Finalists are down to a list of ten candidates for the regional tracking center to be used for Christmas in Sector 5 this year. All of them have very festive names:

Here is the list:

  1. Christmas Lake, Oregon, USA
  2. Holly, Ontario, Canada
  3. Snowball, Ontario, Canada
  4. Christmas Cove, Maine, USA
  5. Bethlehem, North Carolina, USA
  6. Rudolph, Wisconsin, USA
  7. Noel, Nova Scotia, Canada
  8. Noel, Missouri, USA
  9. Mistletoe, Kentucky, USA
  10. Reindeer Station, Northwest Territories, Canada

The interesting thing about this list is that all of these places are quite small and many do not appear to have large buildings. Sector 5 is the largest of all sectors, at least in terms of the number of believers. It usually has the largest regional tracking center.

Another point of speculation, at least among my team in Sector 5, is that Canada has hosted the regional HQ for four of the last five years. Last year it was in Nova Scotia. Many here believe Canada will be spared a selection this year.

We will see. Frankly, my personal feeling is that it does not really matter where the location will be. We just need to get a final selection and get to work.

Scouts are now out in the field in each of these locations and we should know soon. I’ll keep you posted.

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Elf Pinky
Tracking Center Director -- North America at the Santa Claus Ltd
Elf Pinky was recruited from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1992 and has since served as an instructor in sleigh flight theory at the North Pole Institute of Aviation. She worked very hard to earn her elf credentials, working a second shift first as a tool repair technician in Santa’s workshop and then as an engineer in the Wrapping Department designing wrapping machines. Pinky in recent years was a recruiter and trainer of sleigh test pilots and flies under the call sign Barracuda. Last year she served as a Flight Operations Director and demonstrated outstanding judgment and maturity in her duties supervising more than 400 elves, pilots, reindeer handlers and sleigh freighters.