Santa Skips a Tradition

Santa Skips a Tradition

Hello everyone,

It has been 73 days since we last saw Santa. It has been 73 days since ANYONE has seen Santa.

Both the North Pole Tracking Department and now the North Pole Security Department are using all their resources to try and find him.

But Santa just doesn’t want to be found.

And now it is affecting tradition.

Every year Santa meets with the media and they conduct an interview with him. You can read his past interviews at this link.

That’s not happening this year. This year Mrs. Claus is doing the interview. It should be published within the next few weeks (unless Santa shows up first).

That will make it really interesting and I am sure folks will enjoy it.

But I have to wonder how many other traditions are going to be disrupted this year because Santa Claus has disappeared.

Where, oh, where is Santa?

Elf Ernest

Anyone can Call Santa

Anyone can Call Santa

There seems to have been some confusion about Santa’s phone number. Some mistakenly believe that the phone number was just for elves.

That phone number is for anyone. You can call Santa at any time.

His number is toll free — 866-847-2682 (or, as we like to say here at the North Pole, 866-84-SANTA).

This is the phone in Santa’s office (he does NOT carry a cell phone).

The chances of you actually catching Santa in his office are pretty rare (especially now with him away from the North Pole).

But Santa welcomes messages from anyone.

In fact, Santa receives any type of message by way of his office phone. Some call just to say hi or Merry Christmas.

Others call and leave their wishlist for Santa. Some even just call to leave Santa a song or something. It does not matter — Santa loves to hear from you!

So, don’t be shy. Give the Big Guy a call today.

Elf Ernest

Silence from Santa is Deafening

Silence from Santa is Deafening

Hey everyone,

It has been almost 7 weeks since Santa left the North Pole.

He said he would be gone for a while. He told us we would not hear from him. He even said not to worry.

But frankly – I’m worried.

Do you see the countdown clock up there on the right? Can you see how little time left we have until Christmas Eve?

Can you explain all the strange things going on right now? The trackers out hunting for Santa, the sleighs being built, the pilots in flight training…this is all making me nervous.

But worst of all is this idea that Santa is checking his voice mail in his office…but he is NOT talking to anyone at the North Pole. Not even Mrs. Claus.

That makes no sense to me. It is almost like Santa is trying to avoid everyone at the North Pole on purpose. It is almost like he is daring the whole North Pole to go looking for him?

Why?

Time to have a serious talk with Mrs. Claus about Santa. Something isn’t right.

Elf Ernest

Elves and Anxiety

Elves and Anxiety

Life as an ElfThe most recent crisis at the North Pole – Santa’s absence – seems to have sent waves of panic in the elf community.

It has caused many of you out there to send in letters of concern.

From nine year old Natalie of Wisconsin, this question is typical: “Why are the elves so nervous?”

It is a good question and one I think deserves a straight forward answer.

There are, of course, many kinds of “nervous”.

There is the nervous you feel when you stand before people to perform or give a speech. There is a nervous to starting at a new school or a new job. And there is a kind of nervous that comes on you when you’re just not sure what is going to happen.

But there is still one more kind of nervous that a lot of people do not think about.

It is a nervousness born of high standards, best wishes, and a genuine desire to do well.

This kind of nervousness is sometimes called anxiety. The cause of it is having a good heart.

Elves might be funny kind of people to you. Maybe some of the things we do are silly.

We tend to throw a lot of food, for example. Maybe you have noticed that.

We sometimes sing a lot, we tell jokes a great deal, and we just love to do kid stuff like riding big tricycles, dressing up funny or doing goofy things.

Sometimes we put gummy bears under our arms to make them really soft before we eat them. And we might now and then walk through puddles or put lipstick on a dog.

Just because we are a little goofy doesn’t mean we’re weird or anything.

We are people just like anyone else.

But we also wake up each day thinking about others.

Santa works very hard to teach us to do this. He tells us the most important thing to being an elf is to learn to think of others first.

He tells us the more we forget about ourselves and think more about others the happier we will be.

As elves we take that very seriously.

We work hard to make other people happy and we do that to be happy ourselves.

And guess what?

For the most part, we are pretty happy. Elves are known all over for being cheerful, playful and fun.

But what if we fail?

What happens if we cannot make people happy?

The hardest letter an elf sees at the North Pole is one from a child who says she didn’t like what she got for Christmas or that the thing he received is already broken.

Elves feel terrible about stuff like that.

Because we try so hard and our work really isn’t about making toys or stuffing stockings it is about delivering happiness.

We do sometimes fail.

And that causes us to worry.

And worry causes us to fear.

And fear causes us to get nervous or anxious.

Right now the elves are all anxious about Santa.

The elves are worried he won’t make it back in time for Christmas. They worry if he will come back at all.

And that is because they don’t want to fail.

They know that Christmas will not be as fun if Santa isn’t a part of it.

Now, as many of you in your letters have pointed out, Santa told us before he left not to worry. He said he would be back.

So why worry, right?

Well, some people – like the elves at the North Pole – just cannot help from worrying.

They just don’t want anyone to be unhappy.

Well, I’m a very old elf. I have seen many things in my years as an elf at the North Pole. I personally think this stuff about being worried about Santa’s disappearance is way overblown. I am not worried at all.

Do you know why?

Because Santa is an elf. He in the ultimate elf. I am not with him, of course, and I haven’t talked to him. But know him well enough to know that he’s concerned about getting home for Christmas too.

He does not want to fail either.

And he won’t.

So if you’re a little like most elves here at the North Pole – and I know many of you are – relax. Have fun. Think good thoughts. Don’t worry.

It is going to be okay.

And to my fellow elves out there, the boys and girls of the North Pole workforce, I say: chill.

Santa does not want us worried. He wants us helping other people.

And we can’t help others when we are worried, can we?

Is Santa’s Voice Mail Hacked?

Is Santa’s Voice Mail Hacked?

Hi everyone!

Some interesting news for you today.

You may or may not have noticed that over at JingleKringle.com – another merry site run by the North Pole – we have added a new feature.

You can now call Santa directly at his office at 1-866-84-SANTA. It is toll free and anyone can leave Santa a message.

Of course, Santa’s not here.

But I was talking Santa’s Chief of Staff, Elf Harold, who takes care of things in Santa’s office all the time.

He told me that since publishing the number the phone rings almost constantly and there are a LOT of messages for Santa.

Harold said he’s a little worried because Santa is the only one with the password and he’s not sure how many messages his machine can handle.

So he checks it every day.

He told me that when he checked it today there were only a few messages on there. Someone has been checking Santa’s messages!

Is it Santa…or has his voice mail been hacked?

Harold said it happened sometime during the night last night.

He did report it to North Pole Security.

Elf Agent X and his team are examining the phone records to see if they can tell who checked the messages and where they called in from. It may take them a few days to figure it out.

Who do you think it was?

Elf Ernest