Sleigh Moved into Launch Position

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Santa’s sleigh has been moved into launch position now in the Sleigh Barn.

What that means is that the sleigh itself is completely ready. It has been washed and waxed. All instruments have been freshly calibrated. Al communication systems have been checked.

Two big things have to happen before launch. The bells need to be brought in and the reindeer need to be hitched to the sleigh. This is a task Santa reserves for himself. He begins about an hour before launch, carefully checking the bridle on each reindeer, talking to them as he moves along. Of course, he starts at the rear with Donner and Blitzen and moves his way forward all the way to Rudolph.

As Santa completes each “team” and moves on the the next week, the bell technicians move in behind him to position the bells. Believe it or not, this is a procedure they practice all the time. It is very important that it is done exactly right.

Because of the weather, as is frequently the case on Christmas Eve at the North Pole, a “short launch” from a standing position from within the sleigh barn is necessary. This means that instead of a slow gradual ascent powered by a long trot the reindeer must begin with a burst of speed like they are running a short race.

As Santa gently walks the reindeer towards the large double doors he briefly stops, gives his command and the reindeer take off like a shot straight into the blowing snow. This too is a procedure they have practiced many times.

To answer those who always ask this question: no, Rudolph’s nose is OFF for this kind of take-off. The reason is because in heavy falling snow his light reflects off the snow flakes. It actually makes it harder for the reindeer to see if it is on. Only after the team is airborne does Rudolph “turn it on”.

Final Test Flight Extended

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The final test flight of Santa’s sleigh has been extended several hours. Flight engineers are testing ground based tracking and communication systems under adverse weather conditions.

These are not critical tests. They are just trying to make sure Santa can communicate in storms that he might encounter later tonight.

We still anticipate the sleigh returning in plenty of time to get it ready for Santa to launch on time.

Radio Broadcast Begins

Tracking Santa Radio Broadcast Has Begun

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Managing editor at SantaUpdate.com and Director of North Pole Radio News. Elf Ernest has worked in public relations for Santa for more than 70 years.
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The world famous Tracking Santa Around the World live radio broadcast has now begun from the North Pole. It can be listened to right here on our website or on any official North Pole website.

The program is commercial-free and features the best in Christmas music coupled with North Pole Radio News reports. The broadcast originates in the studios of Kringle Radio at the North Pole and features reporters in various countries around the world. They even have a correspondent stationed here at Flight Command.

If you are tracking Santa for Santa, we strongly encourage you to follow along with news from North Pole Radio as part of this broadcast.

All Trackers Check In

All Sectors, All Trackers Can Check In

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Elf Meg graduated from Southern North Pole University with a degree in journalism. For several years she was a star reporter for the North Pole Gazette and then briefly served as a producer for North Pole Radio News. She brings her experience in media to North Pole Flight Command, serving as both an Elf News Reporter for North Pole Radio News and Managing Editor of North Pole Flight Command.com
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Flight Command has now cleared for all trackers, no matter where they are in the world, to check in. Please do so at SantaTrackers.net.

Santa at the time of this post is still 22 hours away from launching. We have plenty of time to check in and receive instructions from elf supervisors.

For all trackers looking to be helpful at this time the BEST reports that are most useful to flight command from all sectors are:

1. An updated weather report.
2. A roof report for as many houses near you as you can provide.

All of these reports and more can be found at SantaTrackers.net