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 …


Ms. Claus Gets Some Help

“Bernard, have you noticed anything different about Ms. Claus lately?” I inquired as we walked past the kitchen. Taking my arm, to keep me from following the sweet scent of gingerbread cookies coming from the kitchen, he replied, “I’m not sure what you mean. I do seem to be running into her more these days.” …


Scout Elves Are Coming

As we walked up the red brick sidewalk to Elf Hall, I asked Birdie, my elf in charge of Scout Elves, “This meeting is just for the Scout Elves, and the Jolly Assistants To Santa (J.A.T.S.) Corps is tomorrow, right?” “That’s right, Santa. They are very excited to be returning to the children soon,” she …


How Dasher Became Part of Santa’s Team

“That’s quite a storm outside,” Ms. Claus said as we sipped our hot chocolate and shared a piece of apple pie. “It is pretty bad, but not as bad as the time we thought we lost Sachi,” I responded. “How could any of us forget that day! But in the end, it worked out pretty …


Santa’s Christmas Visits

Entering the Mail Room I heard Anya say, “I’m over here Santa,” over the buzz of the elves translating letters from children. Turning to my right, I saw her waving as she walked to her desk. I headed over to her and gave her a hug. As we embraced, I felt a tap on my …


Returning From Vacation

“Welcome back Santa and Ms. Claus,” Highstep said as Ms. Claus landed her sleigh, the Dulcet, just inside the east entrance to the North Pole. “It’s good to be back home again,” I replied getting out of the sleigh. “Any issues with the reindeer,” Highstep asked as he began to unhitch the team. “Not at …


Santa & Ms. Claus on Vacation (Part 3)

Santa Surprises Ms. Claus “What do you want to do Santa,” Ms. Claus asked as she finished getting ready for the day. “I have a couple of special places I want you to see,” I responded as I pulled on my shoes. “I like surprises. Any hints you can give me?” “I think I will …


Stories from Santa & Ms. Claus on Vacation (Part 2)

A Historic Tour of Boston Exhausted from a day of walking around Boston, Ms. Claus and I sat on a wooden bench waiting for the train to take us back for the night. As the scent of cinnamon rolls filled the train station, I perked up. I was about to buy one when I heard, …


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