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

Elf Chat this Sunday

We are pleased to announce a new chat has been added to our schedule. Elf Crash Murphy will be here on SantaTrackers.net for “open chat” with any elves who care to attend at 6pm EST on Sunday, May 22nd.

The chat comes right after the Chat with Mrs. Claus that is scheduled for North Pole Chat at SantaUpdate.com at 5pm this Sunday.

What is “open chat”?

If means we can talk about anything you want. There are no announcements to be made or any training scheduled – this chat is being held “just because”.

Elf Crash Murphy will be going on vacation soon, as you may have heard on the most recent North Pole Chat, and he wanted to check in with the Elf Community before he heads out.

We hope you can join us!

Sector Weather Analyst Job Open

The new position of Sector Weather Analyst has just been posted by the Department of Elf Resources.

Elf Sandy Claus informs me that this position was requested by the Elf Supervisors to help stay on top of ever-changing weather conditions in every sector and to advise on flight operations.

The requirements in this position are fairly simple but there will be periods of intense activity.

Elves will be expected to be active and reporting in this role during flight-intensive periods, whether it is for Santa or for test flights.

A special closed group will be formed just for Weather Analysts so that Elf Supervisors can communicate with you separately. The reports you will be sending in will be different than standard weather reports and will take precedence.

This job is not exclusive and you can hold other elf positions while doing this job.

Due to the critical need for good information as it relates to weather each Elf Supervisor will be hiring specifically for his or her sector and there will be a number of elves placed in this position.

More details on this position can be found via the Elf Jobs page or by clicking here.

Dummies and Fish in Barrels

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A new episode of the Santa Trackers Podcast is out and it is all about the Elf Supervisors. For whatever reason, this episode is titled Dummies and Fish in Barrels.

The Elf Supervisor Conference was held last week in Costa Rica. The first ever event was called by Santa and Elf Roger Star to address changes in the tracker elf program that Santa is introducing this year.

According to Elf Crash Murphy the changes are significant. The Elf Supervisors are really the first outside of Santa and Elf Roger to learn of the changes. In this episode, Elf Crash shares his thoughts about the Elf Supervisors and what all the changes will mean to tracker elves who interact with the Elf Supervisors on SantaTrackers.net.

Also invited on this episode is Elf Petey LaCroix, a field tracker elf that is sometimes featured on the Tracking Santa Around the World Radio show that broadcasts live each Christmas Eve on Kringle Radio.

A field tracker is a tracker elf of a different sort. Just ahead of Santa’s launch every year Elf Petey and others of the field tracker team are dispatched to different places all over the world. Their task is to try to capture Santa in flight, so their positioning is well known in advance of Santa’s flight and planned to best capture data of Santa in flight from the ground. The work they do is just part of a large data gathering effort that is used to evaluate Santa’s flight.

Elf Petey, and all field trackers, work for the Elf Supervisors. Petey provides his perspective on the work that Elf Supervisors do and why he hopes for the best with changes coming this year.

Christmas in July is mentioned as a watershed event for all trackers, with news of all changes being made public at that time for trackers everywhere.

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!

250 Days Until Santa’s Launch

As the world celebrates Easter the crew at North Pole Flight Command remind us that 250 days remain until Santa launches.

Santa is at the North Pole to celebrate Easter but is leaving very soon with a group of elves heading to Costa Rica for the Elf Supervisor meeting.

But North Pole Flight Command is noting an unusual warning from the Department of Redundancy Department about Santa’s sleigh. Reportedly some elves in Flight Command are upset about the warning.

Meetings will be held in Flight Command this week to discuss the matter, despite the event going on in Costa Rica.

In the meantime, we have heard that elves in the North Pole Post Office are grappling with a flood of mail in the past day or two about the Easter Bunny. The overwhelming question is whether or not the Easter Bunny is connected in someway with Santa and the North Pole.

The question was debated in the North Pole News Department. Some believe in the Easter Bunny and others do not. In the end, the News Department at SantaUpdate.com declined to publicly answer the question or post any information about the Easter Bunny.

I talked to Elf Ed Zachary, famed Defender of Santa Claus, who was very candid with me about why we never talk about the Easter Bunny.

He sent me this in an email:

“Harold – the Easter Bunny is a rabbit. An animal. He does not talk. He delivers chocolate eggs on fake grass. He evidently does this by hopping all over the place very quickly. He does not accept letters. He doesn’t visit with children — well, not as a normal rabbit. From pictures I have viewed he is not anywhere near the size of an normal rabbit you have ever seen. He does not take requests. He does not have elves. He does not have reindeer. Nobody really knows where he lives or where he came from. For us to talk about the Easter Bunny in the same breath as Santa Claus just is not right. Does Santa believe in the Easter Bunny? I don’t know, honestly. I do know this, however. He never talks about the Easter Bunny. I think it is wise we avoid the topic. Happy Easter- EZ”

Well. There you go.

New Stuff to Know

I received a very interesting report last night that is very new to me. It contains information about you elves in my Sector that I have never seen before. I think you should know about it.

I know we have seen a lot of new stuff this year. The Elf University thing is fantastic I think. But there has also been a number of changes to basic rules as set out in the Elf Community Standards and the Terms of Service for the website.

I have looked at these things. They are no big deal to me and for those of you who are here right now they are likely no big deal for you.

Next week I will be part of the Elf Supervisors meeting in Costa Rica. I’m really looking forward to going to that. But I have a feeling this new report I got will be something they talk about. If they don’t, I’m certainly going to ask about it.

The report details for me the activity of all elves in our sector. I can see your points, reviews, and each and every report you send to the North Pole. From this report they are asking me to give each of you some kind of review. I don’t think I need to do this YET…but I think this is a new thing that is coming.

Perhaps most concerning to me on this report is a column that shows me which elves are due to be “decommissioned”. That’s a fancy word that means you’ll be retired as an elf. There are a lot of elves with this status.

I know there has already been a great number of elves who were decommissioned a month or so ago as part of the site changes. But I was not aware this would be an ongoing thing.

They want me to sign-off on this procedure every four months. Yes, every four months I have to review your activity and status as an elf. Many of you will be rewarded for your activity and some of you will be decommissioned due to your lack of activity.

I have a lot of concerns and questions about this.

But before I get to those next week in the meeting I wanted to just let you guys know this was happening. I will answer any questions you have about it when I return. I am not sure I am ready to take questions right now about it. I need to understand it better first.

I grow concerned about the number of elves we have. But I am more concerned with the number of inactive elves we have.

Nobody really expects you to be active much at this time of the year. Frankly, there’s not much to do. So if you are gone for periods of time, especially at this time of the year, I don’t think that’s a concern. We all get busy. We all have family stuff. We all go on vacation. It’s okay.

But the elves on this list set for decommission have not been active in more than a year. That’s not a good thing. And I agree this needs a solution.

It looks like they have one and we will learn it together.

On another issue, some have written in to ask when our final site location for our sector HQ will be announced. The answer is that I have no clue yet. We are the largest sector, at least when it comes to the number of elves. We need the largest location and that is the big challenge. I know Santa wants this all done by Christmas in July, so I suspect we’ll know more sometime before then.

If I hear anything I’ll let you know.

Christmas in July Events Added to the Elf Calendar

Christmas in July is coming – and it’s going to be huge. So huge, in fact, that a new page dedicated to the events of Christmas in July has been added. You can see it here.

SantaTrackers.net is partnering with SantaUpdate.com and MyMerryChristmas.com in coordinating Christmas in July events.

Christmas in July this year begins actually in June – funny as that sounds. It kicks off right here on SantaTrackers.net on June 25th, also known as Leon Day.

Leon Day is basically the Christmas hump day – the official halfway mark to Christmas. Everyday after June 25th is on the downhill side to Christmas. Leon is Noel spelled backwards. Folks all over the Internet and around the world do a variety of fun (even silly) activities to mark Leon Day.

For elves here on SantaTrackers.net we will have a variety of events planned just for elves. But we know you don’t have to be an elf to enjoy Christmas in July. That’s why we work with our sister sites in SantaUpdate.com and MyMerryChristmas.com to share event calendars.

While we focus on tracker elves here over at SantaUpdate.com the focus is more on the North Pole and official events sponsored for fans of Christmas everywhere. Christmas in July has been a tradition there for more than 30 years. Over in North Pole Chat special guests range from Elves Frank and Crash to Santa and Mrs. Claus during Christmas in July.

MyMerryChristmas.com is the largest Christmas community online and the events there too are traditional. Christmas in July is when the famous “Christmas exchanges” kick off, including the Annual Christmas Card Exchange and the Annual Ornament Exchange. The site frequently hosts guest experts on all kinds of Christmas topics – everything from book authors to Christmas lighting experts.

By integrating the features of Christmas in July between all three websites we can share a plethora of Christmas ahead of Christmas – and get you in the Christmas spirit.

Keep an eye on our Christmas in July page as the next several weeks will feature many announcements.

 

Sector 4 Regional HQ Announced

Sector 4 is the first to announce the official location of our Regional HQ. Our tracking center in Sector 4 will be located in Milagro, Ecuador, as just announced by North Pole Flight Command.

The word “Milagro” means miracle. It is a miracle, at least to me that this has happened. We have a huge opportunity now that this decision has been made and the location is known.

Milagro, Ecuador

Elves from the legal department and from engineering are in Ecuador this week finalizing details. It is my understanding that the facility we’re to use will require very little in the way of remodeling for our use. In fact, sleighs are being loaded today with desks, computers and other equipment to be shipped to Ecuador this week.

If all goes well, I’m told I could be there right after the Elf Supervisor meetings in Costa Rica. We could be fully operational there by Christmas in July.

That could, in essence, move up the schedule on a lot of different projects. For example, test flights could be moved up earlier if we’re operational by July. If that does happen, you could see an earlier return of reindeer to the North Pole.

What does that mean for our trackers in Sector 4? Perhaps some live training exercises.

I will most definitely discuss all the possibilities with Elf Roger and with Santa when I see them next week.

Exciting!