Twas the week before Christmas and things were really hopping at the North Pole. Santa and Mrs. Claus were out driving around looking at all the decorations but Santa’s mind was elsewhere and he almost ran over a couple of pedestrians. “OH DEER!” cried Mrs. Claus, “YOU ALMOST WIPED OUT 1/4 OF YOUR SLEIGH TEAM!” Fortunately, one danced and the other pranced out of harms way. Their friend dashed to see if they were alright.
The elves were hard at work making toys so that all the good children’s wishes come true. Known as dedicated, hard workers, elves have long been sought out for their quality of work. In fact, a large group works down south for the Keebler Co., however, their working conditions are not as good as those here at the North Pole. They work out of a large tree slaving over hot ovens all day. They seem happy though, as cries of “OH FUDGE” can be heard as they toss their cookies. They have been asked to join Santa & Rudy’s team but they prefer rush hour down there to mush hour up here.
Meanwhile, back at the North Pole Toy Factory, things are heating up as the deadline nears. Almost everyone is working extra hard. But of course there is always that ONE. This time in the construction materials division, the foreman is always after Elvis to Lego those pieces and quit tinkering around and get the toys built. Elvis says he would rather live in Las Vegas.
With so much going on and all the activity, Santa sometimes seems to be in a fog. That’s where his partnership with Rudy pays off. Not only is he a guiding force in the business, but he has some bright innovative ideas.
Even with all this activity, preparations are already being made for the annual community theater post holiday production. Once again, they will be presenting the old favorite “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” There is never a problem filling the roles of the dwarfs although it seems like no one wants to play Grumpy and everyone wants to be Dopey. It gets harder and harder every year to fill the role of Snow White’s Prince Charming, especially since Santa has packed on a few extra pounds. (The local joke is that it’s hard to tell where Santa ends and his sack of toys begins!) The production is the highlight of the off season and usually attracts large crowds with even Nanook being known to attend!
Things are exciting right now and we can hardly wait for the BIG DAY!
Thank you for reading another excerpt from “Dan’s Holiday Tale.”
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