Tracker elf recruiting is showing some promising results in the early going of the 2017 Christmas season. As of December 1st, a little less that one million new tracker elves have joined the program.
“That doesn’t sound like much against the goal of five million,” said Elf Buck Sanchez, head of flight operations at the North Pole, “But we have traditionally seen a faster pace of recruiting in the last few weeks before Christmas than any other time. This is ahead of last year’s pace and we feel good about it.”
Tracker elves are stationed away from the North Pole and their purpose is to feed Flight Command — and Santa — information about specific locations on the ground. Tracking Santa for Santa is one of the reasons why Santa is able to go faster each year and deliver on time with more precision.
If you know of anyone interested in becoming an elf and working for Santa as a tracker, kindly direct them to SantaTrackers.net.
Flight engineers this week are testing a radical new technology that embeds communication capability into the antlers of Santa’s reindeer.
“The antlers serve a natural purpose for the reindeer,” noted Elf Melissa St. Cloud, a scientist in the North Pole Research and Development Department. “But for one very long night the reindeer are out of the wild and in the skies with Santa. Couldn’t that time use the natural extension of the antlers to aid in communication? We’re not talking about talking to the reindeer but rather using them as conduits for channeling radio and data.”
It is an interesting idea. With 9 reindeer each set of antlers could be specifically “tuned” for a special purpose. Comet, for example, could channel sleigh speed data while Blitzen could project radio transmissions for Santa’s communication with North Pole flight command.
Santa has already said the project could NOT be used to communicate WITH the reindeer — that’s a job that Santa feels is his alone and he does not want that messed with. However, he does admit that the antlers are “just there” and not serving any other useful purpose on Christmas Eve.
This is a project still in early development and one that likely will not be employed on this year’s flight.
For the past several months North Pole sleigh designers have secretly worked on a special project. They have been building a special sleigh for Mrs. Claus.
It has most of the features of Santa’s sleigh but is built to accommodate her smaller size and shorter reach.
“This is a serious Santa-like delivery vehicle,” said Elf Rupert, head of the project. “It has the same safety features, the same speed capabilities, the same security system and a similar cargo capacity as Santa’s sleigh. This sleigh could seriously serve as a backup to Santa’s sleigh, that’s how good it is.”
What is not being talked about are the plans for this sleigh and whether or not Mrs. Claus will actually use it on Christmas Eve.
“We only build them,” said Rupert. “What they use them for is up to them.”
Flight plans for Santa’s annual flight are being worked on constantly and there are no known plans at this time to include Mrs. Claus on any Christmas Eve activity. For all we know Mrs. Claus will be where she usually is — hosting the North Pole Christmas Eve party while Santa flies around the world.
Last fall the North Pole recruited elves to work as sleigh pilots and ever since Flight School at the North Pole has been working non-stop to get them trained.
Now the training has stopped. Not because the pilots are all trained but because so many of the trainees are sick with the Bah Humbug virus.
We do not know yet the purpose of all the sleighs built over the summer or really even the need for more sleigh pilots. Mrs. Claus says Santa has a “wise purpose” in mind for them but these are all elves with other jobs already at the North Pole.
So it is not clear if they will be needed this Christmas or not.
With the call to recruit millions of new Santa trackers comes the job of getting them all trained. The North Pole has less than a month to make those trackers ready.
Flight command officials today announced daily training plans for new trackers will be shared at their exclusive website, SantaTrackers.net.
“It is not hard work,” said Elf Roger Star. “But there are a number of things to know if they are going to useful trackers at all. A good tracker will visit the website there daily and follow the instructions they give on how to be a better tracker.”
Tracking Santa for Santa means reporting lots of information back to the North Pole. It is a job that requires a lot of people in many different places all over the world.
That is why Santa was more than 5 million new tracker elves this year.