A Warm North Pole

As Skippy and Rudy, reindeer herders and roommates, cleaned out one of the reindeer stalls, their supervisor, Highstep, walked over to inspect their work. “Great job, but I have another chore for the two of you.” Anxious to do something different, they both walked toward Highstep. “What do you need?” “There are a dozen reindeer …


A Little Bit of Elf Magic

Finishing her work in the mailroom, Ms. Claus smiled as she murmured, “It amazes me how quiet this place is during the off-season. It’s noon time, and the few letters that have been emailed since the new virus procedure was put in place, have already been taken care of.” Ms. Claus was about to leave …


The North Pole Egg Hunt

When the horn blew at the beginning of the hunt, I placed my arm around Ms. Claus’s shoulder. Sitting on a bench in the courtyard, we watch the mad dash of the elves as they began the hunt. “Do you think they will find all the eggs this year?” I remarked smiling. “If experience tells …


North Pole Prepares For COVID-19

NOTE: This story makes several references to last week’s story, Virus Threatens Santa’s Reindeer. You may want to read that story first. At the request of Dior, the North Pole physician, I asked Carter, Faer, Birdie, Highstep, Bernard, and Ms. Claus to come to the conference room next to my office. While waiting for them …


Virus Threatens Santa’s Reindeer

There is nothing better than starting the day with Anya’s chocolate chip pancakes smothered in maple syrup. Sitting in my desk chair, I patted my now satisfied stomach and began going through my messages as I do each morning. The first two messages were about improvements Bernard and I had discussed for the workshops. When …


No More Snowshoes

Walking up to the south entrance, Bootsie, one of the cobblers who makes shoes for everyone at the North Pole, was placing a pair of snowshoes back on the rack. “How’s the weather outside today,” I asked. “It’s beautiful out there today,” he told me. “We did get some fresh snow overnight, so make sure …


Santa’s Improved Sleigh

Handing me a plate with a baker’s dozen of cookies on it for my lunch. I was about to take a bite of my first cookie, when Ms. Claus shook my shoulder. “Wake up Santa. Nap time is over. Sledge just called and he needs to see you right away.” Sitting up and wiping the …


New North Pole Residents

Entering the village, Ms. Claus began to take her scarf and hat off after having gone on a long walk outside. Grabbing my arm with both hands she said, “It was so good to see Polar Pete today.” “I agree,” I responded. “It was surprising to learn how many polar bear cubs were born in …


J.A.T.S. Training

“What a beautiful day to fly,” I remarked to Faer, the coordinator of the J.A.T.S. (Jolly Assistants To Santa) Corp, as we flew south high above Toronto. When he did not respond, I glanced over and saw him hanging over the side of the sleigh. “Wow! What is that tall pointy building down there?” Faer …


A Gift for the Elves

Sitting quietly while drinking her tea, Ms. Claus gazed into the fire and appreciated some relaxing time. After months of activity preparing for Christmas, it was nice not to worry about anything that needed to be completed immediately. Hearing the door to the study open, she turned and smiled. “I wondered when you were going …


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