Country Ambassadors Named

The Department of Elf Resources is pleased to announce the promotion of the following elves to the position of Country Ambassador.

In this position Country Ambassadors are representatives of the North Pole to the assigned country. In this position, they communicate the ideas, attitudes and wishes of a country to the North Pole. It is a very important position. It may not require a ton of work (most countries are eager to please Santa). But if an issue comes up it is good to know that both the North Pole and the country have someone to turn to.

These are the new Country Ambassadors for Christmas 2021. There may be an additional list published in the coming weeks:

Elf Lil Cream – United States
Elf Fiona – Canada
Elf Valerio – Columbia
Elf Twinkle Star – Brazil
Elf Jasper – Argentina
Elf Hollis – South Africa
Elf Dingle – Kenya
Elf Agent Q – Saudi Arabia
Elf Featherhead – Italy
Elf Jingles Bot – France
Elf Tannenbaum – Germany
Elf Robert – England
Elf Kiley – Ireland
Elf Kilby – Iceland
Elf Dangerous – Norway
Elf Tinselberry – India
Elf Randi Candy – Australia
Elf Tua — Tonga

 

More Elf Promotions Announced with State Representatives

We are pleased to announce new State and Province Representatives for Christmas 2021. According to the job description, this is what a State/Province Representative does:

A state representative works for the elves AND BELIEVERS of Santa in any given state or province. They are charged with being the voice of the people TO THE NORTH POLE. In other words, if there are any concerns about anything that people of the state want to have brought to the attention of Santa or the North Pole it flows through these representatives.

This is a very serious job.

As a state or province representative you will be charged with teaching people of your area of responsibility how to become elves, where they can get more news and information and Santa and the North Pole and you will relay to those in your area any information Santa and the North Pole feels is of urgent conveyance to the people.

It will take us some time to update the Elf Map but here are the State/Province Representative elf promotions we have completed so far:

Elf Drew – Idaho, USA
Elf Slimey C – California USA
Elf William P. – Oregon, USA
Elf Babe – Washington, USA
Elf Foster T.– Utah, USA
Elf Jaime – Wyoming, USA
Elf Action Jackson – Nevada, USA
Elf Desert Rat – Arizona, USA
Elf Pee Wee – Texas, USA
Elf Gnome – Colorado, USA
Elf Frostberry – Kansas, USA
Elf Tinselhead – Nebraska, USA
Elf Bernard II – South Dakota, USA
Elf Sparkle Nose – Minnesota, USA
Elf Danielle – Iowa, USA
Elf Josie – Missouri, USA
Elf Ellie – Arkansas, USA
Elf Howard – Mississippi, USA
Elf Lil Lady – Louisiana, USA
Elf Noel – Alabama, USA
Elf Grady – Georgia, USA
Elf Beach Baby – Florida, USA
Elf Sassy – South Carolina, USA
Elf Gloria – North Carolina, USA
Elf Frankie – Tennessee, USA
Elf Bahama Mama – Kentucky, USA
Elf Dieter – West Virginia, USA
Elf Gabby – Virginia, USA
Elf Cheeser – Wisconsin, USA
Elf Homer – Michigan, USA
Elf Kylie W.– Illinois, USA
Elf Penny Rene – Indiana, USA
Elf Victoria – Ohio, USA
Elf Clausman – Pennsylvania, USA
Elf Yankee Doodle – New York, USA
Elf Blueberry – Maine, USA
Elf Paul R. – Connecticut, USA
Elf Vinny – New Jersey, USA
Elf Della – Delaware, USA
Elf Kenny D. – Rhode Island, USA
Elf Hazel – Quebec, Canada
Elf Eh – Ontario, Canada
Elf Maynard – Manitoba, Canada
Elf Jilly – Saskatchewan, Canada
Elf Fudge Boy – Alberta, Canada
Elf Filly – British Columbia, Canada

Official Elf Count Update

We are pleased to announce that growth in tracker elf registrations grew last month by a global rate of 11.8% and that we now have enrolled nearly 78 million elves worldwide. Here is how each sector grew in September:

Sector 1 – +5.6%
Sector 2 – +4.6%
Sector 3 – +3.1%
Sector 4 – +3.7%
Sector 5 – +24.1%

While each sector shows improvement over the previous month Sector 5 continues to show the most explosive growth. We expect that trend to continue.

While the growth has been amazing we do note that in order to meet the 200 million tracker elf goal that Santa set for this year we need to recruit better than 122 million MORE tracker elves in the weeks ahead. The next four weeks are especially crucial to the overall season.

Please work to bring those you know on board as tracker elves tracking Santa for Santa this year.

Thanks!

All About Santa’s Reindeer

We had a chance to meet with Elf Victor, head elf of reindeer operations, in Elf Chat this week and this is how the conversation went:

Elf MaxThanks for joining us. Today we have a very special guest, Elf Victor, long time head elf of Reindeer Operations at the North Pole
Elf VictorThank you for having me.
Elf MaxVictor, before we get into the stuff we have planned, we are getting lots of questions about Donner
Elf VictorI know, I know
Elf MaxWell….what do you know? When will he be back to the North Pole?
Elf VictorDonner’s okay. He’ll be here in plenty of time. There is no need to worry.
Elf MaxWell, I think people want to know why he’s not there when all the other reindeer are.
Elf VictorTo be honest with you, that’s something Santa knows more about than me. I have my hands full with all the others.
Elf MaxDo you think we shouldn’t have said that Donner wasn’t there?
Elf VictorNo, I think Santa’s policy about being honest in all things is always best.
Elf MaxBut does hiding details make it honest?
Elf VictorNobody is hiding details. I just told you I don’t have details other than Santa said not to worry about it.
Elf MaxSo does that mean only Santa knows what is going on?
Elf VictorYes, as far as I know. I certainly don’t know. I love Donner, he and I have worked together for hundreds of years. If Santa says there are no worries, then there are no worries. I’m guessing Donner has a family thing or something going on and that it is really not a story.
Elf MaxOkay. The crush of these questions is tremendous.
Elf VictorYes, I get it. Not a day goes by without the questions.
Elf MaxOk, hopefully we will know something soon.
Elf VictorHopefully.
Elf MaxWithout Donner there at the North Pole has there been irregularities to the reindeer routine?
Elf VictorNo, not at all because the routine doesn’t begin until we’re into the post-Thanksgiving period. It’s about a 30-day training routine that includes the reindeer game. Before then we are doing things like long conditioning
Elf MaxWhat’s long conditioning?
Elf VictorThat is where we look at injuries or stress that happened to the reindeer from last season or even beyond. Some of these reindeer, like Donner, are getting a little old, even for reindeer
Elf MaxHow long can reindeer live?
Elf VictorWell, these are Santa’s reindeer we’re talking about so there is not much that is normal about them
Elf MaxOk, now we’re getting somewhere. How are Santa’s reindeer different than regular reindeer?
Elf VictorWell, how is Santa different from a regular person?
Elf MaxI don’t know how to answer that.
Elf VictorAnd I don’t know how to exactly explain how Santa’s reindeer are different. But they are. That’s all I know.
Elf MaxSanta’s says you are the foremost expert on reindeer in all the world.
Elf VictorWell Santa is very kind. That’s what the sort of stuff kind men say.
Elf MaxWell, if you can’t explain how Santa’s reindeer are different then who can?
Elf VictorIsn’t it enough to just say they are Santa’s reindeer and leave it at that?
Elf MaxYou’re comfortable with that? Aren’t you the least bit curious?
Elf VictorOf course, I am. But not like when I was a much younger elf. I’m old now, even for an elf. But I’ve come to realize that we don’t need to explain every bit of mystery and magic about what goes into Santa.
Elf MaxA lot of people won’t accept that.
Elf VictorWell, I know. That’s too bad. Those who reject the magic of Santa deny themselves the real flavor of life.
Elf MaxWhat do you mean?
Elf VictorI mean that we don’t leave this world understanding everything. I mean, why is every snow flake unique? That’s a good question but is my life going to change if I can wrap my head around that simple little mystery?
Elf MaxSo you’re saying it is okay that we don’t know the secret to Santa’s reindeer?
Elf VictorYes, I’m saying its okay.
Elf MaxBut I want to know.
Elf VictorOf course you want to know. But here’s the problem. You already do know. Santa comes. Every year. You can’t deny that can you?
Elf MaxOf course not. I believe.
Elf VictorOk, since you know that then you know that Santa has reindeer. Very special reindeer that can fly. They are part of how he does what Santa does. We cannot deny that, can we?
Elf MaxNo sir.
Elf VictorOk. So you know it’s true and that it happens. Who cares if you don’t know every detail like how reindeer fly or getting around the world in one night?
Elf MaxOk, I can accept that.
Elf VictorThat’s the deal right there: acceptance. Like the Donner thing. If Santa says he’s ok, well, then I’m  accepting of that and I will just wait for Donner to show up and when he does we’ll get down to work.
Elf MaxWell, what if Donner doesn’t show up until Christmas Eve?
Elf VictorThen we’ll figure it out.
Elf MaxSimple as that?
Elf VictorSimple as that. Things always work out. Even when things go wrong, things work out.
Elf MaxDid Santa tell you that?
Elf VictorNo, just years of experience. But I can tell you Santa thinks much the same way.
Elf MaxHow long have you and Santa known each other?
Elf VictorOh golly, most my life.
Elf MaxWere you always an expert on reindeer?
Elf VictorNo, but I’ve pretty much always worked with reindeer as an elf. From the very beginning.
Elf MaxAre the reindeer as old as you?
Elf VictorOh, they are much older. I don’t know the whole story but I know some of it.
Elf MaxCan you share all you know?
Elf VictorNope. That’s the honest truth. There’s some details I just cannot tell you. There are also details I just don’t know. But I will tell you all I can about how reindeer work and what tracker elves need to know about them in order to do their job.
Elf MaxOk, fair enough. I appreciate that. Do tracker elves really need to worry about the reindeer?
Elf VictorNot much and not usually. However, a tracker elf is an elf. So they need to be ready to contribute in any way possible.
Elf MaxWhat does that mean?
Elf VictorWell, many years before you joined us Santa had a little emergency in Latvia. He needed some help and he needed an elf. The closest elf to him just happened to a tracker elf in Latvia.
Elf VictorSo Santa asked him up on the sleigh to help him lift some stuff. Santa, you see, suffered a fall. Broke a rib and sprained an ankle. He needed another pair of hands. There just happened to be a tracker elf nearby.
Elf MaxNo way!
Elf VictorYes, it does not happen a lot but it can happen.
Elf MaxHow could a tracker elf possibly help with reindeer? I would be scared of doing something wrong.
Elf VictorMost of the time it’s just a matter of being prepared with food and water. A lot of people think of Santa and leave him cookies and milk. But they forget all the reindeer. We expect our trackers to think of the reindeer.
Elf MaxSo that’s why we get so much instruction about what reindeer can eat and drink?
Elf VictorYes, that’s right. It is an elf’s duty to see that the reindeer always have the right kind of things to eat and drink available, especially when Santa is on his trek.
Elf MaxWe should probably write that into the training somewhere.
Elf VictorThat’s a good idea. But I think most serious trackers already know this.
Elf MaxYou mentioned an elf had to help Santa when he got injured. What about a reindeer? How does an elf know what to do when or if a reindeer gets injured?
Elf VictorWe don’t expect that. But we do expect an elf to get hold of us at the North Pole and that whoever receives messages from tracker elves response to such an emergency message appropriately.
Elf MaxVictor, this is really good information. Thank you for sharing it with us today.
Elf VictorThank you for allowing me to. I always love to discuss Santa’s reindeer.
Elf MaxWe’ll do it again then!

New City Captains Added

We are pleased to announce the following new city captains. This is actually the first of several emails, this one covering much of the western part of the United States, plus a few others that we had ready. We are working on many, many more and will announce them soon.

Please note that we are also working on updating the Elf Map and hope to have it up to date by the end of the month:

Elf Barney – Bromyard, England
Elf Cookie – Suffield, CT, USA
Elf Cookie Dough – Boise, ID, USA
Elf Noghead – Gilroy, CA, USA
Elf Gary H – Merced, CA, USA
Elf Lindzey – Sonora, CA, USA
Elf Junipero – Sacramento, CA, USA
Elf Humm Baby – Roseville, CA, USA
Elf Snowberry – Truckee, CA, USA
Elf Mistletoe – Lancaster, CA, USA
Elf Gear Head – Irvine, CA, USA
Elf Waverunner – Temecula, CA, USA
Elf Thunder Lips – Winslow, AZ, USA
Elf Paige – Holbrook, AZ, USA
Elf Dusty – Page, AZ, USA
Elf Michelle R. – Cedar City, UT, USA
Elf Danny U. – Price, UT, USA
Elf Fudgie – Provo, UT, USA
Elf Frosty – Reno, NV, USA
Elf Angel Star – Elko, NV, USA
Elf Kristie – Twin Falls, ID, USA
Elf Tristan – Idaho Falls, ID, USA
Elf Rexter – Rexburg, ID, USA
Elf Shailey – Jackson, WY, USA
Elf Pops – Cheyenne, WY, USA

 

New Elf Promotions – More Coming

We have a bundle of new elf promotions to announce this week. This first round, listed below, are for elf assignments related to recruiting, news and podcasting. They are:

Elf Educator – Elf Tinsel
Elf Educator – Elf Baubles
Elf Recruiter – Elf Cherry Blossom
Elf Recruiter – Elf Cheryl L
Elf Recruiter – Elf Red Hat
Elf Recruiter – Elf Cheerio
Santa Tracker News Reporter – Elf Hannah
Santa Tracker News Reporter – Elf Kringle
Santa Tracker News Reporter – Elf Ullrich
Certified Podcaster – Elf Lil Cream
Certified Podcaster – Elf Crusader

Soon elf promotions relative to City Captains, State Representatives and Country Ambassadors will be posted. We are working on updating the maps and contacting those we need to inform about these positions.

We remind you that several of these positions remain open and available. We assure you that the Department of Elf Resources is working hard to respond to applications and to put elves in place as quickly as possible.

 

Chat with Elf Pinky Schedule

A chat with Elf Pinky has been scheduled for Saturday, November 6th at 8pm EST.

Elf Pinky is the Elf Supervisor of Sector 5. Sector 5 is for North and Central America. There are more tracker elves in this sector than any other on earth.

Elf Pinky has scheduled this chat as a test. While she is directing comments and discussion to trackers in Sector 5 she wants it clear that elves in other sectors are welcome to participate and ask questions if they are available.

This is the first in a series of specific chats in November. This is a great time period for training and asking questions.

Questions from New Tracker Elves

Questions from new tracker elves was the topic of today’s chat with Elf Crash Murphy, considered by many to be the foremost Santa tracker in all the world. Elf Crash trails Santa on a chaser sleigh every Christmas in his role as the eye in the sky reporter for North Pole Radio News. He is also an acclaimed trainer in the Santa Tracker Elf Program.

Here is the transcript from today’s chat:

Elf MaxHi all – our chat with Elf Crash Murphy will being at the top of the hour
Elf Crash MurphyHiya Max!
Elf MaxHi Crash, thanks for being with us
Elf MaxToday we’re going to take questions from new tracker elves
Elf Crash MurphyOk
Elf MaxI have a lot that have come in via message, as we have some elves who cannot be here today
Elf Crash MurphyThat’s ok
Elf Crash MurphyI will try to help as best I can
Elf MaxElf Sugar Cookie has several questions
Elf MaxThis is the first: On Christmas Eve, will Santa’s position on the map be moving on its own, or will we need to refresh the page?
Elf Crash MurphyThat question might be better for you Max, it’s a website question
Elf MaxYes, the page refreshes I believe every 30 seconds
Elf Crash MurphyYes, but it depends on which browser you’re using.
Elf MaxOh really?
Elf Crash MurphyYes, not all browsers are alike, especially on a phone
Elf MaxTrue, and that’s driven by javascript and that could be disabled in a lot of browsers with pop-up control
Elf Crash MurphySo if folks allow popups on this site it would work?
Elf MaxYes, it should
Elf Crash MurphyReally good question!
Elf MaxVery good question.
Elf MaxHere’s another:
Elf MaxWould I be able to access the same North Pole Radio News reports on santaupdate.com that would be broadcast on the radio, or would I need to be tuned into the Santa Tracker Channel for the best results?
Elf Crash MurphyThey will be available individually when news is posted at SantaUpdate.com
Elf MaxYes, but only at SantaUpdate – all other sites will have the stream
Elf MaxSugar Cookie also asked this:
Elf MaxWould supervisor check-ins be affected if I am at work on the 22nd or 23rd? (Given the nature of my job, I’d be able to check in, but things like chimney and roof inspections would be impossible until I get home.)
Elf Crash MurphyWow, Sugar Cookie is really asking GREAT questions
Elf MaxSugar Cookie is the best!
Elf Crash MurphyI did some training with all the elf supervisors a couple of weeks ago
Elf Crash MurphyAnd Sugar Cookie describes a very common situation. Christmastime is very busy
Elf Crash MurphySo we talked about that with the Supes
Elf Crash MurphyI think we’ll see some report requests go out early
Elf Crash MurphyThings like roof reports and chimney inspections can really be done even as far as a week before Christmas
Elf Crash MurphyIn fact, there was a lot of talk about getting them done and out of the way
Elf Crash MurphyIt’s just that we get so many new elves in those last few days before Christmas
Elf Crash MurphySo everyone needs to be a little flexible
Elf Crash MurphyWe also know many of our trackers take all this information very seriously
Elf Crash MurphyAnd they want to work work work in those last few days
Elf Crash MurphyThey’ll stay up late to watch the news when Santa launches
Elf Crash MurphyAnd then to miss getting some important sleep
Elf Crash MurphyWorse, some might even skip family events
Elf Crash MurphyAnd we don’t want elves to do that.
Elf Crash MurphyYou check in when you can, elves. And you do what you can. But not at the expense of your family and the time you spend doing things together
Elf MaxHere’s another from Sugar Cookie – As a tracker elf, I plan on staying away from any Santa tracker map that isn’t the official one. With that being said, one notorious tracker has some fun Christmas games on their website. Would I still be able to play those if I stay away from the tracker portion?
Elf Crash MurphyWell, yes, of course that’s okay.
Elf Crash MurphyWe want everyone to have fun
Elf Crash MurphyI don’t see a problem with that.
Elf MaxCrash, what are we going to do when people come here and see our map doesn’t match the maps of the other guys?
Elf Crash MurphyWhat do you mean what are we going to do?
Elf MaxI’m sure elves will come here in chat and try to compare
Elf Crash MurphyWell, let them, Max. Those aren’t serious elves. I don’t know how anyone has time on flight day to be checking and comparing maps
Elf Crash MurphyWhat we have here comes from the North Pole
Elf Crash MurphyFrom Santa’s elves…
Elf Crash MurphyNot from some yahoos in army uniforms.
Elf Crash MurphyNo disrespect to those guys of course
Elf Crash MurphyBut there’s no way they can know where Santa really is, because their technology is flawed.
Elf Crash MurphySanta’s going to have 200 million elves out there and 400 years of advanced technology those clowns have never heard about
Elf Crash MurphyAny elf checking those maps is wasting their time, and that makes them less than an elf.
Elf MaxGee, Crash. You’re pretty passionate about that.
Elf Crash MurphyYeah, sorry. I just don’t understand some people I guess
Elf MaxThey say we all become tracker elves on Christmas Eve
Elf Crash MurphyYes, that is true. By the time Santa takes off most of our other work is all done. I think it is only natural to look after Santa
Elf MaxI have a question here from a workshop elf, Crash
Elf Crash MurphyReally? Like, you mean, Santa’s Workshop?
Elf MaxYeah, it’s verified
Elf Crash MurphyOk, fire away
Elf MaxI won’t give her name
Elf Crash MurphyAlright
Elf MaxShe asks: After Santa leaves I worry about maybe a mistake I might have made on something done earlier in the year. I can’t escape it. I worry like you wouldn’t believe that Santa will see a mistake on something I made
Elf Crash MurphyOh no
Elf MaxYes, that’s kind of a sad question, isn’t it?
Elf Crash MurphyYeah, it is very sad.
Elf MaxWhat do you say to that?
Elf Crash MurphyWell, look. I travel behind Santa doing the news
Elf Crash MurphySanta has a full sleigh and it’s a busy kind of vehicle
Elf Crash MurphyBut do you know what I carry in my sleigh – well, besides me and my pilot?
Elf MaxNo what?
Elf Crash MurphyTools. Supplies. Stuff Santa can use to fix problems or mistakes
Elf MaxReally?
Elf Crash MurphyYes, I mean, heck. Even Santa makes mistakes
Elf MaxHe does?
Elf Crash MurphyYes, he drops things like crazy. It’s not easy flying in a sleigh with those mittens on he uses and it is even worse when handling things
Elf MaxSo things break or need fixing?
Elf Crash MurphyAll the time.
Elf MaxWow, Crash. That’s really interesting.
Elf Crash MurphySanta has a lot to think about up there.
Elf Crash MurphyYou want to know what one of his biggest challenges is?
Elf MaxWhat would that be?
Elf Crash MurphyBatteries. Santa misses the batteries all the time. It happens.
Elf MaxOh sure. I guess that makes some sense
Elf Crash MurphyListen, Santa also always says something to me before we take off – every year.
Elf MaxWhat does he say?
Elf Crash MurphyHe says – it’s not a race and if we mess up we can always go back.
Elf MaxSanta says that?
Elf Crash MurphyHe does.
Elf MaxWhy? That seems a little weird to me.
Elf Crash MurphyNot to me, Max. Santa doesn’t want to mess up either. He worries. He doesn’t want anyone to feel left out. And with a whole world to serve it’s easy to make a few mistakes.
Elf MaxGolly.
Elf Crash MurphyI know, right?
Elf MaxYeah, that’s some pressure!
Elf Crash MurphyYes, it is. So I know where that workshop elf is coming from. Great question.
Elf MaxWell, we have another question from a North Pole elf about tracking Santa
Elf Crash MurphyReally? Wow, this is not what I expected today.
Elf MaxThis is from an elf in the medical center. Works for Dr. Lionel
Elf Crash MurphyOk.
Elf MaxHe asks, “With it being cold and flu season I usually work right up until Christmas Eve. But to be honest, I don’t know how to track Santa. Is it too late for me to learn?”
Elf Crash MurphyOh goodness, what an awesome question
Elf MaxI think that’s a pretty good question too
Elf Crash MurphyI would say this, Max
Elf Crash MurphyI would say that this is what Elf supervisors are for.
Elf Crash MurphyElves coming in late like that don’t have time to read all the training stuff
Elf Crash MurphyThey need simple, direct tasks where they can help
Elf Crash MurphyWithout having to worry about a bunch of training
Elf Crash MurphyAnd all they really need to know is that they can look at the map to see where Santa is and then check their sector page for direction from their elf supervisor
Elf MaxWell, but Crash — and this question is from me. What sector are North Pole Elves in?
Elf Crash MurphyThey’re in every sector
Elf MaxHuh – wat?
Elf Crash MurphyYeah, they help everywhere. That’s part of being a North Pole elf.
Elf Crash MurphyAnd when it comes to tracking Santa, it’s really helpful
Elf Crash MurphyElves at the North Pole work round the clock so when they get off it can be at any time
Elf Crash MurphyAll they need to do at the North Pole is login, the website will recognize them by the timestamp on their login
Elf Crash MurphyAnd they will be auto-assigned to a supervisor based on the area with the biggest need
Elf MaxBut how does an elf at the North Pole help with issues in, say, Italy?
Elf Crash MurphyThey don’t. The website and the supes know where the elves are from. So, knowing an elf is from the North Pole, they might get a different kind of task instead of a traffic report or weather report or any other thing specific to a location
Elf MaxWell, like what?
Elf Crash MurphyWell they might be asked to communicate something to an elf in a remote location
Elf Crash MurphyOr they might need to help forward pictures that come in
Elf Crash MurphyOr maybe to help re-direct a sleigh
Elf Crash MurphyThere are a million and one things that come up on a flight. There’s more than enough work for everyone
Elf MaxWow, Crash, that’s really interesting
Elf MaxOur time is up. Any final advice?
Elf Crash MurphyWell, I’d just remind everyone that it is October still
Elf Crash MurphyAnd we have lots of time left to learn and to train
Elf Crash MurphyAnd most of our elves will not even be coming on board until December
Elf Crash MurphySo there are a lot more chats to come.
Elf MaxOk Crash. Great talk. Thanks for being here today
Elf Crash MurphyThanks for having me. Bye y’all

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

Secrets of Santa Explored in New Santa Tracker Podcast

Elf Frank Myrrh has just posted a new episode of the Santa Trackers Podcast addressing the secrets of Santa’s flight. This interesting episode expands on the controversial recent episode of the North Pole Podcast over at SantaUpdate.com, titled Around the World in One Night.

Here is the new tracker episode:

While there is a lot of talk about non-believers in this episode I like to focus instead on the meatier topics related to Santa’s flight plan and all that goes into making that historic sleigh ride every Christmas.

I hope Frank and Crash continue to answer track elf questions in this fashion. It’s very interesting.

 

SantaTrackers.net Flooded with Applications

SantaTrackers.net is seeing an unprecedented number of new tracker elf registrations. Emergency meetings held late Friday, October 1st, saw elves added to SantaTracker.net support from other departments.

“Elf Max and his team at SantaTrackers.net have done an exemplary job in building that website and supporting the new elf community there,” Elf Ernest, Senior Vice President of Public Relations said. “But with Santa’s call for 200 million tracker elves by the time he launches is resulting in a dynamic never seen in the history of that site. We had to get them some help.”

SantaTrackers.net is in its 5th year of operation. Elf Ernest said the greatest burden is with the Department of Elf Resources, which is slammed with new elf applications, elf job requests, as well as questions from new elves all over the world.

Elf Ernest indicates that elves from administrative teams at the North Pole Post Office, the Wrapping Department, Public Relations and Reindeer Operations have all been shifted in duties to help with the needs at SantaTrackers.net.

Elf Roger Star, International Director of Santa Trackers, says the needs will only continue to grow in the weeks ahead.

“It is important to realize these are administrative needs – evaluating elf talent, interviewing elves, pushing paperwork and consulting with Santa and Elf Supervisors – all stuff that does not require tracker elf knowledge per se,” Elf Roger said. “We just need to get elves in place, get them trained, and answer their concerns before Santa flies. Right now, there’s a log jam in just getting the registered and counted. We’ll be working on this for the next several weeks and all this elf power shifted to the Department of Elf Resources and the work they do for SantaTrackers.net will be really helpful.”

Elf Max will continue to spearhead elf communications and site management. He will be supported in scheduled chats by trained elves and, of course, by the news teams.

We hope the elves frequenting SantaTrackers.net will bear with us as we go through these growing pains over the next several weeks.

How Tracking Santa for Santa Works

How Tracking Santa for Santa Works was the title of a special elf chat between Elf Max and Elf Roger Star, International Director of Santa Trackers at the North Pole. Here is their conversation:

Elf MaxHello, Elves. Our chat with Elf Roger Star will begin at the top of the hour.
Elf MaxToday’s chat is an informational event, meaning Elf Roger and I will hold a discussion that will be archived. It is designed to be reviewed later by those who cannot attend.
Elf MaxIf you have questions you want to ask, please wait until Roger and I have completed our discussion.
Elf Roger StarHello, Max. Let’s go.
Elf MaxJoining us today is Elf Roger Star, International Director of Santa Trackers at the North Pole
Elf MaxRoger is here to provide information about How Tracking Santa for Santa Works. Roger, what’s the first thing people need to know about tracking Santa?
Elf Roger StarI think it is important that people understand that the way we track Santa is not the way most people track Santa
Elf MaxWhat do you mean?
Elf Roger StarIn the age of the Internet there are a lot of websites out there who put up a map and just  say “There’s Santa”. That is how they track him. We can’t do that.
Elf MaxWhy not?
Elf Roger StarOur job, as elves, is to help Santa get around the world.
Elf Roger StarSo our tracking of Santa comes with some responsibility TO Santa.
Elf Roger StarWe, as tracker elves, feed information about our local area to North Pole Flight Command
Elf Roger StarFlight Command then organizes that information and feeds it to Santa
Elf Roger StarThat requires tracker elves to know where Santa is at all times and to know what Flight Command needs in order to help Santa
Elf MaxRoger, why has the North Pole set it up this way?
Elf Roger StarWell, the world is a big place. When we first started, Flight Command was set up as a means to just communicate with Santa
Elf Roger StarHe took off into the world and he had to deal with whatever he ran into
Elf Roger StarFlight Command, after a few years, started sending out scouts to different parts of the world ahead of Santa
Elf Roger StarJust so that he could know before he got somewhere if he would run into any problems
Elf Roger StarBut we found we just didn’t have enough elves to do that. The answer was to get more elves
Elf Roger StarSo since that time we have slowly working to find people who could be an elf, who wanted to help Santa, and who could give timely information about stuff going on where they live that could be passed along to Santa
Elf MaxOkay, so how does tracking Santa for Santa then work?
Elf Roger StarMost wait until Christmas Eve to look at their maps to see where Santa is. Many in some parts of the world are surprised to learn that Santa has already taken off
Elf Roger StarIn tracking Santa we do not believe in surprises, Max
Elf Roger StarWe believe in planning. Elves should know ahead of time when Santa is taking off, where he is headed and what information he requires.
Elf MaxSo you’re saying someone tracking Santa here cannot wait until December 24th to get started.
Elf Roger StarCorrect
Elf Roger StarIt is vital that weeks and months ahead of time they are on the North Pole websites.
Elf Roger StarThey should be reading the North Pole News
Elf Roger StarThey should know what’s happening with the development and test flights of Santa’s sleigh
Elf Roger StarThey should be up on the condition and readiness of the reindeer
Elf Roger StarAnd they should be training to understand how to fill out reports for the North Pole for when it really counts
Elf MaxWell, how do they know when it counts?
Elf Roger StarWell, obviously not much is going to count until December
Elf Roger StarBut honestly, it is set up in such a way that an Elf Supervisor can say to all the elves in their sector “Hey, Santa wants a roof report”, and then they would send in that report for their area right away
Elf MaxWill there be a lot of calls for that in December?
Elf Roger StarIt depends, but, yeah, there could be. Santa is a planner and to plan he needs information. He might want to know the specific weather report for certain areas, or maybe if there are construction delays in some places. It just depends.
Elf Roger StarWe really don’t know what he will want to know or when he will want to know it.
Elf Roger StarAs a general rule, I’d say elves tracking Santa for Santa need to be ready to supply information up to a whole week before Santa takes off.
Elf MaxWow…that IS tracking Santa different. Roger, what goes in to tracking Santa from the North Pole perspective?
Elf Roger StarWell we have a lot more to worry about than just know how Santa flies.
Elf Roger StarFlight Command is following not just Santa’s sleigh, but thousands of sleighs.
Elf Roger StarLong before Santa takes flight we launch something we call Operation Airlift
Elf Roger StarIt uses thousands of sleighs who do different things in support of Santa
Elf Roger StarWe still send out scout sleighs
Elf Roger StarWe send out weather trackers, sleighs that stay in the skies constantly to report on severe weather issues all over the world
Elf Roger StarAnd of course, we coordinate the moving of a lot of freight
Elf Roger StarSanta’s sleigh can only hold so much stuff and his sack only holds less than that
Elf Roger StarWe support Santa by keeping him continually stocked with the stuff that he delivers
Elf Roger StarThat effort alone takes better than 40,000 sleighs and hundreds of thousands of elves
Elf Roger StarSleighs are taking off and coming in to the sleigh port long before Santa takes off and long after he returns
Elf Roger StarThere are a lot of things in motion
Elf MaxDoes Flight Command have one map that shows all those flights?
Elf Roger StarNo, it’s too confusing to do that. And it is information, a lot of it, that people don’t need.
Elf Roger StarWhat we try to stay focused on is Santa. That’s the most important sleigh. The rest of it is managed by responsible elves who also have to know where Santa is all the time
Elf MaxAre their any conflicts in the air with so many sleighs flying around?
Elf Roger StarWe have never had an accidents. We stagger the sleighs at different altitudes. Outbound flights will fly at one altittude and inbound in another – and Santa can go wherever he needs to go. We keep the other sleighs out of his way
Elf MaxRoger, what are the odds that people out there in the world can see a flying sleigh on December 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th?
Elf Roger StarActually, the odds are pretty good. It is hard to keep that many sleighs hidden.
Elf MaxDo you want them to be hidden?
Elf Roger StarWe want them to be safe. The less people can see them the lower the chances of something bad happening.
Elf MaxLet’s talk about what happens in the skies BEFORE Santa takes off. What is that process?
Elf Roger StarOur first flights of Operation Merry Christmas usually launch around December 22nd. Those flights are dedicated to tracking weather events around the world. They are the sleighs and the reindeer who stay up the longest
Elf MaxDo trackers track those flights?
Elf Roger StarNo, these are very technical sleighs we send. They are wired to the teeth. We manage them mostly online, using special technology
Elf MaxOk, then what happens?
Elf Roger StarWell, all that time we are gathering information from our Regional tracking centers. The is a tracking center for each sector. We use that information to make lists of follow-up information we might need.
Elf MaxYou lost me, what does that mean?
Elf Roger StarEach Regional Tracking Center, from the day they open, sends in a daily report. Even now at the end of September we get that information.
Elf Roger StarFrom those reports we match up what is known about believers in that sector. Using Santa’s lists and combining what we know, we develop new lists of stuff we’re concerned about.
Elf Roger StarLet me give you an example from Sector 1, where there are a lot of islands.
Elf Roger StarThere’s a little island not far off the coast of New Zealand. A believer there by the name of Mela is someone Santa has special information about.
Elf Roger StarBut this is an isolated, small island where high winds are frequently a problem. Landing a sleigh there is tough
Elf Roger StarSo, we are studying weather patterns and wind tendencies on that island. Santa has a mission to deliver for Mela and he does not want to fail.
Elf Roger StarOur job, between now and Christmas, is to make it safe for Santa to get in and out of there.
Elf Roger StarFortunately, we have a tracker elf on that island, an elf we know as Elf Pringle. Pringle is feeding us instrument readings.
Elf Roger StarNow, granted, that’s an unusual request for a tracker elf. But he’s willing to do it and he’s doing good work.
Elf Roger StarWe are confident that between now and Christmas we will have all we need to direct Santa so that he and the reindeer can go there safely and deliver
Elf Roger StarWe have millions of such situations. Some require more information that others. But all of them require a lot of work.
Elf MaxWow, I had no idea. That’s really detailed. How can North Pole Flight Command keep all this straight?
Elf Roger StarWell, we’re not perfect but we work hard to help Santa as much as we can.
Elf MaxRoger, thank you for taking the time to explain this. Will you be available for follow-up questions?
Elf Roger StarOf course. We can schedule more chats, handle questions by message or email. We will do whatever we can to train the millions of elves Santa is asking for.
Elf MaxGreat, thanks for the chat today, Roger.
Elf Roger StarThank you and Merry Christmas.