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

Elves Organizing, Upset about Santa

Elves Organizing, Upset about Santa

Greetings everyone!

A surprise today at the quarterly meeting with representatives of the Elf Union — they presented Elf Bernard, head of Santa’s Workshop, with a letter demanding answers about Santa’s “disappearance” from the North Pole.

Elves have organized in recent days to explore their options in helping to find Santa and restore order to the North Pole.

While no implicit threat of an elf work stoppage has been mentioned the words “organizing” generally mean that someone is upset and that they want to stop working in order to get something. The “something” the elves clearly want is to see Santa come home from wherever he is.

Elf Bernard immediately took the letter to Mrs. Claus’ office and she has called together an emergency meeting of Santa’s Council.

Santa’s Council is the board of department heads at the North Pole. They will determine how to respond to this latest development.

Frankly, I am surprised the Elf Union has taken such drastic action. In fact, I’m wondering why anyone would be upset at all.

After all, it is only the end of August.

Santa told us he was leaving.

He said he would be back.

And has he ever failed to do what he says?

No.

So what’s the big deal?

None of these things seem to be important to many here at the North Pole. Many, many people here are uncomfortable with the idea that Santa is gone and that no one knows where he is. They are uncomfortable with the idea that nobody has heard from him since July 25th. They just don’t like it that not even Mrs. Claus can call him and talk to him.

They want to know that Santa is okay. They want to know that Santa is at work on Operation Merry Christmas. And they want to know that nothing will derail plans for Christmas.

This week at the North Pole Post Office the mail has been pouring in from concerned people everywhere. Even though I’ve told you several times not to worry, you worry anyway.

I fear that if Mrs. Claus and the head elves cannot figure out a way to calm everyone down we will have real problems at the North Pole and will fall behind in our work just as we’re supposed to be picking up speed.

We need some quick thinking. We need some quick action. We need SOMETHING to get everyone to calm down and just go with the flow.

When I know more about what we’re going to do, I’ll post a new report.

Elf Ernest

North Pole Media Explodes with Worries About Santa

North Pole Media Explodes with Worries About Santa

A report from the North Pole Gazette on Saturday has upset a lot of people at the North Pole. The newspaper article said authorities at the Flight Command Center are really “hunting Santa”, not just using Santa’s planned absence as a training vehicle for tracker elves.

The article has led to widespread speculation and genuine worry among elves working for Santa.

“If Santa is missing we should know that,” said Elf Dwight Mancrado, a stocking technician in Santa’s Workshop. “I don’t need to be here making socks that won’t be used for four months when I could be out looking for the Big Guy and bringing him home.”

Elf Dwight’s comments are typical of what many elves have expressed. On radio call-in shows, on North Pole websites online and in the North Pole employee lunchroom all the talk is Santa and whether or not he needs rescue.

According to Elf Ed Zachary, who works part time at the Gazette, the elf who wrote the story is a good journalist and his sources check out.

“This is the real deal,” Ed Zachary said, “but I think there are too many elves jumping to conclusion here. We were all here when Santa made his announcement and explained what he is doing. If there is a search and rescue operation going on I think someone should step up and confirm for us whether or not Santa is really lost. I don’t know think he is. And if he isn’t lost, why would the Flight Command Center be using his absence in this way? Who rescues someone who doesn’t want to be rescued?”

That question may have been answered by Mrs. Claus this morning, who held a hastily called press conference for North Pole media. Speaking from a prepared statement at the podium of the media center at Santa’s Workshop, Mrs. Claus declared, “Santa Claus is not lost. We might not know where he is for sure, because we haven’t heard from him, but we know he is not lost.” Mrs. Claus refused to take any questions.

That statement has done very little so far to calm the worries of elves at the North Pole.

“This is going to be a whopper of a distraction,” Elf Bernard at Santa’s Workshop told me. “We already lost most the day on Saturday. We need everyone to calm down, do their work and let Santa be Santa. If Mrs. Claus says there is no concern, then we should be focused on other things, like getting our work done.”

Elf Ernest