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 …


Santa’s Improved Sleigh

Handing me a plate with a baker’s dozen of cookies on it for my lunch. I was about to take a bite of my first cookie, when Ms. Claus shook my shoulder. “Wake up Santa. Nap time is over. Sledge just called and he needs to see you right away.” Sitting up and wiping the …


New North Pole Residents

Entering the village, Ms. Claus began to take her scarf and hat off after having gone on a long walk outside. Grabbing my arm with both hands she said, “It was so good to see Polar Pete today.” “I agree,” I responded. “It was surprising to learn how many polar bear cubs were born in …


J.A.T.S. Training

“What a beautiful day to fly,” I remarked to Faer, the coordinator of the J.A.T.S. (Jolly Assistants To Santa) Corp, as we flew south high above Toronto. When he did not respond, I glanced over and saw him hanging over the side of the sleigh. “Wow! What is that tall pointy building down there?” Faer …


A Gift for the Elves

Sitting quietly while drinking her tea, Ms. Claus gazed into the fire and appreciated some relaxing time. After months of activity preparing for Christmas, it was nice not to worry about anything that needed to be completed immediately. Hearing the door to the study open, she turned and smiled. “I wondered when you were going …


Scout Elf Shortage

Carter, the elf who oversees the mail room with Ms. Claus, hung up his hat and put on a green plastic visor. Since most letters sent to Santa arrive during the months of October, November, and December, only a handful of elves now manned the tables sorting the mail. Walking into the room he asked, …


Reiney Meets Cupid

As I walked through the barn, I noticed Highstep, the elf in charge of the reindeer, sitting on a bale of hay with his legs crossed and a smile on his face. “You look comfortable and happy. What’s going on?” I asked. “I have a new elf, Reiney, to help with our reindeer, and I …


The Lost Elves

“I’m bored!” Lyra said as she sat on a bench in the village courtyard. With her legs crossed and her elbow on her thigh to help hold her head up, Hanna replied, “I agree. The down time between end of the Christmas Season and when training classes start up for the 2020 season is really …


Continuing Education for the Elves

“It sure is quiet around here,” I said as I took a seat at the table in the conference room at Elf University. Sitting at the table with a cup of hot cocoa, Bernard responded, “Many of the elves have gone on vacation while others have returned to their homeland in the Korvatunturi (kor‧va‧tun‧tu‧ri) Mountains …


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