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Santa's Sleigh Ride

"🎶 You'd better watch out.
You'd better not cry.
You'd better not pout, I'm telling you why.
Santa Claus is coming to town!"

~ John Frederick Coots/Haven Gillespie, 1934

Today is the day of reckoning for who's on Santa's "Naughty and Nice" Christmas List as he loads up the sleigh and readies Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, and Vixen, not to mention Comet, Cupid, and Donder and Blitzen ... and Rudolph of course! Santa has surely read all letters written to him by now. Canada Post has assigned postal code H0H 0H0 to the North Pole (referring to Santa's traditional exclamation of "Ho ho ho!"). "H0H 0H0" has been Santa's very own postal code since 1982. Approximately 1 million pieces of mail bearing that code are received by Canada Post each year, and all are answered by Santa's helpers, each in the language or form in which it was written! ​​And remember, you can use NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) at to track Santa as Christmas approaches! The colours used in this tartan are: Red, to mark the points of the compass, Tiber for the winter darkness, and Blue and White for the North Pole ice. Do you hear the jingle bells? Ho! Ho! Ho! ❄️ 🧭 🎅💌 🦌 🎁 ❄️

For Christmas Eve, we have the North Pole tartan for the location of Santa's secret workshop and departure location for his Christmas Eve journey by reindeer sleigh.

While the South Pole lies on a continental land mass, the North Pole is located in the middle of the Arctic Ocean amid waters that are almost permanently covered with constantly shifting sea ice. This makes it impractical for anyone but Santa to construct a permanent station at the North Pole (unlike the South Pole).

Perhaps counterintuitively, the North Pole is substantially warmer than the South Pole because it lies at sea level in the middle of an ocean (which acts as a reservoir of heat), rather than at altitude on a continental land mass.  Winter temperatures at the North Pole can range from about −50 to −13 °C (−58 to 9 °F), averaging around −31 °C (−24 °F).

From designer Carol A.L. Martin, the colours used in this tartan are: Red, to mark the points of the compass, Tiber for the winter darkness, and Blue and White for the ice.

Ho ho ho!

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