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Getting Ready for Ha'Penny Elf!

Elves Prepare Pole For Visitors

by Eugene Elf

   - Published: November 23, 2012


[Getting Ready for Ha'Penny Elf!]
Busy Elves Keeping Things Tidy
The North Pole is a busy place year-round--there's toys to invent, machines to tinker, naughty and nice lists to start, and reindeer to feed and exercise. But the Christmas season is, of course, the busiest season of all.

And the North Pole is usually a tidy place. It's the way of elves not to make a mess. They take pride in keeping things neat. Don't you? But, when it gets to be Christmas season, and things start to get really busy, it gets a bit sloppy. Not as sloppy as you might think: a pair of shoes left out here, a plate not washed there--and sometimes, The North Pole goes for days without someone polishing it. The elves notice this, and pick up when they can (you do the same, don't you?), but it's not spotless.

That's okay, though--as soon as Santa heads out on Christmas Eve, and right after the elves have a few cups of hot chocolate and some of Mrs. Claus' famous cookies, they start to clean up.

But this year, with company coming from the south (and remember, when you're at The North Pole, everywhere else is the south), a few of the elves decided that, as busy as they were, they should clean up a bit.

Jiller, Holly, and Twinkle Elf were sweeping the floor of the toy factory, while Waldo, Ali, and Adamup Elf cleaned the windows. Gizmo Elf, Santa's Chief Inventor Elf, was carefully painting over a few scratches on the outside of the Appendapulator, the great toymaking machine of the North Pole. And, since they were elves, of course they talked about the visitor that was to come--the Granddaughter of Ha'penny Elf!

"Does anyone here remember Ha'penny?" asked Twinkle, shyly. "I was just a little baby elf when he went away."

[by Santa Claus]

"I remember he was real good with numbers," said Adamup, Santa's Chief Toycounting Elf. "One year, we had a whole bunch of kids--258,755 to be exact--who all wanted a bag of marbles for Christmas. No one was sure if we had made enough marbles or not. Well, Ha'penny took one look at the marble bin, and said that if we put twenty-four marbles in each bag, we'd have one marble left over. He was right, and he gave that marble to me." He reached into his pocket and pulled out a little glass ball. "See? It's an aggie." He put the marble back. "That was the Christmas I decided to start counting toys."

"I was pretty young when he left, too," said Jiller Elf, "but I remember once when I was in bed with elf-fluenza, he stopped by with some soup." Jiller licked her lips thoughtfully. "Cream of broccoli soup. It was delicious."

Sharp-eyed Holly Elf, the Santa Spotter, spoke up next "Ha'penny was the only elf I couldn't find when playing hide-and-seek."

"He was a great dresser, for an Elf," sighed Ali. "Ha'penny could even make a green waistcoat look good."

"He gave me his recipe for Strawberry-and-Mustard pudding," added Waldo.

The other elves looked at each other and shrugged.

"Well, be that as it may," said Gizmo, "He was still an all-around great elf. There wasn't a thing at the North Pole Ha'penny was bad at. Whenever something needed to be done, 'Ha'penny will do,' is what we'd all say. I wonder what his Granddaughter will be like?"

An excellent question, indeed--and one you will only find the answer to by reading the North Pole Times!


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Super Secret Sunday Final

Now the conclusion of the CASE OF THE MISSING CHRISTMAS WISH LIST.


School of Wonders Elves Graduate

Graduation is an elf’s favorite day at school. After all, it is the day we are rewarded for all of our hard schoolwork.



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Shortly after you go to bed tonight, Santa will leave for his trip around the world! He’ll land on rooftops, pulled by his magical team of reindeer, in every city, every town and every country across the globe to deliver wonderful gifts to wonderful boys and girls.

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After nearly a month away from the North Pole, Santa Claus had returned at last. But before he got ready for Christmas Eve, he needed to ask Gizmo Elf something:

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Sparks flew! Gears ground! Widgets fidgeted! Steam billowed up and around Waldo and the Appendapulator! There was a sound like a giant balloon popping, and then all was silent.

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Waldo Elf was laughing. You fellas sure do know how to tickle my funnybone! he said.

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Gimo Elf looked up from his work on the Appendapulator to find a group of elves looking at him. This was nothing new to Gizmo recently. Ever since he had accidentally popped Santa away from the North Pole, elves were stopping by, checking on his progress, seeing if he needed anything, encouraging him any way they could to help him bring Santa back.

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All the elves were working very hard at the North Pole, getting ready for Christmas. But none were working harder than Gizmo. Unfortunately, he seemed to be making no progress in getting Santa back to the North Pole.

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Santa's still getting popped around by the Appendapulator. Now he's in England!

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Who would drive the sleigh if Santa is away?

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What if Santa doesn't make it back to the North Pole in time for Christmas?

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On one end of the Appendapulator, everything was 'business as usual;' brightly wrapped presents were popping out ot the machine as fast as the elves could carry them away. At the other end, though, things were a little different.

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Mrs. Claus appeared at the doorway of the workshop. "Santa sent us another email!" she called.

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Moving a machine like the Appendapulator from one place to another is not an easy job. It's especially difficult when all the reindeer are busy competing at the Reindeer Games.

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What's normally good news this time of year brings trouble to the North Pole.

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One second Santa's in California, the next he's in New York!

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Sometimes things just go from bad to worse. And sometimes they go from worse to downright terrible.

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S. Alfred Pickles looked around the workshop. His beady eyes gazed longingly at the Appendapulator, the great toymaking machine of the North Pole.

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Inside the cloud of steam, a shape loomed. It was large. It was round-bellied. It wasn't Santa!

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The Appendapulator whirred and bonked, clanked and clonked, and then was still. "I just don't understand it, Waldo," said Gizmo Elf, inventor of the giant toymaking machine. "It looks like everything is working fine, but things aren't

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"We've got another email from Santa!" Jiller Elf called out.

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Gizmo thinks the flanged prestidigimuggin is the problem. He's probably wrong.

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The North Pole hears from Santa; tells everyone he's safe.

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On a typical early December day at the North Pole, elves are very busy. They sort out Christmas lists, build toys, and generally get ready for the Big Night, Christmas Eve, when Santa Claus delivers gifts to all the children of the world. This, however, was not a typical early December day at the North Pole. Santa Claus was popped out of the North Pole during a demonstration of the modified Appendapulator, the main toy-making machine of the North Pole.

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During a demonstration of an upgraded Appendapulator, the great toy-making machine of the North Pole, Santa Claus suddenly disappeared. Witnesses report that there was some sort of popping sound, and Santa was no longer there!

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During a demonstration of the Appendapulator, Santa Claus was popped away from the North Pole.

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The Appendapulator, the great toy-making machine of the North Pole, has just been modified by Gizmo Elf, Santa's Chief Inventing Elf, and the Appendapulator's creator.

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When we arrived at Gizmo Elf's workshop, we were greeted by a closed door and the sounds of conks, bonks, boiks and boops from inside. Santa knocked on the door, and the noises stopped for a moment, followed by the sound of someone whispering. Suddenly there was a loud crash, a tinkle, a honk, and then the door opened. A small head with enormous glasses poked out.

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Gizmo and Waldo are working on the Apendapulator, and everyone else waits to see what they're doing!

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Santa Claus toured the grounds of the North Pole yesterday, making sure all is ready for the big rush to Christmas. He was accompanied by Mrs. Claus and Bernard Elf.

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Will there be changes in the way the Elves get ready for Christmas?

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Santa has a message for all the kids out there!

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Get ready for another fun-filled adventure at Santa’s Village at the North Pole.

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It's that time of year again. Readers of the North Pole Times are in for some special treats this year.


[The North Pole Times News Team]





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