I was just over at Santa’s workshop and saw Mrs. Claus meeting with Elf Bernard. She is very happy with how things are going over there and Elf Bernard seemed to be thrilled with the congratulations that Mrs. Claus gave to him.
Elf Bernard is kind of a funny guy. He’s a little grumpy now and then and we don’t see him smile much. But he was smiling today.
Santa’s workshop has a huge job, as you know.
Part of what makes their job so hard is so many kids change their minds about what they want for Christmas.
If you know what you want, it helps Elf Bernard and his elves in Santa’s workshop if you tell Santa want it is that you want.
Santa reads all that mail, makes lots of lists and those lists kind of become production orders for Elf Bernard and his team.
So the earlier you give your final wishlist to Santa the easier you make it for Elf Bernard and the elves over there in the workshop.
Santa’s workshop is running full tilt at this hour but production estimates are behind where they hoped to be by this time.
Elf Bernard said that while the Merry Prankster did no lasting harm to the workshop he did set them behind a bit with his constant pranks over the past month. But elves are so happy that he has been caught it appears they are making up for lost time in fine fashion.
We still have a few days before Santa launches but I’m hearing rumors already that Santa’s workshop will be extending their production beyond launch time. That’s not unusual but it isn’t ideal.
Tough news to report today: the Merry Prankster strikes again and this time his target was Santa’s workshop.
We knew it was coming. We just didn’t know where.
Around 3am while the workshop was changing shifts someone noticed a pink plume of smoke or fog coming in through the vents.
Thinking quickly, Elf Bernard shut down the sprinkler system so the workshop wouldn’t get the same kind of mess the Post Office did.
But it turns out that pink smoke or vapor was really just a diversion. While everyone focused on that someone – The Merry Prankster, we assume – turned all the machines on “high” and conveyors, tools and equipment of all types started running at the same time, making a terrific noise and creating a bit of a mess.
Of course, this caused Elf Bernard to have everything shut off by cutting off the power.
Needless to say all production in the workshop stopped.
When that happened a mocking, laughing voice was heard over the speakers.
And that was it. Security was called, they cleared the building, inspected everything and tried to find what they could before power was restored and everyone got back to work.
In all, more than 9 hours of production was lost and Elf Bernard was not happy about it.
Lots of meetings being held right now about this Merry Prankster problem. They are working very hard to catch this guy.
The news this week comes from Santa’s workshop, where Elf Bernard reports that everything is on track for a successful Christmas. So far.
They held a meeting with Santa and he directed the workshop to change their quotas on toys that require electricity. Everything from video games to race tracks has been scaled back and the workshop will be focusing now on non-electric toys.
Santa did not say why this was necessary.
But it sure changes things for the elves in the workshop. They are making lots of skateboards, doll houses and play equipment right now.
I asked Elf Hugo if Santa’s mail reflects a demand for those kinds of things.
He said “no”.
In talking to Santa he said “this Christmas will be one of imagination”.
I don’t know what that means but I think he just dropped a really big hint.