Googleâs Santa Tracker is officially back for its 15th year to surprise and delight children of all ages in the three weeks leading up to Christmas. But the announcementÂ was arguably overshadowed by one shocking detail: It was attributed to none other than Mrs. Claus, who, it turns out, works for Google as the vice president of product for Santa’s Village and Santa Tracker!
In her post, the now-not-so-secret employee said Googleâs interactive holiday hub has games that teach coding skills, as well as features that allow users to create original artwork.
New to Santaâs digital village is an Elf Maker that allows guests to customize elves by choosing outfits, accessories, hairstyles and facial hair âto make sure theyâre stylinâ for all of the holiday shindigs happening on the North Pole this year,â wrote the woman, who, until now, had no discernible identity beyond her husband.
The site also includes a Translations game for holiday greetings in other languages to âtake your snowmenclature to new heights,â she added.
Stressing the siteâs educational features, Claus noted that Google will also share holiday photos from Local Guides globally to âget a better glimpse into how people all over the world are spending the holidaysâ so that users can then âtest [their] knowledge of holiday traditions with a festive quiz powered by Google Earth and Street View.â
And, of course, Claus complained that her husband never tells her where he isâwhich wives are wont to do, arenât they?âand thatâs precisely why she âenlisted [Googleâs] elite team of cartographelvesâ to outfit Santa with a tracking device. And, as Christmas approaches, she said he will share his locationâpresumably willinglyâon Google Maps so that viewers can also follow along. Working for the worldâs biggest search engine has its perks.
Claus also encouraged users to ask Google Assistant to tell them a holiday story or ask, âHey Google, whereâs Santa?â starting Dec. 23. She really wants to keep tabs on him.
This post is the first verifiable proof that Claus works outside the home. She doesnât have a LinkedIn profile, so her educational background and prior career experience is unclear, but there have been reports that sayÂ it includes more than a century as Mr. Clausâ personal assistantâand sheâs particularly adept at dictation from all those years of recording Clausâ naughty/nice list. Itâs not clear if dictation will be a useful skill in her role at Google, but itâs nice to see a big tech company give a nearly 150-year-old woman a chance.
âFrom the Claus family to yours, have a very happy holiday. And remember: youâre sleighing it,â she said.
No, Mrs. Claus, you are.