The Christmas Goat

Sitting on a bench in the courtyard with Anya, it felt like someone was staring at me. As I looked around, I heard an elf behind me say, “See, I told you he doesn’t look like a goat.” I turned to see Rose, an Elf University professor, standing there with Ryllae, one of our newest …


The Great Cookie Bake-Off

The kitchen hummed with excitement and the aroma of cinnamon drifted throughout the room. Eager for the contest to begin, Ms. Claus made her way towards Blanch, head of the North Pole kitchen. Overseeing the yearly cookie baking contest at the North Pole for several years, Ms. Claus knew how intense the competition could be. …


Santa’s Head Elf

“I can’t believe this!” Tiny exclaimed, standing with his arms folded over his stomach and tapping his foot. “What’s wrong?” asked Heart, another elf working in the bicycle workshop. “I restocked all the parts bins, then Bernard came in and told me I had to do the tires all over again.” “Did he give you …


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 …


Patience

Houser and I had just finished our inspection of the newest warehouse when Eli entered with a wheelbarrow of coal. “Where should I put this,” Eli asked. Houser pointed to a corner, “Over there with the rest of the coal.” Eli looked over at the corner, then glancing at me, said, “With all this coal …


Homesick Penguins

The air was cold, but thanks to the bright sun, Ms. Claus and I were comfortable. Polar Pete and Nippy joined us for a walk. As we made our way over a small hill, I noticed our new penguin friends leaning up against ice jutting out of the snow. “Wiggle, Waddle,” I called out. “How …


Reindeer vs Technology

Resting both arms on the top rail of the fence around the inside pasture, I watched the reindeer play. I had handpicked each one because of a special quality they each brought to the team. Holding a special place in my heart for them, they became part of my family, just like my elves. As …


Meeting Queen Gwendolen

I sat at my desk with a stack of letters in front of me, sipped a cup of Judy’s famous hot cocoa and nibbled on a cookie. The first letter was from Connor, who was excited about his recent graduation from kindergarten. I was interrupted by a knock on my door. “Come in!” I hollered. …


The White Feather

I sat behind my desk staring nervously at my computer screen. When I needed to talk with members of my J.A.T.S. (Jolly Assistants To Santa) Corps in the past, I would take a sleigh to meet with them in person. Because of the COVID-19 virus, I was now meeting virtually using my computer. My communication …


Lost Fairy Dust

“Good morning, Carter,” I called out as I entered the mailroom. “Have any letters for me today?” “I have them all ready for you,” Carter replied, picking up a stack and handing them to me. “No sensitive letters today,” Carter explained happily, “but many of the children’s letters reveal how much they miss seeing you. …


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