Meeting Queen Clarion

I sat at my desk with a stack of letters in front of me, sipped a cup of Judy’s famous hot cocoa and nibbled on a cookie. The first letter was from Connor, who was excited about his recent graduation from kindergarten. I was interrupted by a knock on my door. “Come in!” I hollered. …


The White Feather

I sat behind my desk staring nervously at my computer screen. When I needed to talk with members of my J.A.T.S. (Jolly Assistants To Santa) Corps in the past, I would take a sleigh to meet with them in person. Because of the COVID-19 virus, I was now meeting virtually using my computer. My communication …


Lost Fairy Dust

“Good morning, Carter,” I called out as I entered the mailroom. “Have any letters for me today?” “I have them all ready for you,” Carter replied, picking up a stack and handing them to me. “No sensitive letters today,” Carter explained happily, “but many of the children’s letters reveal how much they miss seeing you. …


The Story Of Elves

Bernard and I sat at a table in the middle of the dining room. As elves do in order to maintain their high level of energy, Bernard was having a healthy lunch of chicken salad on a bed of lettuce, steamed broccoli, and a small bowl of mixed fruits. I chose a grilled cheese sandwich, …


A Warm North Pole

As Skippy and Rudy, reindeer herders and roommates, cleaned out one of the reindeer stalls, their supervisor, Highstep, walked over to inspect their work. “Great job, but I have another chore for the two of you.” Anxious to do something different, they both walked toward Highstep. “What do you need?” “There are a dozen reindeer …


A Little Bit of Elf Magic

Finishing her work in the mailroom, Ms. Claus smiled as she murmured, “It amazes me how quiet this place is during the off-season. It’s noon time, and the few letters that have been emailed since the new virus procedure was put in place, have already been taken care of.” Ms. Claus was about to leave …


The North Pole Egg Hunt

When the horn blew at the beginning of the hunt, I placed my arm around Ms. Claus’s shoulder. Sitting on a bench in the courtyard, we watch the mad dash of the elves as they began the hunt. “Do you think they will find all the eggs this year?” I remarked smiling. “If experience tells …


North Pole Prepares For COVID-19

NOTE: This story makes several references to last week’s story, Virus Threatens Santa’s Reindeer. You may want to read that story first. At the request of Dior, the North Pole physician, I asked Carter, Faer, Birdie, Highstep, Bernard, and Ms. Claus to come to the conference room next to my office. While waiting for them …


Virus Threatens Santa’s Reindeer

There is nothing better than starting the day with Anya’s chocolate chip pancakes smothered in maple syrup. Sitting in my desk chair, I patted my now satisfied stomach and began going through my messages as I do each morning. The first two messages were about improvements Bernard and I had discussed for the workshops. When …


No More Snowshoes

Walking up to the south entrance, Bootsie, one of the cobblers who makes shoes for everyone at the North Pole, was placing a pair of snowshoes back on the rack. “How’s the weather outside today,” I asked. “It’s beautiful out there today,” he told me. “We did get some fresh snow overnight, so make sure …


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