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 …


Love Letters

Having checked all the likely places, I stood in the middle of our bedroom, and stroked my beard as I turned in a circle to see every corner of the room. “What did I do with my green suspenders?” Becoming more desperate, I got down to look under the bed and only found Anya’s trunk. …


Candy Cane Flavors

The scent of the cinnamon rolls from breakfast, floated across the hall from the dining room and distracted Bernard as he looked at today’s schedule. He wanted to be sure the elves were in the right place for their jobs. Slowly spinning in his big green chair and staring at the ceiling, he wondered where …


The Adventure Begins

“I am so excited,” Ms. Claus exclaimed, rubbing her hands together. “Santa, we are finally making this adventure happen.” “You are so right Anya. Thanks to Joe, we can rent this travel trailer and drive to Natural Bridge and Red River Gorge in Slade, Kentucky. I was concerned that Joe might not be able to …


Happy LEON Day

“Claus Ms. and Santa hi. Today you are how?” Snickers said as she walked backwards past Anya and me in the courtyard. Howie followed wearing his clothes backwards, “Day great a having are you hope.” Anya stopped and placed her hands on her hips as she watched the unusual behavior of the elves. “What has …


Magic Beans

Ms. Claus and I sat on a bench in front of the campfire in the middle of the courtyard. The elves were singing campfire songs and making s’mores, when Dewey approached us. He was carrying a small brown cloth sack with a yellow draw string. “Can I show you something Santa?” he asked. “Why of …


Handling Krampus

Heading to my office, I knew I would have to pass the dining hall, where Doheny was making cookies. I pinched my nose as I approached the door and walked a little faster so that I couldn’t be tempted. Just as I passed the door, I stopped suddenly as I heard the conversation going on …


Repeat Day

Going over some reports on my desk, I heard a knock. When I looked up, Pete and Repeat, two of the best elves in quality control, stood at my opened door. “Can we come in?” Pete asked. “Can we come in?” Repeat duplicated. With a wave of my hand, I motioned them to enter. As …


Wiggle And Waddle Go Home

“Can you hurry? Wiggle and Waddle need your help!” I said in a nervous voice. “I am getting my bag ready so I have everything I need when we get there,” Vetter, the North Pole veterinarian, responded without looking up. Concerned, I began pacing back and forth in front of the door to the animal …


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