Santa, Mrs. Claus and all the elves were praying for somebody to help fix the broken runner on the sleigh. It was time to load and the head sleigh elf was away visiting his sick Mother. They didn’t expect him back till after Christmas. Santa got up off his knees, (with a little help from the elves).
He told all of the elves to go and stamp ‘the reason for the season on the bottom of each and every toy.’ He felt it was just the right thing to do, given the fix they were in and his lack in the past of paying attention to the real reason he was doing these things for all the boys and girls.
The elves got right to work and Santa and Mrs. Claus went back to their house to talk about just what could be done. It was late afternoon, and they heard shouts and laughter from outside. Going to the door, they discovered a big sleigh entering the shed yard.
“Now just who could that be?” Mrs. Claus asked Santa.
“Darned if I know. I wasn’t expecting company. Everybody knows this is our busy time, no time for visiting.” Santa replied.
The elves were sure excited about who it was. They were jumping up and down around the big sleigh. Santa and Mrs. Claus watched their head sleigh elf jump down from the sleigh, and wave to them. “Well, I’ll be a stuffed monkey’s uncle,” Santa exclaimed, “look who’s home.”
What a surprise, and what a blessing, now they could get the sleigh runner fixed in time for the delivery of all the presents on Christmas eve. “How did you know we needed your help, and how is your Mother?”
“Well, Mother had a miraculous recovery and told me she had a feeling I was needed back here. So here I am, what’s the problem?” asked the head elf.
Santa said, “Come along and I’ll show you.” They headed to the sleigh shed and Santa pointed out the problem on the runner. “Well, with the help of the elves, I’ll have that fixed in no time. “Are you ready to load?”
Santa told him about the plan to stamp every toy with The Reason for the Season, and that it was all done, so it was a go whenever the runner on the sleigh was fixed. The head elf told Santa, “If we don’t get it fixed, we’ll use the big sleigh I brought home as a surprise for you. I’ll tell you later how I got it.” To be continued.
What about those nine inches of snow!! Recipe of the week: Santa’s Whiskers: 1 cup butter or margarine, softened; 1 cup sugar; 2 tbsp. milk; 1 tsp. peppermint flavoring; 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour; 3/4 cup chopped red candied cherries; 1/2 cup chopped pecans; 3/4 cup flaked coconut.
In mixing bowl cream together butter and sugar; blend in milk and flavoring. Stir in flour, chopped cherries and chopped pecans. Form dough into two 8-inch rolls. Roll in flaked coconut to coat outside. Wrap in waxed paper or plastic wrap; chill thoroughly. Cut into 1/4-inch slices. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 till edges are golden, about 12 minutes. Makes about 60. Enjoy Santa’s cookies!
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