A Visit From Jack Frost

I was walking along the reindeer pastures when I felt a chill on the back of my neck. Looking around I called out, “Jack! Is that you Jack?” “It is Santa!” Jack Frost shouted from the corner of the pasture as he made his way toward me. “What brings you here this time of the …


The Art of Gift Giving

“Now that you have completed all your deliveries, and production for next Christmas will not start for several months, you should be feeling pretty good,” Anya said as we sat near the fireplace. Passing a plate of cookies to me, she continued, “But the look on your face tells me something is bothering you?” “I …


The Last Deliveries

“I think the elves enjoyed their cookie and milk party on Christmas Morning,” I said to Bernard, my head elf, as we walked towards the toy shops to check on production. “They certainly did. I could not believe that the extra cookies from your visits would be enough to give each elf three cookies. Ms. …


The Santa Trap

I always look forward to relaxing after the hectic Christmas preparations. It gives me time to unwind with Ms. Claus and share my adventures during the time leading up to my delivery of presents on Christmas Eve. One evening while Ms. Claus and I sat before a roaring fire drinking hot chocolate, I began telling …


A Christmas Eve Morning

On Christmas Eve morning the toy assembly lines stopped, the mail room grew quiet, and the elves gathered excitedly in the Elven Dining Hall. It was a special time that my elves and I looked forward to every year, for it was the day we celebrated Ms. Claus’s birthday. The kitchen was humming that morning …


Discussions at the Lego Table

I knelt down beside the Lego table at Holiday Junction, and asked, “Anyone here know how to make a car out of these blocks?” All the children seemed happy to tell ‘Santa’ how to make a car. As we were putting our cars together, I sensed someone starring at me. Looking down to my left …


Toys for Santa

“Bye Tommy,” I said waving to the little boy. “Remember to take care of your baby sister and listen to your parents. Have a Merry Christmas. HO! HO! HO!” “Don’t worry Santa, we will. I hope your Christmas is good too.” I watched as the boy and family walked away unaware that another child had …


A Helicopter Ride to Holiday Junction

“I am so excited,” exclaimed Ms. Claus. “This is my first helicopter ride with you.” “Though it’s not my first time, it always is fun,” answered Santa grinning from ear to ear. “What a way to get to the Cincinnati Museum Center for our special visit. I think all the children and their families will …


The Nutcracker

“Do you think Fiona, the hippo from the Cincinnati Zoo, will be in the Cincinnati Ballet’s Nutcracker again this year?” I asked as we strolled through the courtyard holding hands. “I think that might have been a special thing last year. If we can find the time, I would like to see it again,” Ms. …


Sensitive Letters

“I’m going to take a break now,” Ms. Claus announced to the elves in the mailroom. Turning to Carter, director of the mailroom, she asked quietly. “Can you ask Telsa, in the communication office, to call Sophia and have her come to my study as soon as possible?” Carter smiled as he reached for the …


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