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Stable Emergency is False Alarm!

Santa's sleigh-pullers in a family way

by Elvin Elf

   - Published: November 30, 2012


[Stable Emergency is False Alarm!]
Santa, Elves & Visitors Race to Stables
When Santa heard there was trouble in his stables, he ran out of the room, showing the speed that allowed him to visit so many homes in just one night, with Ali Elf running hard to keep up.

Bernard and Holly Elf chased after them, followed by Phil and Dolores Flemspackle, Santa's visitors.

When the group got to the stable, Santa and the other elves were nowhere to be seen. But there were other elves there, and lots and lots of reindeer. Phil Flemspackle looked around at all the animals.

A large, friendly elf in a football jersey approached. "You look a bit surprised," he said.

"There's a lot of reindeer here," said Phil. "I just thought there would be...you know...just eight or nine reindeer."

You mean Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, et cetera?" asked the big elf, chuckling. "We call them 'The Great Eight.' But they're not the only ones we have. Reindeer are a big part of what goes on at the North Pole. Look out," he said, pulling Dolores and Phil out of the way as a team of reindeer trotted past. The elf watched them go out the door, and over to the mail room. "That group that just went past was Jumper, Trotter, Zippy, Gumbo, Bonnie, Lulu, Pepe and Carlos." Out the door, the team was hitched to an empty sleigh. An elf climbed aboard and shook the reins, and the team leaped out into the sky. "They're on the mail run," the big elf continued. "Thousands and thousands of letters come to Santa every day, although we are getting more and more over the internet. We have two full teams of reindeer that do nothing but bring mail for Santa to the North Pole. They're so busy, they don't even get to play in the Reindeer games."

"I didn't know that," said Phil Flemspeckle. "I just thought it was the eight...well, nine, including Rudolph, that went out every year"

"Rudolph?" said the big Elf with a chuckle. "Rudolph doesn't go out every year. Only if it's really foggy or stormy. Or if one of The Great Eight can't make it. It happens sometimes. That's why we have so many other reindeer."

Just then, Santa came back from deep in the stables. "False, alarm, Timbo," he said to the big elf. "Everyone's fine, but it's still probably a few weeks away."

"What false alarm?" asked Phil.

"We have a new reindeer on its way, but it's not here yet," said Santa. "Would you like to see?" And Santa led his two guests deeper into the stables, to a little stall in the back, where two reindeer and a small elf were huddled together. One of the reindeer was larger than the other, and was laying down on a bed of straw."

"These two reindeer are about to become a family," said Santa. "Meet Ajax," and the standing reindeer bowed his head gravely, "and his mate, Scooby, who will be having a fawn very, very soon."

[by Santa Claus]

"And Waldo!" said the little elf next to them.

"...and Waldo, whom I believe you've already met," said Santa.

"Can these reindeer fly, as well?" asked Dolores.

"Well, yes. All North Pole reindeer can fly. But Scooby's not in any condition to fly right now, and Ajax won't leave her side, so they're not scheduled to do any flying this Christmas," said Santa. "What they need most right now, is to be left alone, so why don't we go back to my office?"

"And I'll stay here to make sure they're left alone!" said Waldo.

"Interesting," said Dolores, smiling a little.

What does she think is so interesting? Keep reading the North Pole Times to find out!


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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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