Toy Shortage

Sitting on the couch in my office, Ms. Claus waited patiently as I organized my files for our weekly production meeting. Hearing loud voices coming from the conference room, Anya and I gave one another a worried look. “The elves are upset over something. We better go.” “I’m ready,” Anya said and we headed into …


Random Act of Kindness

As I pushed my chair away from my desk and stood, Bernard knocked on my open door. “Do you have a few minutes, Santa?” “Is it important? Ms. Claus just called and wanted to show me something in the mailroom.” “I was going to give you some updates, but they can wait until our meeting …


Flight Interference

I guided the reindeer, Olive and Cletus, to an area just outside the Sleigh Barn, where Highstep, the elf in charge, and the sleigh manager, Sledge, were waiting for Ms. Claus and me. Once Anya’s sleigh, the Dulcet, was safely on the ground, the elves approached and Highstep asked, “How was your trip?” “Thank you …


Reindeer Games

Early in the morning, I walked towards Highstep’s office. “So, are we all set for the Reindeer Games today?” I yelled while entering the barn. Exiting his office, Highstep responded, “I think so. I know the reindeer are ready. Several of them were up most of the night practicing.” Together we strolled toward the East …


Different Strokes

Ms. Claus and I had settled in by the fireplace the other night. While enjoying a cup of Judy’s hot cocoa Anya asked, “Do you realize how much believing in one’s self can make a difference?” “You mean like the reindeer believing they can fly in order for the Red Fairy Dust to work?” “Yes, …


Workshop Improvement

Walking past the town center, Ms. Claus and I headed toward the cluster of workshops behind the village. Arriving, we marveled at the colorful patterns connecting the workplaces of the elves. “Reminds me of those water parks we have visited during the summer, doesn’t it?” I asked Ms. Claus as we sat on a bench …


Let The Games Begin

“Still feeling down and out, Sophia?” Ms. Claus asked as she entered her office and took a seat behind the desk. Nodding at her boss, Sophia sat and sighed. Hearing a knock, Ms. Claus grinned. As she rose to open the door, she explained, “Yesterday, after you told me about the changes the elves experience …


Jack & Addie

Ms. Claus and I visited Big Bone Lick Historical Site in Kentucky recently. The Park was opening new displays that day and when we arrived, we found many people waiting for the dedication of the new exhibits in the visitor center. Under the shade of tents, volunteers stood ready to explain all the bones and …


Surprise Dinner Guest

The summer sun was high in the sky at the North Pole as Ms. Claus and I exited the East Tunnel from the North Pole Village. Taking a deep breath, I said, “Nothing better than cool, fresh air.” “And the warmth of sunlight on your face,” Anya added. As she took my hand, we began …


Fairy Dust Shortage

“I’m not going to tell him!” Telsa, the elf in charge of communications exclaimed. “I don’t know why you think I should be the one to tell him,” Bernard responded, pacing back and forth. “You’re in charge of communications; besides, Queen Gwendolen called you with the news.” “But you’re Santa’s head elf, this is your …


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