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Reindeer Begin Leaving the North Pole

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Santa’s reindeer are starting to begin their annual migration away from the North Pole. After completing their mission with Santa every Christmas they stay for a brief period at the North Pole for evaluations. Once that period is over, they head back to their homelands.

There are thousands of reindeer who work for Santa, including his starting nine reindeer that the world is so familiar with – Rudolph, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. They are called the A-Team. But there are many, many more who work hard for Santa during Operation Merry Christmas.

All reindeer, no matter their assignment, both come to and leave the North Pole every year. The North Pole is a harsh environment and the reindeer do well when they are there. But Santa feels is it not healthy for them to be at the North Pole year round and he encourages them to “return home”, wherever that might be.

Santa has reindeer ranches all over the world. There are North Pole-run reindeer ranches in Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada, the United States, Bolivia, Australia, Mongolia, and even in the high mountain ranges of India.

But the reindeer only visit these far and wide locations during the year when they need to or when special requests for their services come in from the North Pole. Most of the time they return to their natural habitat and locations where they were born.

They come back sometime between the middle of August and the middle of November every year. There is never a set time. Santa just trusts them to return when he needs them at the North Pole.

Much of how the reindeer operate, especially their abilities to fly, is a tightly controlled secret at the North Pole.

We are confident they will return in the autumn months of the year.

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Reindeer Go Into Isolation

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Santa’s team of reindeer have been moved to an undisclosed location where they will be isolated from any outside contact until the time for Santa’s launch.

This is a precautionary measure intended to keep them safe and free from any kind of infection.

As reported earlier this week, all of Santa’s reindeer passed physicals and are clear to fly for Santa on Christmas Eve.

There are no known issues among them at this time.

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Reindeer Receive Physicals

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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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Santa’s reindeer are today getting full physicals in advance of Santa’s big flight next week.

This is a routine procedure. It is required of all reindeer serving in Operation Merry Christmas and it is no exception even for Santa’s reindeer. Guidelines at the North Pole require the physical to ensure the reindeer are fit for Christmas duty. Santa does not want to risk injury or illness for any reindeer.

Most reindeer have already had their physicals this past week. Santa’s A-team of reindeer typically are among the last to receive it because they have the most important duty on Christmas Eve – to get Santa around the world.

Some have worried about Vixen, who a few weeks ago was slightly injured in a training exercise. Doctors have already cleared Vixen for flight next week and according to handlers in Reindeer Operations she is 100%.

There are no surprises expected of the physicals. Some time in the next several days the reindeer assignment list will be published, but the physicals must be completed before that can happen.

Halloween Break

Halloween Break Ordered for Pilots and Reindeer

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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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A break for all test pilots and reindeer working the test flight teams has been ordered. Starting tomorrow, October 28th, teams will be returning to the North Pole for the break. After the North Pole Halloween Party scheduled for October 31st the pilots and reindeer will return to active duty.

This break gives crews from Research and Development to position Version 8 of Santa’s Sleigh to begin testing Tuesday, November 1st. We are awaiting a decision from Flight Command about where those tests will take place.

We also anticipate clearing the tracking map of past places where the sleigh has flown since July. This will give us all a fresh take on the test flights as we go into the month of November.

November is expected to be a big month of testing.