Confidence

My wife and I were chatting on the couch in my office when we heard a knock on the door. “Enter,” I called out. Hanna walked in holding a tray. “Doheny just made a fresh batch of Snicker Doodles and I thought you both would like to have some.” She set the tray on the …


Spring Picnic

“Looks like the elves are starting to arrive,” my wife said as she looked out the window toward the courtyard in the center of Christmas Village. “The Spring Picnic is not supposed to start for another hour,” I responded and walked over to see for myself. “They have a fire going in the pit, and …


Green Magic Fairy Dust

While visiting some of my J.A.T.S. (Jolly Assistants To Santa) in Kentucky, I enjoyed listening to my helpers discuss the questions asked by children. “Sometimes kids will come up to me and say things like, ‘How do I know you’re the real Santa?’” Ed shook his head and grinned. “Never sure how to reply.” “Ho! …


Christmas On Mars

Walking through the courtyard on my way to meet my wife, I heard a lively conversation among some of the elves. “That will never happen!” I heard one yell and quickly made my way towards the group. “What’s going on here?” I demanded. Startled to hear my voice, all the elves turned toward me and …


Solar Eclipse

“You would think it’s Christmas with all the elves cheering,” I told Ms. Claus as we climbed into my sleigh. “Well, it is a rare day, Santa.” “It certainly is.” I nodded and helped my wife settle into her seat in front. I watched Blanch, Bernard, Highstep, and Sophia take seats in the back of …


Calling Santa

The movie, Beetlejuice, had just ended, and the elves were gathering in the recreational room to play games and enjoy some snacks. “How cool would it be to just say someone’s name 3 times and they would appear,” Olaf said and pulled out a chair. “You mean the way the ghost couple got Beetlejuice to …


One Wish

The scent of freshly baked cookies wafted through Elfkin Hall, and the sound of laughter echoed through the room. Seated on candy cane-striped cushions, several elves talked aloud about making wishes. “Imagine if we could have one wish for anything we wanted,” mused Jingles, as he stirred his hot cocoa. “What would you wish for, …


Autistic Elf

I was in my office reviewing the changes in production lines for next Christmas when Ms. Claus strolled in with a tray in her hands. “Have some time to share a cookie and hot cocoa with me?” “Definitely,” I said and helped my wife set the platter on the table. As we sat on the …


Lego Contest

The dining room was buzzing with talk about the contest. Since the first of the year, the elves had been behind closed doors, designing and building something special from Legos. “I think the elves are more excited about the Lego parade than they were for Christmas,” Anya teased. “I don’t think so! Christmas IS the …


The Lost Bear

“Santa, you need to settle down. There is nothing you can do at this point,” my wife groaned as she watched me pace back and forth. “I know, I know, but this is not like Polar Pete,” I snapped. “If this was Heddy the Yeti, I wouldn’t worry. He often travels long distances to see …


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