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Santa Claus is coming to town! Norad tracker shows Saint Nick’s route as the USDA grants the jolly gift giver access to ‘any border port’ in the US – as long as Rudolph and the reindeer get vaccinated

  • From 7pm on December 24 to 7am on Christmas Day, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is letting ‘Mr S Nicholas Claus’ enter the US 
  • The USDA pegs St Nick of the North Pole as a ‘broker with Worldwide Gifts, Unlimited’ 
  • Reindeer ‘must undergo additional tests to ensure they will be able to safely handle significant changes in altitude and temperature’
  • A special veterinarian’s note was offered for Rudolph, stating that his ‘red nose syndrome’ was not an ‘animal health concern’
  • The vet was said to have vaccinated the reindeer from any diseases that they could encounter across the world
  • According to the Norad Santa tracker, Santa has already delivered gifts for just over 2billion people 

The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) issued a movement permit to Santa Claus, allowing St. Nick access to ‘any border port’ in America for 12 hours. 

From 7pm on December 24 to 7am on Christmas Day, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is letting ‘Mr S Nicholas Claus’ enter the US to deliver his gifts, the agency announced in a Monday release.

The USDA pegs St Nick of the North Pole as a ‘broker with Worldwide Gifts, Unlimited.’  

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From 7pm on December 24 to 7am on Christmas Day, the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is letting 'Mr S Nicholas Claus' enter the US

From 7pm on December 24 to 7am on Christmas Day, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is letting ‘Mr S Nicholas Claus’ enter the US

‘With a growing world population, Mr. Claus will have his busiest Christmas yet. At USDA, we want to ensure we are not hindering Mr. Claus’ important work of spreading Christmas Cheer for all to hear,’ said Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. 

‘Ease of access into the United States for Mr. Claus and his nine reindeer will ensure that children all over the country – including my own fourteen grandchildren – will wake up on Christmas morning with joy and filled with the spirit of the season. USDA issued this permit in advance and waived all applicable fees to help ensure a smooth trip on Christmas Eve night.’

The USDA shares in the release that Rudolph and the other reindeer ‘must undergo additional tests to ensure they will be able to safely handle significant changes in altitude and temperature throughout their journey.’ 

The USDA pegs St Nick of the North Pole as a 'broker with Worldwide Gifts, Unlimited'

The USDA pegs St Nick of the North Pole as a ‘broker with Worldwide Gifts, Unlimited’

Santa’s reindeer will also have to be checked to determine if they are ‘fit for landing on rooftops.’ 

The USDA also offered a special veterinarian’s note for Rudolph, stating that his ‘red nose syndrome’ was not an ‘animal health concern.’ The vet was said to have vaccinated the reindeer from any diseases that they could encounter across the world. 

APHIS conducted a welfare and humane treatment check at the North Pole’s reindeer facility, noting that ‘Mr Claus and his staff passed with flying colors.’ 

The release notes that Santa and his reindeer will be arriving in a wooden sleigh that has ‘jingling bells’ and is filled with ‘brightly wrapped gifts.’

According to the cheeky release, US port personnel will disinfect the runners and underside of Santa’s sleigh once it enters the country. Santa will also have to wash his hands and disinfect his boots.   

According to the Norad Santa tracker , Santa has already delivered gifts for just over 2billion people

According to the Norad Santa tracker , Santa has already delivered gifts for just over 2billion people

‘These measures are intended to prevent the entry of any livestock diseases the team may encounter during deliveries to farms around the world prior to entering the United States,’ the USDA state in the release.

Santa added his own two cents to the release, adding that it would be a ‘disaster’ if he and the reindeer ‘unintentionally bring in foot and mouth disease along with all the gifts.’ 

‘Why, something like that could put me out of business. That’s why we work all year to keep the reindeer healthy and take all possible precautions before and during our trip,’ Santa added. 

According to the Norad Santa tracker, Santa has already delivered gifts for just over 2billion people. 

He is currently making his way through Asia. 

Santa added his own two cents to the release, adding that it would be a 'disaster' if he and the reindeer 'unintentionally bring in foot and mouth disease along with all the gifts'

Santa added his own two cents to the release, adding that it would be a ‘disaster’ if he and the reindeer ‘unintentionally bring in foot and mouth disease along with all the gifts’

 

USDA grants Santa Claus access to ‘any border port’ in the US

Prince William is pictured kissing Prince Louis in adorable new photograph of the family taken by the Duchess of Cambridge

  • The photo shows Duke of Cambridge kissing their youngest child Prince Louis
  • While Princess Charlotte and Prince George both look towards the camera lens
  • This is not the first time Kate has gone behind the lens and released own pictures

A new photograph taken by the Duchess of Cambridge has been released on Christmas Day.

The black and white photo shows the Duke of Cambridge kissing their youngest child Prince Louis on the cheek, while Princess Charlotte and Prince George look towards the camera.

The duke wears a flat cap as he holds on closely to his son in the photo, which was taken by the duchess, a keen photographer, earlier this year in Norfolk.

Princess Charlotte also appears to be holding on to her younger brother as she stands behind him, while Prince George sits next to them in a chair as he cheekily smirks at the camera.

The black and white photo shows the Duke of Cambridge kissing their youngest child Prince Louis on the cheek, while Princess Charlotte and Prince George look towards the camera

The black and white photo shows the Duke of Cambridge kissing their youngest child Prince Louis on the cheek, while Princess Charlotte and Prince George look towards the camera

The Kensington Palace official Twitter account sent out the photo on Christmas Day

The Kensington Palace official Twitter account sent out the photo on Christmas Day

This is not the first time Kate, one of the world’s most photographed people, has gone behind the lens and released her own pictures.

The duchess was named as the new patron of the Royal Photographic Society earlier this year following her flourishing passion in photography.

A history of art graduate, the duchess has previously been praised for her photographic portraits of her children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Kensington Palace has often published photos taken by Kate to mark milestones in her children’s lives, such as birthdays and first days at nursery.

This is not the first time Kate, one of the world's most photographed people, has gone behind the lens and released her own pictures

This is not the first time Kate, one of the world’s most photographed people, has gone behind the lens and released her own pictures

The duchess began the tradition in 2015 when she took the first official portraits of Princess Charlotte, rather than hiring a photographer.

It comes just a day after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s own Christmas card, with son Archie, was revealed.

The enchanting family photo showed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex laughing as they pose in front of a Christmas tree, with Archie’s cute face popping up in the foreground of the image.

The festive black and white card was shared on social media by the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust on Monday night and says: ‘Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from our family to yours.’

Prince William is pictured above in a Christmas card with the Duchess of Cambridge, Princes George and Louis, and Princess Charlotte

Prince William is pictured above in a Christmas card with the Duchess of Cambridge, Princes George and Louis, and Princess Charlotte

At the bottom is says ‘this year we have chosen to send our holiday card electronically.’

It is understood that copies of the image, taken by the couple’s friend Janina Gavankar, were emailed to friends and staff on Monday and hard copies sent to family.

It comes after the royal couple, who have been outspoken on environmental issues, were accused of hypocrisy for their high carbon footprint, after taking a number of private jets in the past year.

In a tweet on Monday evening the Trust said: ‘Just sharing the sweetest Christmas Card from our President and Vice-President, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Very Merry Christmas, everyone!’

The enchanting family photo shows the Duke and Duchess of Sussex laughing as they pose in front of a Christmas tree, with Archie's cute face popping up in the foreground of the image

The enchanting family photo shows the Duke and Duchess of Sussex laughing as they pose in front of a Christmas tree, with Archie’s cute face popping up in the foreground of the image

 

A source told the Mirror: ‘Harry and Meghan sent a selection of hard copy cards to family but chose to send their cards electronically this year with the aim of being environmentally conscious as well as being in Canada where they are currently enjoying a six week break away from royal duties.’ 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took Archie away for an extended break last month in Canada, and have been keeping a low profile ever since.

The duchess, a former actress, lived and worked in Toronto during her time starring in the popular US drama Suits, and the couple were famously pictured together when Meghan joined her then-boyfriend Harry at the 2017 Invictus Games in the Canadian city.

The Sussexes are likely to have spent the US Thanksgiving celebrations, which this year fell on November 28, with the duchess’ mother Gloria Ragland.

The couple have missed the Queen’s pre-Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace.

And they will not be present for the traditional royal family gathering at the monarch’s private Sandringham estate on Christmas Day.

 

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