Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve is Here I'm On My Way!

Today is the day! I hope you’re ready for Christmas! I sure am! 

I’m up in the air as I write this blog, and we’re speeding South at a blinding speed! The elves have fitted this sleigh with all kinds of electronics, and there are hundreds of blinking lights. Plus, these newer glowing instruments on the dashboard is like a symphony of colors! It doesn’t really matter though, it’s ultimately the reindeer who know the route and who I trust to get me where I'm going– all the gizmos in the world can’t beat reindeer intuition and guidance!

It has been such a flurry of activity! I was so forgetful that I had forgotten to kiss Mrs. Claus good-by;  when we took off we had to make a 180 degree turn for a quick landing – I received a nice kiss and warm hug, plus the elves managed to squeeze an extra thermos of hot chocolate on board. Mrs. Claus told me to be careful - wear my hat and gloves, and don't eat to many cookies!

The reindeer really look sharp. They were carefully groomed and fitted with new harnesses plus new silver bells around their necks. These bells are tuned to a perfect, harmonious pitch. You should go outside tonight and see if you can hear the bells...If you do, you know I'm coming!

The Silver Streak sleigh is very bright because it is lined with hundreds of red LED lights – new this year are two 10-million candle power headlights – one green (on the left), one blue (on the right), and with reindeer Rudolph leading the way with his red-glowing-nose we have to be the absolutely most colorful sight streaking across the sky tonight!

With me are Elf Vizz, McPhee, LePhant, Noelstra, Emmup. And of course up front with me is Elf McCandles – she’s in charge of checking all the deliveries and she’s also carrying the big bag of magic snow crystals. We use this magic snow when we must land on rooftops that don’t have snow.

While you are waiting for me to show up you can go to my Official Christmas Website at http://www.merry-christmas.com/!

Please keep me and your families in your prayers, be good  - and Merry-Christmas everybody!

Santa

Monday, December 23, 2013

Getting Santa's Sleigh Ready

I can’t believe all the activity at the Merry Christmas Village! The elfins are moving so fast that they seem to be in a blur and I feel like I’m standing still. This is the best time of the year, however because I can really feel the excitement. I can especially tell from the many letters that children are sending that most everyone is anxious for Christmas! 

To add to the excitement we’ve been singing a lot of Christmas songs too. Mrs. Claus has chosen the Silver Streak sleigh for toy deliveries this year. The elves are now polishing the skis and putting in the new GPS electronics. Elf Chinn said he will soon start filling the sleigh full of presents. By Christmas Eve he will have double-checked in all the toys. To begin, we’ll move the sleigh into the Village’s Toy Barn. There is a big platform that we set the sleigh on that makes it easier to load the sleigh. Plus, it’s nice and warm in here too! 

I’ve asked the elves to add some of these new bright red-colored LED lights. I understand these lights will really help light up the sky as we’re flying over towns and cities – plus, it will help pilots from all the aircraft we see and pass to know where we are – and where we are heading! You should look for flashing red lights in the sky Christmas Eve night– you never know!

While you are waiting for me to show up you can go to my Official Christmas Website at http://www.merry-christmas.com/!


You be good now,


Santa

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Santa's Sleigh Practice Flights

The elves are beginning to take more and more practice flights with the reindeer. The take-offs and landings are so important because we have to be careful on the roofs of so many homes. Practice is very important! Elf McJenny had loaded the sleigh full of sand bags to simulate the extra weight for when we are loaded up with toys and other wonderful presents on Christmas Eve. Elf McJenny was in the back of the sleigh with Elf Ephem, who was along for the ride as an observer. Pilot Elf Eloise was at the reins steering the reindeer. She took the reindeer quickly up to 10,000 feet and they performed a very sharp banking U-turn. Unfortunately, one of the sandbags came loose during this turn and fell out of the sleigh! Elf McJenny didn’t panic for she signaled to Rudolph and pointed to the falling sandbag, and she also yelled to Elf Eloise what had happened. Rudolph and Eloise immediately put the reindeer and sleigh into a steep dive. They were going extremely fast straight down but they caught up to the falling sandbag, and Elf McJenny was able to reach out and grab it in mid-fall! It was an amazing stunt!

When they landed they realized they had forgotten about Elf Ephem! They found him shaking underneath the seat with a look of terrible fright on his face. This was his first flight in the Merry Christmas sleigh, and I think he’s volunteering to stay on the ground for a while! But for now he sure has a great adventure to talk about!

While you are waiting for me to show up you can go to my Official Christmas Website at http://www.merry-christmas.com/!


You be good now,


Santa

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Merry Christmas Village Penguins

Kids often write and ask me about our resident penguins. I understand children’s curiosity since most penguins live in the Southern Hemisphere. However, the reindeer up here are so friendly that they easily make friends with all animals of the earth. Once the reindeer found out that penguins were experts at tobogganing they knew they had to invite penguin to become residents at the Merry-Christmas village. I’m so happy to have the penguins here – they are so fun to watch! I didn’t realize how fast these penguins could go as they slide down our mountain slopes on their bellies. And when they have races it’s often a penguin that wins.

One thing the penguins like to do is change their colors. All penguins have a white underside and a mostly black upperside. But during the Christmas season the penguins will surprise everyone by coloring themselves bright colors such as green and red. Some even put red stripes on their belly so they look like a waddling candy cane – it is so hilarious! What makes our penguins really unique are they way they can sing together. They have beautiful singing voices and we look forward to hearing them perform during the many concerts we have at the village

While you are waiting for me to show up you can go to my Official Christmas Website at http://www.merry-christmas.com/!

You be good now,

Santa

Friday, December 20, 2013

The reindeer treadmill

The reindeer at the Merry Christmas village are very health conscious. I joke with them on how they like to eat candy canes all the time, but I know they like vegetables just as much, especially carrots. They often are at practice as they hone their flying skills (not to mention the very robust air-ball games they play while flying). Yet, on the ground they also have a daily exercise routine that involves all kinds of fun activities. Recently, the elves built a very large treadmill inside reindeer exercise center. The elves installed some large screen televisions so the reindeer could watch their favorite TV programs or DVD movies as they walked on the treadmill. This treadmill was very large and 10 reindeer could easily walk on it together. They asked me to join them in a group exercise on this new treadmill. I was very amazed because the floor of this treadmill is made of real green grass! It’s like walking on a large moving soccer field. Now this is the kind of treadmill I could get used to!

While you are waiting for me to show up you can go to my Official Christmas Website at http://www.merry-christmas.com/!

You be good now,

Santa

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Santa's Christmas Socks

I have to hand it to Mrs. Claus when it comes to her being thrifty. She doesn’t waste anything, and she very diligent about recycling. She just brought me some of the warmest wool socks I’ve ever worn! She knew I’d like them because she and some of the elves made them from remnants of old sweaters that I once had. Elf McDonnegal, who is the fastest knitter around and is also in charge of the Merry Christmas Irish Sweater, Scarves, and Hats shop, broke down these old sweaters and rolled them into several balls of colorful yarn. Elf McDonnegal and some of her helper elves then set out with Mrs. Claus to knit socks as gifts for the reindeer. Fortunately for me, they had enough material left and they made an extra pair of socks for me! I hope I don't wear these down too fast. My feet get cold too often, and these socks are so warm! I think I’ll give McDonnegal some more of my old sweaters and see what she comes up with for a new hat!

While you are waiting for me to show up you can go to my Official Christmas Website at http://www.merry-christmas.com/!

You be good now,

Santa

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas Calendar

In the middle of the Merry Christmas Village square is a raised gigantic floor of very large squares that makes up the official Christmas Calendar. There are 37 squares (31 for each day of December and six more squares to end the Christmas season on January 6th with the Epiphany). Each square is a 10 X 10 foot picture frame for there is a magnificent painting or photograph on top of each. Each day, starting on December 1st, we begin to reveal the images on the squares. They are covered with matching green-colored canvasses, and at the 6 o’clock bell a new square is revealed with a musical ceremony put on by the snowmen. We do this nightly as we countdown to Christmas – and afterwards as the Christmas season continues. Many of the pictures come from artists around the world, and this year the elves included an aerial photograph of the Christmas Village they had taken on a practice flight with the reindeer – They had had stamped out the words in the snow that read “Elves Rock!” I think this was a wonderful, creative way to make a picture for our Countdown Calendar.

While you are waiting for me to show up you can go to my Official Christmas Website at http://www.merry-christmas.com/!

You be good now,

Santa

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Tree Decorations

One tradition at the Merry-Christmas Village is the decorating and lighting of the giant Village Christmas Tree. Every year many of the residents bring in a new ornament that they’ve personally made. Mrs. Claus likes to make edible cookie ornaments (they’re very populular and disappear quickly); the Snowmen make some of the most beautiful ice sculpture ornaments – they really sparkle brightly. The reindeer, with help from the elves, shape out all kinds of animal ornaments (it’s funny how all their ornaments sprout antlers) and the elves themselves try to ‘one-up’ each other and always produce the most intricate ornaments you’ll ever see. Of course, we hang a lot of candy canes from the branches – I think Elf Vizz told me they bring in over 3,000 candy canes to hang – they are tasty too!

Thank goodness everyone is so helpful because there are over 250,000 LED lights that get strung up around the trees. There is every colored light you’ve ever seen – plus more! Our tradition is to have all the magical reindeer to come flying over the horizon carrying a very bright star. This star will mount on the top of Ole Blue, the gigantic blue spruce tree in the square. They fly in a slowly, while making a circular pattern. All the village residents join in and sing Silent Night together. The reindeer then line up in front of the tree as Rudolph rises and places the big star on top of Ole Blue. Then everyone is silent for a moment as we contemplate the good things that we have…It’s a great tradition don’t you think?

While you are waiting for me to show up you can go to my Official Christmas Website at http://www.merry-christmas.com/!

You be good now,

Santa

Monday, December 16, 2013

Santa Tracking with a GPS

All the residents of the Merry-Christmas village voiced their opinion and we’ve narrowed down the choice to either the Golden Flash or the Silver Streak sleigh for delivering gifts this Christmas Eve. It’s been a while since I’ve taken the Silver Streak, but I’ll let Mrs. Claus make the final selection since she does the final inspections with Elf Emmup.

The elves tell me that with all the RADAR devices that are scanning the skies that I need to catch up with technology! They’re attaching Global Positioning Systems (GPS) devices on all the sleighs. Plus they’ll be broadcasting what they are calling a blue-red-green“Santa Beacon” This will allow kids around the world to be able to see where we’re at when we’re out on the Christmas Eve route! You know, I will still rely on the reindeer for directions – for no matter how fancy and high-tech the electronics, nothing beats finding directions like a flying reindeer. They have the unique gift to know exactly where they are, and where they’re going without any electronic gizmos. But, with all these monitors and flashing lights inside the sleigh Elf Emmup said this will be the first Christmas we will be able to check the weather conditions everywhere!

While you are waiting for me to show up you can go to my Official Christmas Website at http://www.merry-christmas.com/!

You be good now,

Santa

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Santa's Baseball Cap

Whenever the elves have free time they like to play games, sing, or play jokes on each other. I seem to be a favorite target of many of their pranks and this morning they got me! I have many hats, but they are all pretty much the same – a stocking cap that is red, fluffy and warm. I like that I can pull hats down to cover my ears. Mrs. Claus won’t let me go outside unless I have my hat! But, for some reason my hat closet was completely bare except for one orange-green-purple striped baseball cap. On the cap’s front logo was the text “Elves Rock!” Next to the cap was a note that read, “Dear Santa, Your hats have been taken to be cleaned, tuned and fluffed – please accept this hat as a temporary replacement.” Best regards - Elf Klaag.

Elf Klaag is in charge of the Village Hats n’ Socks workshop. So, I thought this was very nice of the elves to be thinking about me and that they thought I needed a freshly tuned hat. I gladly donned the cap and headed out to visit some of the workshops.

However, every shop I stepped into I could hear the elves giggling! I know they have seen me before wearing a baseball hat – I’ve worn them for various occasions. Yet, some of the elves were laughing out loud when they looked at me. I knew something was up.

I took the hat off and noticed that the logo had changed! It now read “Santa Has A Monkey Face!” Ho! Ho! Ho!

About every 30 seconds the logo text would change to either a funny picture or to text that stated something goofy about me!

I’m keeping this hat. I figure that as long at it brings cheer to so many that it’s worth keeping.
While you are waiting for me to show up you can go to my Official Christmas Website at http://www.merry-christmas.com/!
You be good now,
Santa