It is just 48 weeks until Christmas! Ok…I know. That’s a long, long time.
But hey. That’s my job. To keep you guys on track with things. That’s one thing y’all gotta learn here from us at the North Pole. We have lots of lists and lots of countdowns.
Let me tell you what the first few weeks of the new year have been like. Everyone likes to think that once Christmas is over things at the North Pole are just sleepy. But nothing could be further from the truth.
The first big job is just cleaning up. We make a big deal about the clean up from our parties and such but honestly nothing compares to cleaning up after the mess of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
This Christmas Eve, if you followed along with us, we major hectic. That snafu in Santa’s Workshop really made us all work crazy on Christmas Eve. I wanted to do all I could to help so Elf Ernest dismissed me from my news duties and I just showed up at the Workshop wanting to help any way that I could. A lot of elves did that. Some elf dude in the workshop named Larry just grabbed my arm and led me to a spot on the production line. He put a glue gun in my hand and told me to glue whatever came down the line to me.
I was pretty scared at first but I got the hang of it pretty fast. I was gluing the walls of wooden doll houses together. Now, I know these days a lot of doll houses are made out of plastic but those were all on another line. I was on the wood line. As they started coming down I learned how to do my part in it and once I understood that it went pretty fast. I was there for about 2 hours before I was moved to the ribbon line for the dolls’ hair.
You see, because I’m a girl elf, and because I have a pony tail most of the time, they thought I could do it pretty fast. And I did! But I also did it well, if I say so myself.
After a couple of more hours there I finished that and they shuttled me to the Wrapping Department where I did ribbons there, too. And I was there for hours and hours and hours, putting ribbon on pretty boxes. It was pretty fun and we had a great time.
But after I did all that work in all those jobs I began to notice how much of a mess they all made while we rushed through it. After Santa had come back home and we walked through the various workplaces on our way to the Christmas party — most of us just ready to drop from being up for more than a full day — we could see the mess waiting for us later.
We did not get to it for a while. After the Christmas party everyone just kinda crash for almost a full day. But then you know what?
The next day we all just went back to the Workshop, then to the Wrapping Department, then to the North Pole Post Office, and then back to the Claus residence and we all cleaned up together. It was not much work at all! In fact, it was kind of like another party altogether. It did not feel like work at all.
I gotta tell you something about Elf Bernard. Now, when I say his name a lot of people think of Elf Bernard in the movie and he’s a cutie in the movie. But the REAL Elf Bernard is not that way. Elf Bernard has been the big elf in the Workshop for years and years and years. I’m talking like 200 years here. No lie. He’s a very nice man but he’s not like the little elf dude in the movies. Get that out of your head right now.
Well, the real Elf Bernard is a stickler about keeping the workshop clean. It is a matter of safety and pride to him. Of course, with all those inexperienced elves like me showing up to help on a snowy Christmas Eve poor Bernard was out of his elf head with how messy things got. But he was one happy man when we all showed up to help clean. He’s a guy who likes his floors to not only be free of clutter but to shine like a mirror. And, even though he’s the big elf in the workshop it was Bernard who was on the big buffer making those floors shine.
I went back to the workshop the next day. Normally they don’t let elves who don’t work in the workshop to visit there. But, because I helped there on Christmas Eve, Bernard let me in just so long as I promised to take my shoes off.
And let me tell you — that workshop with it’s shiny floors is one fun place when you are wearing only socks.
Well, we’re all back at our normal jobs now. Elf Ernest gave me a promotion. I’m a countdown queen now in the News Department. So I’ll be sharing information with you each week as we countdown to Christmas. I look forward to sharing with you!