Answers to Questions

Hi all! What follows are questions I received after today’s chat and the answers I want you all to know. Some of these questions may seem kind of simple for some of you but I am glad a few elves were brave enough to ask them of me. I think we have a lot of newer elves out there who are kind of wingin’ it and trying their best – but maybe we haven’t done as good a job training them as we hoped.

It also dawns on me that many are just now coming back to Christmas and tracking Santa for Santa. That is okay, too. As Elf Supervisors we have to remind ourselves that most elves working remotely have lives they need to attend to that is more than what we have to deal with. I work every day for Santa and you guys don’t get that opportunity. So, especially for those of you back in school, the time you get to know and do your elf work is kind of limited.

So please be kind in your response to these questions, if they seem basic to you. I want all of our elves to understand what Santa needs of you and how we (meaning the Elf Supervisors) are here to help you. Here are the questions and answers:

Q: Where do I find out where you leave instructions? I don’t know what to do as an elf and it isn’t clear to me where to find information?
A: Okay, this is a great question. I think one of the things made clear in our chat today was that many elves seemed to be saying they don’t know what to do right now. As that question was being asked in my mind I was thinking, “what? haven’t you been reading my posts?” Well, I think you’re telling me that’s not clear to you. So, here’s what you need to do. First of all, try to log in to the website here at least once a week, going forward. The first thing you should do it go to the News page – which looks like this:

Getting Info

Any news from Sector 5 is going to be headlined with the same post template – ours is red with a green stripe at the bottom that says “Sector 5 News”. Each sector has their own color and headline. For example, here is the post template for this post:

Post Template

Whenever I post anything it shows up on our Sector 5 page, on the Elf Wall and in the Santa Tracker Herald Star with this same post image. You should check out all of these pages linked here if you really haven’t done so before. We try very hard to get information out to you through all these resources but it is up to you to get logged in and visiting often.

Q: My account was “retired” because I haven’t logged in. How do I get it back?
A: Yes, Elf Moe talked about this earlier this week. If you go 90 days without logging in your account is “retired”. That means it is basically locked down for security purposes. Elf Moe can unlock it if you send either him or me a note. If you got longer than 90 days – your account could be deleted (many already have) and you won’t be able to get it back. This is policy and I can’t do anything about it.

Q: What is my job?
A: Our job is to “track Santa for Santa”. To do that we try to accomplish these three things:

  1. Learn the Elf Code, try to recruit more people to Become an Elf
  2. Provide the North Pole with local information that will be helpful to Santa when he takes flight
  3. Track Santa when he flies and respond when North Pole Flight Command asks for something.

Right now, we’re working a lot on #1 and #2. In terms of reports, I’m asking right now that you send in each week a local weather report for your area. You can literally copy and paste a link to a local weather news site or even just gab the text from one and put it in your report. Weather reports are used by Flight Command to plan test flights AND to learn weather patterns in your local area. That’s why sending them in each week is important. What day should you send this in? Really, it doesn’t matter. But I prefer you send it in on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, if that’s okay.

Other reports will be asked of you at odd times. Sometimes I want them for the database of information I’m building about the Sector for Santa, sometimes I ask for stuff that Flight Command wants to know.

One report that is becoming really important is the Local Christmas Report. You’re going to want to get familiar with this one because I’m going to ask for it a lot.

That’s about it for now, guys. More stuff to come, I promise. Thanks for all your hard work. If you have additional questions, please ask them in the comments below and I will answer them.

Transcript of the Elf Supervisor Chat

Elf Crash Murphy and several of the Elf Supervisors met in Elf Chat to answer questions of the elf community. This is a transcript of their conversation:

Elf MaxTrying to get the supes in here now….they don’t know what to do!!!
Elf Chocolate Snowflakesyes
Elf PinkyHey!!!
Elf UlanYeah, Elf Max
Elf UlanHello, Elf Pincky!
Elf UlanElf Pinky!
Elf MaxOk, from what I can see….we have Elf Randi from Sector 1 here…
Elf Chocolate Snowflakeshi pinky
Elf MaxElf Rolf from Sector 3
Elf MaxElf Pinky from Sector 5
Elf MaxCrash is here….
Elf UlanHello, Elf Randi!
Elf MaxWe’re missing Elf Tubby from Sector 4, who has internet issues
Elf MaxAnd Elf Clif, who can’t make it.
Elf UlanHello, Elf Rolf!
Elf MaxCrash, did I miss anyone?
Elf UlanHi, Elf Crash! XD
Elf Rolf JanssenHello everyone
Elf Crash MurphyI think we are good to go
Elf Randi HumeHi everyone!
Elf MaxOk, everyone…lots of people here, I’ll do the best I can to keep order
Elf MaxWe want this to be a very open chat
Elf MaxWe’ll try to take it one at a time, but we want you guys to ask your questions. The supervisors as I understand it do NOT have an agenda. This is all about your questions.
Elf MaxSo…that being said….who has a question?
Elf CrusaderI do.
Elf MaxOk, fire away
elfbubbleteahey guys!
Elf CrusaderElf Pinky, if an elf moves, do they have to reapply for a city captain position
Elf MaxGo ahead, Crusader
Elf CrusaderOr any position
Elf PinkyGood question, Crusader. We should talk about it, yes. We don’t want to kick someone out. I heard you were moving
Elf CrusaderIs my question not showing?
Elf Crash MurphyCity Captain is very location specific. So move to a city where there is no City Captain, Crusader
Elf UlanElf Randi, how are my reports so far? I want to know what weather report you need, wind, temperature, etc.
Elf CrusaderI am ma’am. To Iowa
Elf Randi HumeElf Ulan. Your reports are excellent. The biggest help in reporting the weather right now is the forecast for the next couple of days. With the sleigh in our sector right now, it helps
Elf MaxGreat questions!
Elf Chocolate Snowflakeself pinky what is your favorite thing about Christmas time?
Elf PinkyI heard all the elves in Sector 3 are shorter than 5’2″. Is that true?
Elf CrusaderCrash, what do you expect of us this year?
Elf PinkyI love tracking Santa. It’s my life, Elf CS
Elf Rolf JanssenNo, that’s not true, Pinky. I hear all the elves in Sector 5 wear pink.
Elf Crash MurphyI’ll hold off on answering that for now, Crusader. I think Elf Pinky should answer that
Elf PinkyI hope they do, Rolf!!!
Elf Crash MurphyYou two….
Elf CrusaderPinky, what do you expect of sector 5 this year
Elf PinkyExpectations? I would expect our elves to be present and paying attention. Ready for anything
Elf PinkyFor the record, we’re in good shape right now. Right on target
Elf UlanThank you, Elf Randi. So I can keep my style. Do you need to send the report tomorrow or Tuesday this time?
Elf PinkyOctober is going to be a busy time for us
Elf CrusaderDo we know when Santa will be home?
Elf Randi HumeElf Ulan, I prefer the weekly reports any time on Tuesday
Elf Crash MurphyNo clue about Santa, Crusader. People are starting to talk.
Elf MaxPinky, when is the best time to send in chimney inspections?
Elf PinkyThat’s an October thing, Max. Early enough to still have good weather but late enough for the information to be current for Santa
Elf UlanElf Randi, thank you! I’ll send it on the regular day. How about the local Christmas reports I send?
Elf MaxIs Sector 5 still the biggest one in terms of numbers of elves?
Elf PinkyYes, by far.
Elf notJackI have a question for Elf Pinky
Elf PinkyGo ahead, Jill
Elf PinkySorry, Elf NotJack
Elf Chocolate Snowflakeswow that’s alot of elves here in sector 5
Elf notJackUhh
Elf notJackOkay so, I’m not quite sure what I’m supposed to be doing right now in terms of reports could you explain your expectations?
Elf Crash MurphyIf you wanna get under Pinky’s skin, just call her Red
Elf Rolf JanssenHey Red!
Elf CrusaderHow am I personally doing so far pinky?
Elf PinkyReport expectations are pretty light. I’d like to see a weather report once a week right now, just to help with test flights
Elf PinkyWe want as well to be sending in reports that notes BIG changes locally since last Christmas
Elf Chocolate SnowflakesI have a question for pinky
Elf notJackOkay thank you!
Elf PinkyAlso, any upcoming road construction would be great to note as well
Elf PinkyBut I’m not asking for a ton of specifics right now, that changes after Oct 1 or if I get something new from North Pole Flight Command
Elf Crash MurphyGuys, as me that question at the end of the chat….
Elf UlanElf Randi, please tell me about the Local Christmas reports. My area is still very quiet, and my reports are okay or not
Elf CrusaderAm I still sector lead?
Elf Chocolate Snowflakeswhere i live don’t have an chimney and the area of where i live doesn’t’ have chimneys either what do i do if you call a chimney report?
Elf Randi HumeIt is quiet in many areas, Elf Ulan. But things are changing quickly. I’m noticing in my travels a lot more Christmas out there. Online and offline, people are talking a lot more about Christmas
Elf PinkyGREAT questions Elf CS. If you have no chimneys just don’t send in a report. No need to confuse things by reporting on something that isn’t there. This is a common thing.
Elf CrusaderWhat if there’s no test flight in your area?
Elf MaxWill we have the same Sector Lead in Sector 5 as we did last year? (Sorry, Crusader)
Elf PinkyYes, Crusader is our Lead
Elf CrusaderNo problem max
Elf Rolf JanssenThe test flights are more in your areas than you know. There are 12 sleighs flying out there. They aren’t always together
Elf Randi HumeWe sure have a lot of flights in Sector 1 right now
Elf UlanElf Randi, thank you, I’m looking forward to changing the time, we will see when it happens!
Elf MaxHow much do the test flights matter, Pinky?
Elf PinkyThey are great for training. It feels kind of low key because those flights are going so well. They don’t need or ask much from us. At least for now.
Elf Crash MurphyThat could change though.
Elf MaxWhat do you mean, Crash?
Elf Crash MurphyWhat I hear is that that test flights are doing so well, they are pushing the agenda forward. Not even sure if it will be flown come December, They are moving fast. So keep track of them
Elf UlanElf Randi, yes, they came to my area too! XD
Elf PinkyWhat could they ask of us, Crash?
Elf CrusaderPinky, is there anything that I should be doing as sector lead right now?
Elf Crash MurphyWeather mostly. But I hear rumors they may engage our trackers in some….special assignments.
Elf CrusaderSpecial assignments?
Elf PinkyCrusader, you’re doing it. When new elves come on board, become their friend. This goes for all of you. We can all do a better job of sharing information and skills
Elf UlanElf Crash, do you know Santa’s sleigh is with the test flights now?
Elf CrusaderHappy to do so , pinky!
Elf Crash MurphyCan’t say anything more than that, Crusader. But what would you think if they sent a test flight right over your house and told you it was coming. Would you watch?
Elf Chocolate Snowflakeself crash how heavy is the sleigh?
Elf Crash MurphyElf Ulan, I have no idea about that. Santa’s got a different agenda. I don’t think he is with the test flights, no.
Elf CrusaderI would crash
Elf Crash MurphyChocolate Snowflakes, I have no real idea. At least 15 pounds.
Elf PinkyI have a feeling that Santa is back in Sector 5. Just a feeling.
Elf Chocolate Snowflakescool
Elf PinkyOk, Crash – I’ll ask it. What are your expectations of us?
Elf Randi HumeI think it’s a little heavier than 15 pounds, Crash
Elf Crash MurphyMy expectations. Ok, listen up.
Elf CrusaderFrom what I hear, Santa has a friend who lives in Minnesota who he’s been visiting
Elf UlanElf Crash, thank you, okay, he got a different agenda. Do you know what it is?
Elf Crash MurphyRight and for the next month ONLY, I’d like the Elf Supervisors to focus a little bit on Elf recruiting
Elf Crash MurphyWe don’t need a lot of new elves.
Elf Crash MurphyBut I think making a small effort to have fresh eyes and new elves with us is a good idea
Elf Crash MurphySanta does not want MILLIONS of new elves like we did in past years….just a few
Elf Crash MurphySo be selective
Elf Rolf JanssenOk
Elf Crash MurphySanta doesn’t sound to me like he’s coming back to the North Pole soon
Elf Crash MurphyI’m guessing…Thanksgiving, maybe? I just don’t know
Elf Crash MurphyBUT, when he gets back he’s going to have instruction for us
Elf CrusaderWhen do things start kicking into high gear for us?
Elf Crash MurphyMy experience with him going on walkabout is that he always comes back with very specific information in certain areas
Elf Crash MurphyHigh gear? Really high gear comes November
Elf Chocolate Snowflakeswhen is a good time to send our christmas list?
Elf UlanElf Crash, maybe Santa will not visit Canada this year with Mrs. Claus?
Elf Crash MurphyAnd I think Santa may have some special stuff for us. I just want us to be ready for it. It could be different because it is a walkabout year
Elf MaxElf Chocolate Snowflakes, I think Elf Hugo talked about wish lists in this morning’s North Pole Chat
Elf CrusaderHow does mrs. C feel about Santa be gone for so long?
Elf Crash MurphyYes, it sounds like Santa’s not doing Thanksgiving in Canada. Which is WEIRD
Elf Crash MurphyMrs. Claus is a very strong lady. She’s the best. I don’t know how she feels about Santa being gone but I can tell you that Santa is a lot more active right now and talking to all of us by phone a great deal. I talked to him on Thursday
Elf CrusaderIs he watching this chat?
Elf MaxDid Santa give you any special instructions FOR US?
Elf UlanElf Crash, thank you for telling it!
Elf Crash MurphySanta will read this transcript but I have no reason to believe he is online right now.
Elf Crash MurphySanta did not give any special instructions. I actually asked him that and he told me to just listen to my boss, Elf Roger Star of North Pole Flight Command
Elf UlanI hope Santa would be here!
Elf CrusaderCool
Elf Chocolate Snowflakescool
Elf Crash MurphyI know Santa was here last weekend…or at least a few weeks ago. He seemed pretty happy with his visit
Elf Crash MurphyI would not be surprised if he hopped back on every now and then going forward. We’re in the season now. Santa is engaged.
Elf CrusaderThat’s good to hear
Elf MaxOk, we’re over time – any last questions for Crash or the Elf Supervisors?
Elf MaxSupes, any last words?
Elf CrusaderWould any of you like to be on one of my podcasts
Elf PinkyFrom what I can see every elf here is very experienced. You know what to do. I’ll do better to let you know what we need.
Elf Randi HumeI will focus on some new elf blood going forward, Crash. I’m proud of my team!
Elf UlanThank you, Elf Crash, and supervisors! I’m so delighted to see you today! I hope we will see you again soon! XD
Elf Rolf JanssenI think it still may be possible to get Santa here for a tracker-elf only chat. He and I talked about that a long time ago. I know our elves want that very much
Elf Chocolate Snowflakesbye
Elf MaxThat would be very cool. Crash, is that possible?
Elf Crash MurphyYes sir. I talked about it with him too. Looks like December though
Elf PinkyI’ll be here for that!
Elf MaxOk, that’s a good note to end it on. Thank you everyone for being here!
Elf PinkyThanks everyone!
Elf Randi HumeGood job everyone!
Elf Rolf JanssenSemper Fi!
Elf UlanElf Randi, Thank you so much!
Elf CrusaderLater everyone
Elf notJackThan you supervisors!
Elf Chocolate Snowflakesyou’re welcome bye.
Elf Crash MurphyThanks, Max. Nice work.

Come to the Elf Supervisor Chat

Hi y’all!

We have finally received buy-in from all our Elf Supervisors for a joint chat for all sectors this Sunday at 11am EST.

We know that time is not convenient for many people. It is simply impossible for us to find a time that works for everyone.

But, with North Pole Chat scheduled with Elf Hugo scheduled this Sunday at at 10am we feel that we have the best chance to get folks together for a chat with the Elf Supervisors right after that.

So after you chat it up with Elf Hugo on Sunday morning at, just come over here to to chat with the Elf Supervisors.

I have ask the Elf Supervisors to make this an open chat. That means YOU will be driving the discussion – not them. Don’t expect any big announcements and a huge list of instructions to come from this chat. This chat is about YOUR questions for THEM.

I might be there, lurking in the background. I want the focus to be on the Supervisors.

Elf Max will moderate the chat and will be able to answer questions, too.


Santa Tracker Chat

Classroom Trackers

Greetings Trackers!

I am pleased to announce that I have been in contact with five school teachers in the past week who all want to track Santa for Santa as a class. I think this is a really cool idea.

That means making some special arrangements. Technically, each class is registered as an elf under the teacher’s name. They will be working together, collectively sending in reports for their individual areas.

I’ve also agreed to take their questions and reply to them via posts here on The first of these will be coming out in a couple of weeks.

I’m hoping this is the best way to handle this. Each of these great teachers have agreed to work with me as we test this out.

That being said, if you know of other teachers out there that want to do this sort of thing please put them in contact with me. At least while it is early in the season we should be able to accommodate them.

Some of you are asking about when to send specific reports. Right now, I want to focus on you sending weekly the stuff I asked for earlier – weather reports, mostly.

In about a week we’re going to start looking at rooftops and chimneys. But I’m not quite yet ready for those. It’ll be good to get those out of the way before bad weather sets in and I figure we have about a month still of decent weather, at least in northern areas.

Thanks for all you’re doing!

Sleigh Sighting Contest

Ok, guys – a little departure from the norm here but I think we can have some fun with this. Let’s have a sleigh sighting contest!

I have it on good authority that the test flights of Santa’s sleigh are headed back to Sector 5 maybe as soon as this up coming weekend. They will evidently be over Mexico, the USA and Canada for a week to ten days.

Also – and this is likely getting a little ahead of the news yet to be published at – it appears that Santa is also in Sector 5 somewhere and HE’S IN A SLEIGH. You’ll be hearing more about that soon, I’m sure. I can’t say any more right now.

Anyway – here’s what I propose:

If you’re lucky enough to have clear skies – and even remotely see what you think is a flying sleigh, by all means, grab your phone and snap a photo or video of it. Upload it via a Sleigh Sighting Report.

I will collect these reports between right now and, say, September 7th. For each report you send in your name gets tossed into a hat. On September 8th, I will pull three names out. Those three names will win our first-ever prizes: a nifty magnet.

You see, I’ve got a connection over in the properties department at Public Relations at the North Pole. They’ve been experimenting with some product development ideas and this is one product they have put together. I’ve got a small collection of these things – magnets, coasters, mugs, keychains, stickers – small stuff. None of it is available yet online but I’ve got samples that they are letting me use for prizes. You game?

I am! Let’s have some fun with this!

Disclaimer: this is for elves in Sector 5. And no, I don’t think any of the other Elf Supervisors are doing this (yet). That’s why you should move to Sector 5, because I’m the best.

Tracker Alert – Sector 5

We have reason to believe Santa may be in Sector 5 at this time. Tracker elves are hereby placed on alert status.

North Pole Security has asked that all Sector 5 elves – and that includes us – be shared this information:

Santa’s exact whereabouts are unknown. Recent reports, coming from several sources, indicate that eastern Canada may be hosting Santa at this time. He is traveling alone, without sleigh or reindeer, and incognito. He is on foot much of the time and using public transportation frequently.

We also have information relative to a possible destination for Santa in the coming days. Communications have been intercepted sharing that he may be headed towards northern Mexico.

Please be aware that Santa could be spotted anywhere within Sector 5 within the next 10 days.

If you believe you have seen Santa or have further information that can aid in the search for him you are encouraged to use the reporting mechanism set up for this purpose.

Please share this information with other elves who may not be online at this time.


Time to Get to Work

Fellow elves of Sector 5, awaken and arise! I send you greetings from our brand new Regional Tracking Center here in Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada.

Cold Lake is indeed a cold lake. We’re kind of far north for the first time in many years. But I’m enjoy the mild summer they have here and, in contrast to other parts of Canada, I’m pleased to report there are no large forest fires in this area. It is pretty and fresh here right now.

Our center is fully staffed, more than 200 elves are here with me getting ready for the season ahead.

Yes, it is still very early in the tracking of Santa 2023 but we’ve got work to do. Santa takes off in a little more than 130 days. Between now and the end of October, there is much we can do to get ready for that big day.

Let’s take it step by step. Over the course of the next few weeks I will be outlining for you the things you need to be doing from your location.

Our steps will begin with very “big picture” type steps. You will be sending in weather, geographical and structural information of a general sort. If you did these reports with us last year then you’ll be just updating information that you sent in before. This means the work will be fairly easy and fast for you to do.

We will also be focusing on two personal elements of Santa’s flight over the next several weeks: your personal home tracking center and, if you choose to do it, a landing zone at your home for Santa and his sleigh.

I’m also contemplating sending out a few prizes in the early going this year. No, I don’t have details of that yet but I wanted to throw it out there that I’m thinking about it. I think it would be fun to have a little contest or two and send out small treasures from the North Pole as souvenirs and thank-you’s for elves who work so hard all year.

What do you think of that idea?

Report Form for Finding Santa

As we promised earlier last week we now have activated a report form so that tracker elves can report possible sightings of Santa.

Finding Santa

This report is a little different. It goes straight to the Finding Santa Trask Force at North Pole Flight Command.

When you send in information via this form it gets added to the database of other information recently gathered about Santa’s possible location.

This allows analysts to compare all the information.

With this mass amount of information, Elf Roger Star, Elf Agent X and other task force leaders can move elf assets from the North Pole Sleigh Fleet, the North Pole Navy, and Flight Command Scout teams to different locations.

We recognize that these reports are mostly tips. Most will likely not pan out. However, all it takes is one good report to move us closer to finding Santa.

We hope you will use this report form frequently. There are NO bad reports!

The News Department will be providing updates at least weekly. Be sure to follow breaking developments at, and right here on for ongoing information.

Thank you.

Mrs. Claus Stands in for Santa

Mrs. Claus has taken charge in the absence of Santa Claus while he goes on walkabout. News of Santa’s travels broke at yesterday.

As noted at North Pole Flight Command this morning, Mrs. Claus has set up office at Santa’s Workshop and chosen Elf Trixie to be her Chief of Staff while Santa is gone.

For the Elf Community at, Elf Trixie says that Mrs. Claus will be meeting with Elf Roger Star this next week for an update on the various projects already in progress for the tracker elf community.

As for Elf Trixie, I am her boss in her regular duties, and while serving Mrs. Claus as Chief of Staff I have been told that Trixie will continue in her regular reporting duties for North Pole News and here at

We have all been told that even though Santa will be absent for a while we can expect things to carry on normally.

Time to Stand Down Sector 5

The bedtime warnings are rolling in and they appear to include most of us. And like clockwork, Flight Command has also sent the word that we can stand down.

Or, as Roger put it, Santa can take it from here. Hahaha.

Thank you guys. What a year!

I hope you have a Merry Christmas and I’ll talk with you soon!

Take care!

One Last Weather Report

I cannot believe how EASY tracking Santa has been this year. So calm. We’ve been eating cookies and chugging eggnog here, just because we’ve been so calm. It’s been fun.

Flight Command, as they have with other sectors, has given us the “send a final weather” update message – which is code for “not much else is going on”. Santa’s ride has been quiet, fast and I think he’s going to break the record. That old sleigh is a SUPERSTAR.

Anyway, I know you’re likely Christmas-Eving wherever you are. If you can take a look out the window and report the weather, I’d appreciate it.

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Santa Wants a Local Christmas Report

From Flight Command just a short time ago: Santa wants trackers in Sector 5 – IF they are out and about today – to send in an updated Local Christmas report. If the weather is dangerous please DO NOT venture outside to do this. Santa wants you safe.

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