Each reindeer in flight from the North Pole is tracked. We see them on radar no matter where in the world they go.
We track them for their health and safety.
If we see something wrong near where they are flying we try to steer them in another direction. This could be anything from bad weather to rogue airplanes. There is a lot of bad stuff in the sky that we want to keep the reindeer away from.
New technology allows us to do this. For example, old technology like sleigh bells make it so you can hear reindeer whether they are high or low. But within that sleighbell now are some high tech components such as heart monitors, weather trackers, and video cameras. Nearly every part of reindeer flight is observed while reindeer are in flight.
Santa uses so many reindeer on Christmas that tracking them all requires a lot of elves.
We can track reindeer in teams or individually. We have it set up so that alarms trigger observation when it is needed. We know almost immediately what is going on with a reindeer when we need to know it.
If you thought tracking Santa was a big job, you should try tracking each individual reindeer.
The annual Reindeer Games kick off this week at the North Pole. The games are part of an extensive training program for Santa’s reindeer.
The games are also good training for elves in Flight Command at the North Pole as well. The traffic of incoming and outgoing reindeer gives good practice to new flight controllers at the North Pole.
Believe it or not, there is not just one sleigh leaving the ground on Christmas. Once we launch Santa, there are thousands of other sleighs that take to the skies world wide in support of the Santa effort.
We have to track every one of them.
We also follow the Reindeer games because it gives us a chance as well to improve our reindeer tracking technology. You see, we not only track sleighs, we track reindeer, too.
We monitor each of the reindeer for their health and safety. It is part of our job.
So the reindeer games are a big part of our lead up to Christmas.
It is a big day for reindeer at the North Pole. Today thousands of reindeer learn where they will be serving Santa on Christmas Eve.
Did you know that reindeer are actually elves? Anyone who works for Santa and Christmas is an elf. Even a reindeer.
You know all of Santa’s reindeer that he flies with on his sleigh by heart. You know their names. But there are thousands of reindeer whose names you do not know. They fly on Christmas Eve as well, just not pulling sleighs with Santa inside of them.
They may work as scouts. They may work on sleighs moving different elves around the world. They may transport things to and from Santa’s sleigh. They may be checking out weather or testing the skies in other places for Santa. There are literally thousands of assignments that need to be filled.
They gladly do it, too.
Our job in North Pole Flight Command is to help them. We track them, we schedule them, we make sure they are safe in their duties.
We are experiencing an increased flow of reindeer into and out of the North Pole. All of these flights are being tracked by North Pole Flight Command.
This is not unusual for this time of year and it does not point to anything serious.
Reindeer are in training. Not all of them pull sleighs when they train.
Some times reindeer must train away from the reindeer areas of the North Pole to get them used to working in different climates. To do that, they must leave the North Pole. There are many such training flights.
Many new reindeer are coming to the North Pole. These reindeer may not actually fly with Santa around the world on Christmas Eve. But they work in special capacities that help Santa anyway.
We also get visiting reindeer at the North Pole who don’t work for Santa at all. They just come to visit their family who DO work for Santa. Santa encourages their visits.
The reason we are seeing so many reindeer now versus at other times is that the Reindeer Games will be starting soon.