Stories from Santa & Ms. Claus on Vacation (Part 1)

Presque Isle, Erie, PA The first stop on our trip was to a seven-mile-long peninsula, that extends into Lake Erie in the shape of a breaking wave. As we drove out onto Presque Isle my wife, Anya, asked, “Tell me again why you wanted to stop here?” As a cool breeze from Lake Erie filled …


Santa and Ms. Claus Go On Vacation

After looking over the production reports from Bernard, I leaned back in my desk chair. The scent of pine, from a candle my wife Anya gave me, filled the air, and I started thinking about the beauty of the areas south of the North Pole. Then the thought of Anya and I making one last …


Santa’s Water Park Adventure

The hum of laughter dominated Elf Hall as Santa’s elves filed into the theater. Ms. Claus soon walked down the aisle behind them waving. “So good to see all of you tonight,” she said taking her place on stage. Ms. Claus then pressed the remote. Suddenly the image of a large pool of water with …


How Rudolph Got His Red Nose

I was standing with Highstep, the elf in charge of the reindeer, watching Rudolph playing with some of the younger reindeer, when I asked, “Remember when he was a newborn and we first gave him red fairy dust to see if he could fly?” “I sure do! All he wanted, was to be on your …


Just Part Of The Family

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 …


Translating Letters for Santa

After finishing lunch, I headed over to the mail room. This is where elves, under the watchful eye of Ms. Claus and myself, translate the letters of children from all over the world. The mail sleighs had just returned from collecting letters, and entering the room, I heard several elves already reading them in various …


When Tempers Flare at the North Pole

Tatler walked past the stuffed animal toy shop on his way to his job in the reindeer barn, when he heard Stanley and Brixton yelling at each other. It appeared they both thought of themselves as the best at making stuffed animals, and their tempers were flaring. Thinking that Bernard, the head elf, should know …


Santa’s Summer Explorations

With the scent of the pancakes, chocolate chip and blueberry, still hanging in the air from breakfast, I walked toward the sink with my dishes and told Ms. Claus, “Anya, we need to check up on the children in Cincinnati today and I thought the Cincinnati Museum Center would be a good place to go. …


Flying High

Walking through the courtyard on the way to her job in the kitchen, Doheny passed by Lyra, who had the biggest grin on her face. “Lyra, you look especially happy today. Is it your birthday?” “No, but it sure feels like it. For some reason, I seem to be able to jump and leap higher …


Not All Candy Canes Are The Same

Bernard, distracted by the scent of the cinnamon rolls from breakfast that floated across the hall from the dining room, 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 he …


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