Sleigh Moved into Launch Position

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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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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”.

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.

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve Begins in 24 Hours

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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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Christmas Eve begins in 24 hours. In just 24 hours on the western side of the International Dateline in the middle of the Pacific Ocean it will officially be Christmas Eve.

The 24 hour period before Christmas Eve begins in the South Pacific is a critical time for North Pole Flight Command. A number of things happen during this time frame:

– Santa’s sleigh gets prepared for it’s final test flight
– Santa’s reindeer go into isolation
– Tracker Elves world wide begin their check-in process

After that 24 hour period passes, the worldwide live radio broadcast from the North Pole begins.

The real news of Santa is just beginning, folks.

Check back often.

Go for Launch

Flight Command Seeks a Go for Launch

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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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An important process has quietly starting at North Pole Flight Command.

A long check-in process from each sector, from each system, from every department, from each critical component of Santa’s operation is checking in and giving their “go for launch” command.

This means that all checklists have been completed. It means that everything is in readiness. It means that all agree on the launch time for Santa — or set a new time if something is wrong.

This process will take better than 40 hours.

We will let you know if anything stops this process. Stand by for news.