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 …


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 …


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