elf MaxWhat you need is a support team who could chase some of these things down for you
Elf Crash MurphyTHAT’S what I say
Elf Crash MurphyBut Roger nixes that idea
Elf Crash MurphySays we can’t spare the reindeer or the sleighs for food.
Elf Crash MurphyThe big meanie.
Elf MaxHahaha
Elf weather trackerBummer, I’m sorry Crash
Elf MaxDoesn’t Frank usually talk on the radio about what food you pack on the sleigh?
Elf Crash MurphyYes, he gives me a hard time about it every year
Elf Crash MurphyHe says I’m a bad example with the things I eat
Elf MaxOh? Like what?
Elf Crash MurphyYou know. Doritos. Ding Dongs. Pork rinds.
Elf Crash MurphyAll your food group basics
Elf MaxDon’t you take eggnog too?
Elf Crash MurphyOf course.
Elf MaxHow do you feel after that long flight and all that bad food?
Elf Crash MurphyI feel fine.
Elf weather trackerIf I could set Santa a note to let him know that donuts and other snacks would be just for you Crash
Elf Crash MurphyI mean, yeah, I take a long nap but who doesn’t on Christmas?
Elf Crash MurphyElf Weather Tracker…funny you mention that. Santa tells me all the time when people leave food for me. But he never gives me the food. He always teases and says things like “That sure was good!”
Elf MaxDo you and Santa talk alot on the flight?
Elf weather trackerBoy Santa is silly
elf radarLOL!
Elf Crash MurphyWe can, yes. It depends on where we are and what he’s doing. Sometimes it’s work related and sometimes it’s just for fun.
Elf Crash MurphySanta is a fun man to work with. I’ve never known anyone so happy in their work. He’s amazing.
Elf MaxIs he ever serious?
Elf Crash MurphyOh yes. But he never worries.
Elf weather trackerThat’s good Crash
Elf Crash MurphyHe’s a worker though. Very competitive. He is always trying to beat his previous records.
Elf Crash MurphyI’ve never seen anyone who can think on his feet like Santa. He can do a million things at once and remember things at an incredible level of detail.
Elf UlanAmazing!
Elf weather trackerWhat is your favorite State here do you like to visit Crash?
Elf MaxI think that is part of what makes him Santa
Elf Crash MurphyIn the United States?
Elf weather trackerYes Crash
Elf Crash MurphyGolly, I don’t know. You have to remember, we get to places at night time so I don’t really get to see them on Christmas. Every place is the same in the dark
Elf Crash MurphyPlus, I’m from the United States. My home state is Georgia, so I guess I’m partial to that place
Elf weather trackerThat’s true, you should come visit Oklahoma sometime Crash
Elf Crash MurphyBut I like everywhere we go.
elf radarHow did the trike work in the sand?
Elf Crash MurphyReally, really good in the sand. I loved it.
Elf Crash MurphyThere’s the place in Utah I want to go to with it called the Coral Sand Dunes. Friend told me about it. I’m thinking of heading there towards the end of my vacation with the trike
Elf Crash MurphyIt’s PINK sand.
Elf weather trackerThat’s Awesome Crash
Elf Crash MurphyGoogle it, the pictures of the place are crazy
Elf MaxDo you ride ATVs?
Elf UlanPink sand!
Elf Crash MurphyNope I’ve never done that
Elf MaxIf you go can we see pictures?
Elf Crash MurphySure, if I remember to take them
elf radarExcellent! People here use them in the snow here in the winter but I’ve never seen them on the beach!
Elf MaxI want to see pictures of you mud wrestling too
Elf UlanMe too!,
Elf Crash MurphyHahaha…dream on, Maxy
Elf Crash MurphyWhen you get on the radio, I’ll show you mud wrestling pictures
Elf MaxNot fair!
Elf UlanLol
Elf Crash MurphyMy trike, Elf Radar…isn’t normal
Elf MaxLook at the time, Crash. I totally lost track
Elf Crash MurphyYeah, it’s alright. I’ve had fun here today. Nothing too serious. that’s good for a Sunday
Elf MaxI think we should do more open chats
Elf Crash MurphyI agree
Elf Crash MurphyKeeps things light!
Elf weather trackerHave fun on your vacation Crash
Elf MaxWell thanks for taking the time with us today, Crash
Elf MaxAnd Elf Weather Tracker is right – enjoy your vacation!
Elf MaxWe expect a full report.
Elf UlanYeah, It was fun! Thank you Elf Crash and everyone!
elf radarThank you for your time Elf Crash and Elf Max. This was certainly enjoyable
Elf Crash MurphyOk, we can do that. Maybe we’ll try an open chat during Christmas in July sometime
Elf weather trackerDon’t forget the pictures Crash please
Elf MaxThat’s a great idea!
Elf Crash MurphyOk, I’ll do my best
Elf Crash MurphyBye everyone!
Elf MaxBye Crash!
Elf MaxThanks everyone for being here!
Elf UlanBye!

Mrs. Claus Chat Recap Posted

Mrs. Claus was the guest of honor in North Pole Chat over at SantaUpdate.com this month, an event that featured many visiting elves from right here on SantaTrackers.net. Elf Taylor was there, as was Elf Radar, Elf Ulan, Elf Sugar Cookie and Elf Crusader. Elf Crash Murphy was there and the event was hosted by Elf Ernest.

You can read the chat transcript at this link. 

Elf Trixie assisted Mrs.  Claus today. Afterwards, she chatted a little longer with Mrs. Claus to answer more questions that had come in via SantaUpdate.com. That has been added to the chat transcript as well.

We have already been asked when Mrs. Claus will be returning for another chat. We believe this might happen during Christmas in July. We are still working on the calendar and will let you know.

Elf Winslow

Chat Recap – Elf Jobs Update with Elf Sandy Claus

Elf Chat featured a visit from the head of the Department of Elf Resources, Elf Sandy Claus. Sandy just got back from the Elf Supervisor’s Meeting in Costa Rica, an event that figured a little in our chat about new elf jobs. There are several new jobs that Sandy told us about. Here is the chat transcript:

Elf MaxHello!
Elf Sandy ClausHi everyone!
Elf MaxHello! And welcome back!
Elf UlanHello!
Elf Sandy ClausOh it’s good to be back! But what a great week
Elf Sandy ClausHi Elf Ulan!
Elf MaxDid you stay the whole week?
Elf Sandy ClausYes, I returned yesterday, a little ahead of the others
Elf Sandy ClausSo much work to do!
Elf MaxOh I bet…you must be tired
Elf Sandy ClausActually, I’m good. Santa had us on an easy schedule. It was pretty relaxed.
Elf MaxSo did you get a lot of sun?
Elf Sandy ClausYes. I got fried to a crisp!
Elf MaxHahaha
Elf MaxHopefully that will heal soon.
Elf Sandy ClausIt is not too bad, actually. Totally worth it.
Elf MaxWell, Sandy, for our chat today, we really haven’t had a chance to talk about or plan this. How would you like to proceed?
Elf Sandy ClausWell, there are some new things to discuss. But maybe we should start with questions first?
Elf MaxOk, that’s fine. We can keep things casual.
Elf MaxWho has a question they would like to ask of Elf Sandy?
Elf Sandy ClausWhile we wait for that, I can answer a question I got in my email about the Birthday Coordinator job. The question was will there be more than one.
Elf Sandy ClausAnd the answer is yes, we will start with just two but will add as our birthday list grows.
Elf MaxOk. That sounds like a good plan.
Elf Sandy ClausMax, I have a question for you – how is our birthday portal coming along?
Elf MaxIt’s done.
Elf Sandy ClausOh wow!
Elf Sandy ClausThen we are definitely moving forward on that project this week. By next week at this time we will have two new Birthday Coordinators.
Elf MaxNice.
Elf MaxNo questions from you elves for Elf Sandy?
Elf UlanI do!
Elf Sandy ClausGo ahead, Elf Ulan!
Elf UlanThank you! About the new educator group
Elf Sandy ClausOk
Elf UlanI want to know about the details
Elf Sandy ClausOk. We want a group of educators to advise us. Mostly what we want are ideas for certain age groups of students
Elf Sandy ClausTowards the months of September through December we get a lot of younger elves
Elf Sandy ClausWe are looking to develop features that can be used in the classroom
Elf Sandy ClausWe get suggestions all the time over at SantaUpdate.com from teachers
Elf Sandy ClausBut they tend to come in at the last minute
Elf UlanOkay!
Elf Sandy ClausWhat we want is a good group of educators who can advise us all year long
Elf Sandy ClausAnd help us to help them.
Elf Sandy ClausWe have some teachers who want to track Santa as a class
Elf Sandy ClausThat has always been hard because school is out by the time Santa leaves the North Pole
Elf Sandy ClausSome of that will change this year with the things we learned at the Elf Supervisor meeting this week
Elf Sandy ClausBut we will still need to find ways for students in class rooms to learn about Santa and the North Pole
Elf Sandy ClausWe also want to find ways to reach out to those folks and let them know about the free resources we want to provide
Elf Sandy ClausSanta is a big fan of teachers!
Elf Sandy ClausSo this job is really a consultant type role. We want professionals – those who know that business to advise us
Elf UlanVery interesting!
Elf Crash MurphyThat’s a very cool thing, Elf Sandy!
Elf Sandy ClausYes, this is a very important project. I report directly to Santa on this thing.
Elf MaxSandy, I got the new Sector Lead job posted yesterday. I expected some questions but so far nothing. That’s a big deal, that job.
Elf Sandy ClausYes, it is a new job all together.
Elf Sandy ClausAnd a very big deal.
Elf Sandy ClausI don’t think elves have noticed it yet.
Elf MaxWell, I’m still not clear how it will work for sure
Elf Sandy ClausThe Elf Supervisors asked for this new position.
Elf Sandy ClausIt could be a very demanding job.
Elf Sandy ClausAs it says in the job description, it is kind of like an assistant Elf Supervisor role, in each sector
Elf MaxHow does this help the Elf Supervisor?
Elf Sandy ClausWell, each sector is actually quite large. This Sector Lead will help inform the Elf Supervisor in a private fashion of big things going on in the Sector
Elf MaxOk…like what “big things”?
Elf Sandy ClausNews. Weather. Natural disasters, etc.
Elf Sandy ClausThey will have news posting capabilities, we hope.
Elf MaxOh boy. How are we going to do that?
Elf Sandy ClausI don’t know.
Elf MaxThis sounds like a job for very experienced and mature elves.
Elf Sandy ClausYes.
Elf Sandy ClausWe have time to work this out. I think the target of getting this done is September, you know, to have elves in place
elf radarHello Elf Ulan
Elf Crash MurphyAre we going to find an elf like that in Sector 2?
elf radarHello Elf Ulan
Elf Sandy ClausGood question!
Elf UlanHello elf Radar!
Elf MaxWe also have the new Podcast Producer job that has recently posted
Elf Sandy ClausYes, also known as the Assistant to Elf Frank Myrrh position. That’s what we are calling it in ER
Elf Crash MurphyOh – don’t tell him that! His head will swell
Elf Sandy ClausHahaha. We’ll just keep that between us then.
Elf MaxThat is another one that will take a very mature elf.
Elf Sandy ClausYes, I agree.
Elf Sandy ClausI think the Social Ambassador jobs available now are very exciting.
Elf Crash MurphyThat’s why I’m here. I want to know about that
elf radarSorry guys, I was froze on this end and didn’t know the chat had started.
Elf MaxSorry to hear that Elf Radar
Elf UlanDid someone already apply for ER?
Elf Sandy ClausThe Social Ambassador jobs will require someone who is a self starter on social media
Elf Sandy ClausI haven’t had a chance yet to check email or new applications today. I’m a week behind
Elf Crash MurphyAre we going to be monitoring those social media sites all the time?
Elf Sandy ClausLoosely, yes. Elf Ivy will be over that.
Elf MaxWill Ivy be the one doing the interviews?
Elf Sandy ClausYes, this is her baby
Elf MaxDon’t we already have a few elves who run social channels?
Elf Sandy ClausI think so. I believe we’re going to try to work them in to this new arrangement if we can. But honestly anyone can run a channel out there tied to SantaTrackers.net and we can’t do a thing about it.
Elf Crash MurphyYeah, true
Elf Crash MurphyI’m kinda a social media junkie
Elf Sandy ClausMaybe you should apply, Crash!
Elf Crash MurphyAh…my hands are kind of full. I couldn’t do it justice
Elf MaxOur time is running short. Any last minute questions for Elf Sandy?
Elf Crash MurphyAre there more new jobs coming out?
Elf Sandy ClausYes. Tons.
Elf Sandy ClausWe are trying not to bombard the board with a ton of them.
Elf Sandy ClausBut we are expecting more sector jobs to come from the Elf Supervisors individually
Elf MaxLike what kind of jobs?
Elf Sandy ClausI don’t know
elf radarThese sound like great jobs with a lot of potential.
Elf Crash MurphyYeah, I was there for that conversation. Santa told the Elf Supervisors to get creative
Elf Sandy ClausYes, that’s right
Elf Crash MurphyThe Supes were really concerned with having help doing all they need to do
Elf Crash MurphySo Santa said to be aggressive and invent jobs. Elves are wanting more to do and want to help
Elf Sandy ClausYes. My job is to help them get those jobs defined. I’m expecting some calls and messages this week from Elf Supervisors
Elf MaxInteresting.
Elf UlanYeah, I d love to help him and y’all
Elf Sandy ClausI would also suggest – again – that if any elves out there have an idea for a job we want to hear about it
Elf Crash MurphyI’d like to be a cookie tester. I volunteer as tribute
Elf Sandy ClausHahaha – I bet you would!
Elf UlanMe too!
Elf MaxSandy, I hear a lot of rumblings about Christmas in July. How will those events affect jobs?
Elf Sandy ClausChristmas in July is going to shake things up, yes.
Elf Sandy ClausBut I honestly don’t know what to expect other than I think July through October will be very busy this year. And then it just goes absolutely crazy.
Elf Sandy ClausThe best jobs will be filled before September. And any elves applying coming November will just not have much to pick from.
Elf UlanElf Sandy, what should I prepare now for the job?
Elf MaxWhy is that? We get most of our elves back in November?
Elf Sandy ClausJust the way Santa wants it
Elf Sandy ClausElf Ulan – I will send you a message. But for right now, write down some of your ideas
Elf Sandy ClausThe Elf Educator group is going to take us some time to build. Teachers are BUSY people and finding those who have time to participate will be difficult
Elf MaxSandy, is there a similar group being formed for parents?
Elf Sandy ClausYes. But I’m not sure who is going to lead on that project. So far, no applications.
Elf MaxOk, very good. Informative chat today, thank you Elf Sandy!
Elf Crash MurphyYes, great job!
Elf Sandy ClausThanks for having me today!
Elf Sandy ClausBye everyone!
Elf Crash MurphyHave a great Saturday!
Elf MaxVery good. Thanks everyone!

Changes to Points and Ranks Coming

Today in Elf Chat major changes to points and ranks were announced by Elf Max. The chat recap is below.

The changes to the program are driven by Santa, who wants points and ranks to focus more on our mission of tracking Santa for Santa. Here are some highlights Elf Max announced:

  1. Elf ranks will stay the same as they are now. However, points assigned based on activities everyone does on the website will be redefined
  2. Two new kinds of points were announced. Tracker Skill points and Santa Skill points.
  3. Tracker Skill points focus on your elf activities tracking Santa. There will be points, ranks and badges for your tracking skills. Since the information we all send to Flight Command comes from reports the big focus in this area will be on the reports we send. Lots of new kinds of reports coming too.
  4. Santa Skill points are a little more mysterious. These are points that will be given to you by Santa himself. These are recognition for special efforts and contributions that go above and beyond. There will be points, ranks and badges for this category, too.
  5. A new feature called Gift was announced that will allow an elf to give some of his or her points to another elf.
  6. A new feature that Max calls “coupons” will give points for participating in special or one-time events.

Max explained that this change to the program will likely take him a month of working in phases to roll out. Elves will need to be paying attention during this time frame if they are concerned about losing the points they already have gained.

Here is the chat recap:

Elf Roger StarHello everyone and welcome to today’s chat.
Elf Roger StarWe have had a lot of changes this year and today we are going to introduce a big one
Elf Roger StarIt is complicated and it is a MAJOR change
Elf Roger StarIt has to do with Elf points, ranks and badges
Elf Roger StarThis is part of the effort to help focus what we do as elves on Santa’s mission
Elf Roger StarHere to explain it all is Elf Max, who is setting up the new program
Elf Roger StarJust for the ease of our chat today, please understand that Elf Max and I will talk for an extended time, then we will open things up for your questions.
Elf Roger StarI ask that you please just write your questions down and then hang on to them until Max and I complete our discussion of this, okay?
Elf Roger StarMax, can you tell us what this change this new program does?
Elf CrusaderYessir
Elf MaxHi. Yes. The new system will help us focus efforts on our mission better
Elf MaxRight now, our points system is what they call “vertical”.
Elf MaxYou get points for just doing stuff on the website.
Elf MaxThings like logging in, posting on the Elf Wall, liking things, etc. get you points
Elf MaxAs you gain points you move up in the ranks
Elf MaxAs you move up you get badges for certain kinds of achievements
Elf MaxThis system has served us well
Elf MaxBut Santa now feels it is time to improve it by focusing our activity on the more on our jobs as trackers
Elf Roger StarOk, how do we do that?
Elf MaxWe do that by splitting our points achievements into different types. Going forward, we will get points just as we have in the past by being active on the website. But now we have two NEW ways to get points that we didn’t before. We will have points for Tracker Skills and points for Santa Skills.
Elf Roger StarOooooh that sounds interesting. What are Tracker Skills?
Elf MaxTracker Skills are the things we do to help Santa track Santa.
Elf MaxOur key role as a tracker is to send information to North Pole Flight Command, right?
Elf MaxGoing forward, you will get points for every time that you do that.
Elf MaxFor example, if you go to the updated Tracker Reports page you will see several new report types. Each report carries a point value. Every time you send in a report, you get a certain amount of points. So, obviously, the more you send in reports the more you will move up in your total points.
Elf Roger StarOkay, that makes sense. But is it all about just sending in more reports? Won’t that make it so that trackers can just inflate their points by just randomly sending in reports?
Elf MaxNo. Just because you send in a report will mean that you get points for it. You can send it reports all day long but if they don’t make sense they don’t count. You have to really know how reports work in order to get the points for them.
Elf Roger StarWhat does that mean?
Elf MaxWhen you send in a report it goes first to the office of your Elf Supervisor. The staff in that office opens your report and grades it on several things. Did the Elf Supervisor ask for the report?
Elf MaxIs the report pertinent to what Santa’s needs are right now?
Elf MaxIs the report complete?
Elf MaxIs it useful?
Elf MaxIn all, there are 22 criteria each report must meet before points are awarded for it. If you meet all the criteria you get all the points. If you meet just some of it, you only get partial points.
Elf Roger StarWow.
Elf MaxIf it is what they call a “lazy report” where only a few of the criteria is met, you likely wouldn’t get any points.
Elf MaxSo your work in tracking Santa for Santa will really be getting a lot of attention on quality. You have to be really paying attention to move up in Tracker Skill ranks.
Elf Roger StarSo there’s new ranks, too?
Elf MaxThere are new ranks specifically for Tracker Skills. Your tracker skills will then convert over to your overall points and push you up in your elf rank overall.
Elf Roger StarSo this really focuses things in a whole new way.
Elf MaxYes, one of Santa’s biggest goals is to make us better tracker elves. So we are going to be laser focused on those reports and listening to what Elf Supervisors are requesting.
Elf Roger StarSo will these new Tracker Skills ranks be added to the Top Elves page?
Elf MaxYes, you will be able to see your ranks in Tracker Skills displayed in line with your overall Elf rank.
Elf Roger StarOk, so points on one side like its always been for site activity and points on another for tracking Santa stuff. That seems to make sense.
Elf MaxYes, but there is yet another point type to talk about. We call them Santa points.
Elf Roger StarOoooh. What’s that?
Elf MaxWell, Santa wanted a way to award elves he sees making special efforts and contributions.
Elf Roger StarWhat kind of efforts or contributions?
Elf MaxWell, that’s up to Santa. He doesn’t want to be too specific with the category because he wants elves to act on their own initiative.
Elf Roger StarWhat does that mean?
Elf MaxWell, he gave me an example. Elf Lil Cream was the first of our community to set up her own podcast. Santa says that was “above and beyond”.
Elf MaxSanta says that shows creativity, enthusiasm, Christmas spirit, initiative and a real desire to do good. He wants to recognize elves who things like that.
Elf MaxPoints for this will be awarded by Santa. So to will the ranks and the badges in this category. You won’t be able to just go and do something on the site to get these points.
Elf MaxYou’ve got to get Santa’s attention.
Elf Roger StarWow, these are some really gold standard points.
Elf MaxYes, and Santa tells me he will be very generous.
Elf Roger StarOk, so points and ranks for Elf stuff, points and ranks for Tracker stuff, and points and ranks for Santa stuff.
Elf MaxThat’s it in a nutshell. But there’s more.
Elf Roger StarMore points?
Elf MaxWell, kinda.
Elf Roger StarWhat do you mean?
Elf MaxWe will be introducing new features that could lead to new points. There are two of them.
Elf MaxThe first is called Gift. Elves will soon be able to give points to other elves for whatever reason.
Elf Roger StarWhy would any elf want to give away their points? Won’t that cost them?
Elf MaxIt might. But Santa wants this capability because he wants elves to help other elves.
Elf MaxSanta explained that the spirit of giving is “learned when it is earned”, meaning that the more we give the more we receive.
Elf MaxSanta says that sacrifice is an important part of giving. That when we give up things to others at the expense of ourselves we learn the real gift is given to us. He calls it the essence of Christmas.
Elf Roger StarThat sounds complicated. Do you think Santa will offer us some sort of explanation himself?
Elf MaxYes, I talked about this with him and Elf Ernest at the same time.
Elf MaxAnd Ernest pretty much asked the same thing you just did. He was really concerned about elves understanding it.
Elf Roger StarOh, okay. If Ernest is on the job then we’re going to see a lot about this topic.
Elf MaxYes. The purposes for our discussion here is to just introduce the feature
Elf Roger StarOk, so gifting points will be a thing. If an elf needs some points to get to a new level it will be possible for another elf to help him or her out, right?
Elf MaxYes, that’s a good example. But you could give points for any reason you want.
Elf Roger StarOk. Interesting.
Elf MaxWe have another new feature that for right now I’m calling coupons.
Elf Roger StarOk. What is that?
Elf MaxIt will be random point opportunities that will be made available by redeeming a coupon. We will have special point opportunities that may be different than the norm and to get those points you have to do whatever the activity is and then “redeem” the coupon.
Elf Roger StarCan you give an example?
Elf MaxSure, let’s take a look at Toyvember, for example. We have had a few elves participate in that. If we had coupons set up we could have said “turn in your drawing when you redeem this coupon using the code Toyvember”. Then the elf would have received points for that.
Elf Roger StarOkay, so one time events? Like participation points
Elf MaxYes, I think in most cases. But Santa says he wants to get creative with this, so expect different things.
Elf Roger StarOk, so when does all this stuff begin?
Elf MaxWell, Santa gave me until Christmas in July to get this going. But this is big. I have to do it in stages.
Elf Roger StarOk – so what can we expect?
Elf MaxWell this is a total rebuild of the system. Part of doing this will be wiping out all the points and ranks and badges as we have them right now.
Elf Roger StarHoly smokes. Everyone loses their ranks?
Elf MaxOnly temporarily. I will be sending out updates on this for each phase of the changeover. Things might look a little weird for short periods of time. And that might feel painful.
Elf Roger StarOkay. I think we can be patient to get all this new stuff.
Elf MaxI hope so. I will be sending out in advance warnings when certain things will happen. I will be folding over old points into the new system but there will be a brief period where everyone will be unranked and have zero points. I don’t want any panic when that happens.
Elf Roger StarSo their points will still be there?
Elf MaxYes, but the entire system is being rebuilt. I don’t know yet if the new system will have the same point value as the old ranks did. That’s because we have so many new ways to be getting points.
Elf Roger StarMeaning what? That 100 points won’t be worth 100 points any more?
Elf MaxKind of. Right now, to get Altair ranked as an elf you need 5000 points. There might be a new level, say 10,000 points, to get that rank going forward. If that happens we need to make adjustments to the points for value.
Elf MaxThe idea here is that we don’t just throw away the past five years of point accomplishments. We need to have a way to keep the levels we have while adopting the new system we want.
Elf Roger StarSounds complicated.
Elf MaxIt is. But we want everyone to pay attention. There will come a day, probably soon, where I will say “write down your points”.
Elf MaxI am backing up the current system. I will be keeping a record of what points everyone has. I will know what their old points were. I want THEM to know how many points they had though.
Elf Roger StarSo elves would be wise to be paying attention then.
Elf MaxYes, that’s my number one worry. Those who aren’t paying attention are not going to understand. We have a ton of elves who are not here and may never see this unfolding. I can’t do anything about them. But those elves who are here I want them to know what’s happening.
Elf Roger StarSounds good. Will all this be explained in Elf University for new elves?
Elf MaxYou know what? I thought to do that too so I wrote all this stuff and then Santa told me NOT to include it.
Elf Roger StarHe did? Why?
Elf MaxBecause he doesn’t want elves chasing points. Santa says that if we put out something that shows exactly where every point comes from then we’ll have elves trying to game the system by doing only those things that give them big points.
Elf Roger StarOh, yes. I’ve seen it. Does that mean the Elf History will go away in their profiles?
Elf MaxNo, Santa thinks it is important to be transparent about points earned, he just doesn’t want to emphasize points for the sake of points. He wants elves to do the right things.
Elf MaxIf an elf does the right things the points will come.
Elf MaxBut Santa is more concerned with meeting the mission and developing stronger elves.
Elf Roger StarOk, got it. Thanks Max. Ok guys, now is the time to ask whatever questions you might have. There will be a recap of this chat posted and I’m sure a lot of other stuff to explain these big changes as we go along.
Elf Roger StarI know this is a lot to take in
Elf Roger StarAnd Max…what a huge job for you!
Elf MaxYeah…this is big
Elf Crash MurphyOk, this might be a dumb question
Elf Roger StarFire away, Crash
Elf CrusaderMax, why does Santa want me to do another podcast with Crash?
Elf Crash MurphyWell I noticed that points for Max and for me and all the senior elves were reinstated
Elf Crash MurphyWon’t we end up dominating the Top Elves charts eventually just because of our jobs?
Elf MaxCrusader – to answer your question, we need your help getting elves to understand these changes
Elf MaxCrash, yes, that’s one of MANY adjustments we need to make. My points in particular have shot up like mad. That’s not fair. I’m on the site constantly, posting stuff, changing things
Elf MaxWe need to separate admin things and make sure guys like me don’t get a zillion points. It’s skews things
elf radarThis new points systems sounds good. You guys did a really good job explaining it.
Elf Crash MurphyOk, good. I think the Elf Community should be about elves tracking Santa for Santa
Elf Roger StarThank you Elf Radar
Elf Crash MurphyDang, Max. You explained that in 20 minutes
Elf Roger StarMax, what’s your timeline on this?
Elf MaxIt’s going to take a lot of time in April to get this ready. I’m thinking right now that around middle of April I will send out a warning to everyone to record their points.
Elf MaxThen around the last week of April, we will wipe everything, install the new points to backdate what we can, then see where the rankings are and start a period of adjustments
Elf MaxI’m not promising anything but I’m hoping by May 1 the new system is up and everyone feels good about it.
Elf Roger StarOk.
Elf Crash MurphyElves coming back in the fall are in for quite a shock
Elf MaxYeah…I’m aware. Not much we can do about it. I’m just glad all the people here today are here
Elf Roger StarSanta really wants this and other changes behind us before Christmas in July.
Elf Roger StarChristmas in July this year begins a new era in tracking Santa for Santa
Elf Roger StarOk, any other questions?
elf radarHopefully we will be familiar enough with it to help answer questions by the time we get busy in fall
Elf MaxI want to thank everyone for coming. I know this wasn’t a FUN chat but we needed to get this out there
Elf Crash MurphyWell, I had fun. Got through two bowls of ice cream during this.

 

Elf Supervisor Meeting Recap

The Elf Supervisor Meeting was held on December 5th, 2021. The chat transcript is posted below:

Elf MaxHi all – our chat will begin at the top of the hour.
Elf Pringles Jinglesalright
Elf HannahHello!
Kyle LorenzoHeyo!
Elf HannahWow, lots of people online.
Elf MaxWe will not have Elf Clif from Sector 2 with us today. We’re having technical difficulties in Turkey
Elf MaxBut it looks like all of our other elf supervisors are here
Elf MaxWe will begin in about two minutes.
Elf MaxBe thinking of the questions you want to ask your supervisor
Elf MaxOk guys, let’s begin
Elf MaxFirst of all, an announcement
Elf MaxTomorrow, or even today, all sectors are now ACTIVE
Elf MaxThat means the tracking centers are all “live” with the North Pole
Elf HannahAlright!
Elf MaxAnd all sectors will begin to send instructions to Santa Tracker Elves out there.
Elf MaxIn anticipation of this, we have arranged for trackers to meet their elf supervisors today
Elf MaxTo speak to them directly
Elf CrusaderHello
Kyle LorenzoHi
Elf HannahHello, Crusader
Elf MaxIf you have a question, please state your elf name and your sector so we can direct it to the right supervisor
Elf Candy CaneHi everyone!
Elf CrusaderHello Hannah
Elf MaxOk, so who has a question?
Elf CrusaderElf Crusader sector 5:
Elf MaxOk, Crusader. Go ahead.
Elf HannahElf Hannah Sector 3
Elf Candy CaneIf Santa doesn’t come to your house what does that mean?
Elf CrusaderDoes this mean we start sending Santa reports?
Elf Candy CaneOh right I forgot, Elf Candy Cane Sector 5
Elf PinkyYes, starting tomorrow I will be sending a report request to trackers in Sector 5, Crusader
Elf CrusaderAnd also, Santa missed us last year, does this always happen?
Kyle LorenzoHello, my elf name is Kris and I am in sector 5. I have a question about the bedtime warnings. Will I be still held to it even while working at my job on Christmas Eve?
Elf CrusaderOk got it !
Elf PinkyElf Candy Cane, not my department. If Santa doesn’t come that’s something that would go through SantaUpdate.com
Elf PinkyBedtime advisories are exempt for those who are working in critical roles.
Elf CrusaderCrusader, sector 5: how often is Santa in a persons house? And why?
Kyle LorenzoOk thanks for the answer Elf Pinky!
Elf CrusaderHow often does Santa miss a person’s house?
Elf Candy CaneAll right, if we have to send reports around 12. pm how would I do that if I go to school?
Elf CrusaderSorry, I need to let other people ask questions
Elf nicelf nic sector 3 how are we for recruitment numbers are we on track or do we need more effort in sector 3?
Elf PinkyCrusader, not my department. We track Santa where he is going, not where he has been. You’ll need to talk to someone in Delivery Services to find out why Santa doesn’t come. Santa does not go to every house and there are a lot of reasons for that
Elf CrusaderOk thanks
Elf Rolf JanssenSector 3 recruiting is ongoing. We NEED a LOT more elves
Elf Pringles JinglesHi!
Elf PinkyReports are sent in when you can send them in. We will not be putting in a time they are due
Elf nicAre their any specific methods you recommend for recruiting?
Elf HannahElf Hannah sector 3 What country in the sector is most on track and which one needs the most work?
Elf Rolf JanssenRecruting can happen in a number of ways. One on one, on social media, talking before groups, etc.
Elf CrusaderCrusader sector 5 last question from me:  Where does Santa stop first?
Kyle LorenzoI am not a supervisor but I think it’s sector 1 Oceania?
Elf Rolf JanssenIn Sector 3 Germany is doing very well and leading the way. Most middle African countries need a lot of help. Some Internet issues there though
Elf Pringles JinglesElf Pringles sector 5, where even is the north pole?
Elf CrusaderOceania? As in the pacific?
Elf HannahAnd I know languages are an issue in a lot of countries as well
Elf PinkySanta goes in order from Sector 1 to Sector 5. But where he stops first in each sector is up to Santa
Elf nicelf nic sector 3 are we going to be assisting the air lift with reports this year weather, air traffic etc
Elf CrusaderGood luck getting an answer Pringles, I think the poles exact location is a secret
Elf Randi HumeSector 1 is my Sector. We cover the South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, all of the Pacific Rim
Elf Pringles JinglesIt doesn’t hurt to ask
Kyle Lorenzo‘@Elf Crusader: Yes sir
Elf Rolf JanssenNic, your reports are used by all flights originating from the North Pole, not just Santa’s sleigh
Elf CrusaderOf course not Pringles, I meant no harm in what I said
Elf Candy CaneAhem, I really shouldn’t be asking this but.. Is it okay to at least *take a tiny peek* at other trackers?
Elf Pringles JinglesElf Pringles sector 5, where even is the north pole?
Elf MaxThe location of the poles is no secret. It’s at the pole. How much more clear can they make it?
Elf Pringles Jinglesok
Elf CrusaderThank you for clarifying max!
Elf Pringles JinglesIs there a way to go there?
Elf PinkyNo. Do not look at other trackers. We need your attention on Santa and the job we have to do.
Elf Hannahelf hannah sector 3, What are some challenges our sector is/will face this year?
Elf MaxIf you can catch a sleigh or have your own plane with enough fuel, of course you can visit the poles
Elf Pringles Jinglesok
Elf Rolf JanssenIn Sector 3 the biggest problem is getting folks to sign up early and get trained.
Elf Pringles Jinglesthink maybe I could boat there?
Elf Rolf JanssenOnce we get elves on board they seem to catch on pretty quick
Elf Candy CaneOk thank you, I won’t even search them up!
Kyle LorenzoHow does Santa deliver the presents if the Chimneys have no opening for him?
Elf HannahAlright, I assume that’s generally the problem for all sectors
Elf CrusaderAfter Santa launches, is it too late to send a wish list?
Elf Randi HumeYou cannot get to the North Pole in a boat
Elf nicelf nic sector 3 while staying away from other trackers is their any external software you recommend us using such as weather radar systems
Elf Pringles Jinglesok
Elf CrusaderCan you handle extreme cold Pringles?
Elf PinkyIt’s never too late to send Santa a wishlist…unless it’s December 26th or he has already been to your house
Elf Pringles Jinglesif i have a coat then yea
Elf Pringles Jinglesi think
Elf Candy CaneI imagine the north pole would be something like Antartica
Elf Rolf JanssenActually, when it comes to the weather a lot of trackers cut and paste info from various online weather services a lot. We do NOT want you doing that
Kyle LorenzoGiven how it is at the north pole, are you willing to deal with frostbite levels of cold Pringles?
Elf Pringles Jinglesdoes anyone in this chat live at the north pole?
Elf CrusaderThe north pole is -16 below and maybe more as far to my knowledge
Elf Rolf JanssenWe want you looking out YOUR window and telling us what you see
Elf CrusaderWithout proper warming equipment, you would freeze
Elf Pringles Jinglesyea
Elf Candy CaneWhen I was little I thought Antartica was just a place full of icebergs and glaciers, with no Civilication.
Elf CrusaderNo. I live in sector 5
Elf Randi HumeI live at the North Pole a few months each year.
Kyle LorenzoThat’s not normally the case since scientists do go there for research purposes on the biological wildlife in Antarctica
Elf Pringles JinglesElf Randi Hume how did you get to go there?
Elf CrusaderWhen I give a report, I usually do it by things I see, Not things I see on the Internet
Elf Randi HumeI take a sleigh back and forth
Elf Randi HumeI’ve been the elf supervisor in Sector 1 for six years
Elf Pringles Jingleshow did you get the sleigh to come?
Elf Randi HumeBut my home is actually at the North Pole
Elf Randi HumeThe sleigh department takes care of it
Elf Hannahelf hannah sector 3, Is there a currency at the north pole? I know it says somewhere that elves are paid with cookies, but how are houses and stuff paid for? If a new elf came to the pole, where would they stay?
Elf Rolf JanssenThe currency of the North Pole is sugar cookies
Elf Pringles JinglesSo could I ask them to bring a sleigh to me?
Elf Randi HumeIf an elf needs a house he or she puts in an order at the Workshop, they send a team
Kyle LorenzoEven for paying bills?
Elf nicelf nic sector 3 is their going to be a transcript available of this chat
Elf HannahSo essentially it’s free
Elf CrusaderI like your enthusiasm Pringles, but I don’t think it’s that easy
Elf Randi HumeYou’ve got to be a level three elf to get a sleigh
Elf Pringles Jingles3 stars?
Elf notJackElf notJack sector 5  – I’m a new tracker this year and I was wondering if it’s a simple job? As in it’s easy to catch on quickly?
Elf Randi HumeNobody pays for anything at the North Pole
Elf CrusaderSo, what level is an Altair elf? Do we get sleighs
Elf HannahHow does one become a level three elf exactly? What jobs are listed in that margin?
Elf PinkyNotjack, it is fairly easy to be a tracker elf. There are plenty of people here to help you
Elf Pringles JinglesWait Elf Randi Hume do you mean level 3 in stars? Because if you do then i am 4 stars so i might be able to go
Elf Candy CaneI think when I was little I watched too much christmas movies.
Elf MaxAltair Elf is a SantaTrackers.net designation. Has nothing to do with the North Pole
Elf HannahYeah, if you have questions you can definitely get answers
Elf CrusaderExactly Pinky! I’m always up for helping new elves!
Elf Randi HumeLevel three is elf supervisor or above. All others at the North Pole usually don’t need sleighs
Elf HannahOkay.
Elf notJackOkay thank you!
Elf Pringles Jinglesok
Elf CrusaderGot it!
Elf HannahSo, just to make it clear, someone just coming to the north pole would be picked up in a sleigh and moved into a house fairly easily, no pay.
Elf MaxI don’t know exactly how it works because I’m not at the North Pole either. But I think you have to live at the North Pole to even become a level 3 elf
Elf Pringles Jinglesok how do i become an elf supervisor?
Elf Candy CaneWhen we watched the polar express in 2nd grade, I took my bell home and I sat on my bed at night ringing the bell over and over again.
Kyle LorenzoDoes Santa come by in these chat events sometimes?
Elf Pringles Jinglesok how do i become an elf supervisor?
Elf Randi HumeTo become an elf supervisor takes a LOT of years.
Elf Pringles Jinglesok
Elf HannahI don’t think you can really, you’d have to work really really really hard and even then it probably isn’t possible, Pringles
Elf Randi HumeIt took me about 46 years. And I’m a young one.
Elf CrusaderRarely, Santa is usually busy. Sometimes he makes a surprise  appearance
Elf Pringles Jinglesok
Elf Candy CaneBut anyways, what if our parents say we can’t leave Cookies on the table or Milk?
Kyle LorenzoAh okay
Elf CrusaderSort of wish he would show up on here
Elf PinkyPlease do as your parents ask. Santa will understand
Elf MaxUm….shall I tell them, guys?
Elf Tubby RyderYes, tell them
Kyle LorenzoCandy Cane, maybe try to sneak it in with the reindeer food? Depending on if the cookies get eaten by the reindeer before then
Elf Rolf JanssenDefinitely tell them
Elf CrusaderI never got a complete answer to this question: a friend of mine may have seen Santa
Elf HannahWhat is it?
Elf CrusaderWhen asked about elf crusader, Santa said he knew me
Elf MaxDon’t give the reindeer cookies!!!
Elf CrusaderAnd this was in Minneapolis
Elf CrusaderMax, I don’t think a lot of people have heard my podcast about the reindeer
Elf PinkySanta was in Minneapolis recently. I talked to him by phone
Kyle LorenzoI’m kidding!
Elf CrusaderSo, I’m guessing that was him
Elf MaxI don’t think they want to know
Elf HannahMinneapolis? Crusader is probably right about seeing Santa then
Elf Randi HumeMaybe not
Elf Tubby RyderThey want to know this, TRUST ME
Elf HannahMax, what is it that you want to tell us?
Elf CrusaderI guess I was. No doubt about it then, Santa was up here. That’s interesting, considering it was one of his first stops
Elf notJackI want to know
Elf PinkyYes, NotJack – you DO want to know
Elf Candy CaneYes, tell us max!!
Elf HannahSanta was here in Germany (not near me) too
Elf MaxOk. Santa is coming for the Tracker Elf Conference. Exclusively for Tracker Elves
Elf CrusaderSpill the beans max!!!
Elf notJackI think I want to know…
Elf HannahYay!
Elf Candy Cane:O
Elf PinkyThat could be one messy chat
Elf CrusaderWooohoo!
Elf Pringles JinglesLETS GOOO
Elf Rolf JanssenHe really wants to talk to you guys
Elf HannahYesss
Elf Randi HumeYes, HE will have instructions for you
Elf CrusaderI guess it safe to confirm that it was sent in Minneapolis that My friend saw!
Elf Candy CaneI had SOOO much questions for Santa last year..
Elf HannahThank you guys for arranging that
Elf MaxSeriously. That’s big news guys
Elf HannahThank you so so much.
Elf CrusaderI’m guessing it’s safe to assume that it was actually Santa that my friend saw
Elf notJackYay!
Elf MaxOk, any other questions, elves?
Elf nicwhat type of instructions will he have
Elf Candy CaneThat’s AWESOME!!! @Crusader
Elf PinkyWhat Santa will say is unknown to us.
Elf MaxYes, you should know that Santa himself asked to address the conference.
Kyle LorenzoWhat kind of disguise does Santa use when moving about the general populace?
Elf HannahYes, I have one, but it probably can’t be answered- How do elves at the north pole live a lot longer than people who aren’t there?
Elf Candy CaneWho is in charge of Knowing why Santa didn’t come?
Elf PinkySanta wears shorts, sunglasses and flip flops when he travels in public
Elf HannahKyle Lorenzo, I know he shaves his beard
Elf MaxMoe might be able to answer that question, Candy Cane.
Elf HannahHe shaved his beard last walkabout
Elf CrusaderI have a question, has anyone seen or heard back from elf moe. I received an email from him about a special assignment assigned from Santa concerning delivery to my house
Elf Pringles Jingleswait how do i say something in the sleigh department?
Kyle LorenzoOh that I would have never expected him to do XD
Elf Pringles Jinglesor like how do i get in the department
Elf Randi HumeElf Hannah – it’s the dry climate and clean environment. Elf lifestyle is generally very healthy, too
Elf HannahCool. I thought it wasn’t possible to live past 120
Elf nicthank you very much for the chat but i am going to have to leave early i will see you all in the tracker conference
Elf MaxYou can contact the sleigh department (or any department) via Elf Ernest or Elf Hugo of the North Pole Post Office
Elf notJackHealthy? Don’t they consume A LOT of sugar?
Elf Randi HumeElf Hannah – you’re thinking that time at the North Pole is the same as it is everywhere else. It is NOT.
Elf Pringles Jinglesok thank you
Elf PinkyA lot of sugar IS healthy
Elf HannahOhhhh I know what you mean, it meets at all the different time zones
Elf Rolf JanssenBingo, Hannah
Kyle LorenzoHow do North Pole Elves deal with the phenomenon known as the Midnight Sun?
Elf CrusaderIf any of you See moe around, please let him know
Elf notJackTry telling that to my parents… 🙁
Elf Pringles Jingleshow would I contact elf ernest for him to get back to me asap?
Elf Tubby RyderNorth Pole elves wear sunglasses, use sunscreen and draw the curtains a lot during the sunny season
Elf HannahWow, that’s some cool science. The north pole is awesome
Elf MaxGood luck getting hold of anyone at the North Pole in December, Pringles.
Elf Pringles Jingleslol
Elf MaxErnest’s email is ernest@elf.fyi
Kyle LorenzoThat’s really interesting! Thank you Elf Tubby Ryder!
Elf HannahElf Pringles, just message him here. He’s really active considering he posts news every day
Elf CrusaderQuick question: what time does Santa actually leave the pole?  I want to make sure I tune in at just right time
Elf Pringles Jinglesok elf hannah! thank you
Kyle LorenzoTry to watch your local news Crusader, they also have santa tracking updates live too
Elf CrusaderAnd just for reference: I live in the central standard time zone in the United States
Elf HannahOh, sorry, I posted that but didn’t read the before messages
Elf PinkyFor those in Sector 5, Santa leaves at 1am EST on December 24th
Elf MaxSo midnight your time Crusader
Elf CrusaderSo Midnight
Elf MaxThe countdown clock is real time
Elf HannahNice to meet you guys
Elf CrusaderThank you pinky and max!  And that would be the time I would need to start tracking correct?
Elf MaxFYI, Elf Ernest posts daily at SantaUpdate.com. I post the news generally here on SantaTrackers.net
Elf Candy CaneMy time is eastern time.. So is that gonna be like 1: AM?
Kyle LorenzoIs there a time when Santa gets to sector 5 after launch, Elf Pinky?
Elf MaxCrusader – you’ll be tracking Santa long before that.
Elf PinkyYes, there will be a lot for Trackers to do before Santa launches
Elf PinkyFrom Dec 21st onward, we’re on the clock
Elf CrusaderOf course max!  I love my job!
Kyle LorenzoOk thanks
Elf Candy CaneAmazing! That’s so good to know!
Elf MaxOk, guys. We’re over time now. Any last questions?
Elf CrusaderMax, can you let the radio team know that I want to be interviewed Christmas Eve night?
Elf Tubby RyderYeah, I gotta go
Kyle LorenzoGoodbye!
Elf HannahSanta launches 7:00 AM in germany
Elf CrusaderThank you all for your answers!
Elf CrusaderMerry Christmas!
Elf MaxMax, yeah, I can tell them…but that’s a worldwide broadcast – 133 countries last year
Elf HannahWow, this was really fun!
Elf Candy CaneMerry Early Christmas!!!
Elf HannahThanks for clarifying some questions
Elf CrusaderHoly Toledo that’s a lot!
Elf MaxSo much will be going on at that time. You’ll see
Elf CrusaderMerry Christmas elves! Love and blessings to you all!
Elf Rolf JanssenBye guys! From Belgium!
Elf Pringles JinglesSee ya guys! Have a good day!
Elf MaxBye Rolf. Thanks!
Elf Candy CaneMerry Crimus* Guys! *Me and my friends say crimus* as a short way to say Christmas
Elf PinkyOk, see ya!
Elf HannahI’m super excited for this year, goodbye!
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Elf notJackThank you for answering my questions! Bye everyone!
Elf Randi HumeHappy trails!
ELF Santa tracker with 5 elfsDANG IT DID I MISS THE MEETING?!
Elf MaxSee you all later!

The North Pole Schedule: Chat Recap

Elf Chat RecapThe North Pole Schedule was the topic of a chat with Elf Ernest, Senior Vice President of Public Relations at the North Pole. The chat was held with Elf Ernest and Elf Max on Saturday, October 9 in Elf Chat.

The purpose of the chat was to answer some questions that had come in about planned events at the North Pole and to review the general information about the event themselves.

This is a very busy time of year at the North Pole. Not only are all preparations being made for Santa’s flight but production is ramped up in Santa’s workshop, the reindeer are in training, and elves everywhere are getting ready for Operation Merry Christmas.

Here is that discussion, rich with details about the North Pole Halloween Party especially:

Elf MaxHi Ernest, thanks for being here today
Elf MaxOur chat will discuss the schedule at the North Pole in the coming weeks
Elf MaxJust so everyone knows, I will briefly discuss this with Elf Ernest
Elf MaxThen we will open the chat up for whatever questions folks might have
Elf ErnestThanks, Max
Elf MaxErnest, we have a calendar, so why is this discussion happening today?
Elf ErnestWell, we do publish what is coming up but I think they sometimes generate a lot of questions
Elf MaxSo today we’re going to work on answers to those questions?
Elf ErnestYeah. It’s the little stuff you can’t put on the calendar. I think the North Pole Halloween Party and the Elf Parade are the ones generating most of the questions
Elf MaxAh, I get it now.
Elf MaxSo where do we begin?
Elf ErnestWell, there are a number of chats – some already on the calendar, and several yet to be added
Elf MaxYes, I think Elf Sandy Claus is the headliner at North Pole Chat this month
Elf ErnestYes, that’s right. That has been on the calendar for a long time. She will be chatting about elf jobs
Elf MaxRight – a lot of people have questions!
Elf ErnestYes, as we expected. Sandy is super busy so this will be a great time to catch her
Elf MaxOk, so the chats are going to increase in frequency. Good to know. What else is coming up?
Elf ErnestWell, the big Halloween Party is happening at the North Pole again.
Elf MaxYes, that’s a big news item and popular event. Why would tracker elves want to know about it?
Elf ErnestWell, it’s impossible for them to join the party, cause it’s at the North Pole, but you wouldn’t believe the questions we get
Elf MaxOh, like what?
Elf ErnestJust the fun stuff, you know, like the costumes certain elves are making or wearing
Elf MaxMaybe we should do a chat with some of those elves to talk about it?
Elf ErnestWe might. We also are kicking around the idea of maybe a special Halloween episode of the North Pole Podcast
Elf MaxOk. What else besides costumes do they want to know about?
Elf ErnestWell, the party itself. They know about the annual food fight but they want more details about other stuff
Elf MaxLike what?
Elf ErnestThe games and the activities
Elf MaxOk…can you give me an example of one of those?
Elf ErnestWell, we bob for snowballs.
Elf MaxYou…wait, WHAT?
Elf ErnestYeah, it’s different but it’s a scream
Elf MaxIt sounds cold. How does it work?
Elf ErnestWell it starts with a big tub of hot chocolate…
Elf MaxHuh?
Elf ErnestYeah, we put snowballs in it and elves have to fish them out before they melt. You get an elf on either side and the one who fishes out the most snowballs wins.
Elf MaxBut…sticking their faces in HOT chocolate? Won’t that burn?
Elf ErnestIt’s not that hot….it’s merely warm. And a little sticky
Elf MaxOk, now that’s a very different Halloween game. I like it!
Elf ErnestIt’s very popular. Almost as popular as the limbo contest
Elf MaxI have heard about that.
Elf ErnestThe limbo contest is very traditional. It’s how low you can go and elves just love to compete in it
Elf MaxThe Halloween Party at the North Pole is always big. But Halloween this year is on a Sunday, I think
Elf ErnestYes, good point. The party is on Saturday. And the elves working Santa’s sleigh will take a break and come home for that weekend.
Elf MaxOk, we look forward to the news coverage of the Halloween party. What happens next?
Elf ErnestWell, that period between Halloween and Thanksgiving is really the big time for decorating homes at the North Pole
Elf MaxOh yeah, I forgot about that
Elf ErnestYeah, it’s a quiet time, a little bit, because elves are in their homes, stringing lights and putting up trees but trying to hide what they are doing from everyone else
Elf MaxWhy are they hiding?
Elf ErnestWell, on Thanksgiving evening there’s a contest
Elf ErnestSanta goes on walkabout and the entire village goes with him to see all the homes and the lights
Elf ErnestThere’s a prize for the best decorated
Elf MaxOh I see
Elf ErnestYeah, if there’s a competition elves are all over it.
Elf MaxYeah. I’d be the same way
Elf ErnestBut that’s really the end of a very long and fun day at the North Pole
Elf MaxYes, I’m learning that people want to know more
Elf ErnestThanksgiving Day begins with the Elf Parade. Which is a HUGE deal
Elf MaxYes, lots of questions about that, Ernest. Many elves around the world want to participate
Elf ErnestThey will get their chance. We are going to hold a little contest for elves out there who want to dress up, decorate their trikes or bikes, and upload their pictures or videos to SantaUpdate.com
Elf MaxOh, that sounds fun!
Elf ErnestYes, we’d love to see how creative our remote elves can be with this
Elf ErnestYou know, Santa started this parade many, many years ago as a way for the elves to have some fun during a pretty stressful time
Elf ErnestAnd they do that, it’s very much an event with a lot of creativity, lots of smiles and good laughs
Elf MaxIt sounds like a ton of fun. Will there be radio coverage from the parade this year?
Elf ErnestYes, and we’re looking at ways to make it more detailed – maybe a radio show instead of just a news report this year
Elf MaxOh wow, that would be cool
Elf ErnestYeah, we’re talking to the news guys about it. Nothing official to announce yet but maybe we’ll have something soon
Elf MaxVery exciting!
Elf MaxWhat happens between the Elf Parade and the walkabout with Santa?
Elf ErnestWell, there’s the big North Pole Thanksgiving luncheon, you know, turkey with all the trimmings.
Elf MaxOf course! Duh….
Elf MaxWhat about the next day?
Elf ErnestThe next day is what is sometimes referred to as the launch of Operation Merry Christmas
Elf ErnestEarly, early in the morning in Santa’s workshop there’s a little ceremony
Elf ErnestHigh at the top of the ceiling in the atrium is a giant clock
Elf ErnestOn day #1 of Operation Merry Christmas, the day after Thanksgiving, that clock begins a long descent…dropping a little each day until Santa launches
Elf ErnestBy the time launch day arrives the clock is just about at eye level for most workshop workers
Elf MaxWhy in the workshop? Why doesn’t this happen, say, out in the village?
Elf ErnestWell, this is a very very old tradition at the workshop. Back in the day the workshop is where EVERYTHING happened. The mailroom was in there, the wrapping was done in there, and the sleigh was built in there
Elf MaxOh wow. I had no idea
Elf ErnestYeah, so when it was all together the clock kind of was the center of focus for everyone
Elf ErnestBut of course each of these departments have grown and have moved out of the workshop as the population of the world has changed things for us
Elf MaxDo other departments have clocks too? Even if they are separate?
Elf ErnestActually, in a nod to modern technology, they have web cams
Elf MaxSeriously?
Elf ErnestYes, the clock is continually shown on big screens in every department. Even North Pole Flight Command works from that little web cam image
Elf MaxThat’s really amazing
Elf ErnestAgain, just one of those little details
Elf MaxAfter that weekend…is that pretty much it for events at the North Pole?
Elf ErnestWell, no – there are lots of little events that happen in the run up to Christmas. Traditional stuff like concerts
Elf ErnestThere is a production of A Christmas Carol that runs on the Village Stage
Elf MaxWhat’s the Village Stage?
Elf ErnestIt’s our local theater
Elf MaxOh
Elf ErnestThere is a devotional at the North Pole Chapel on the Sunday before Christmas which is also really traditional
Elf ErnestBut honestly, once that clock starts dropping we’re all focused on one thing and that’s getting Santa’s sleigh off the ground
Elf MaxOk…Ernest, thank you for all this great detail today.
Elf ErnestMy pleasure. We will try to share as much as we can as we go along with the Santa updates
Elf MaxWe all watch for them religiously!
Elf ErnestThank you, I appreciate it