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Don't Worry - Be Happy!

Missing Santa Changes Atmosphere

by Elvin Elf

   - Published: December 15, 2012


[Don't Worry - Be Happy!]
Not Much Fun for Elves
Bernard Elf closed the email from Santa with a sigh. He turned to look at the group of Elves around him. "Well, you heard him, everybody. We have work to do."

"We're already working," said Twinkle Elf. "As hard as we can."

"And we're right on schedule, as far as I can tell," said Adamup Elf. "Our toy-to-child ratio is right were it should be."

Gizmo Elf, Santa's chief Toymaking Elf, looked over the printout from his great toymaking machine, "And the Appendapulator's Appendapulating as well as it's ever...well...Appendapulated."

"Santa asked me to check his sleigh already, and I fixed it," said Smitty Elf. "It's running straight and true. I suppose I could check it again..."

"Let's face it," said Louis Elf. "We're doing everything right. But it still doesn't feel right."

Just then Mrs. Claus came into the room with a tray of cookies, plus a salad for Jiller Elf, who prefers vegetables to sweets. "What's going on?" she asked. "You all look so gloomy! It's less than ten days 'til Christmas! Where's the Christmas Cheer?"

"I don't know, Mrs. Claus," said Jiller, picking at her lettuce.

"I do," said Santa's wife. "It's because Santa's not here, isn't it? That, and the fact that those poor reindeer were taken by that strange Flemspackle woman. Well, sitting here moping will do nothing to make the situation any better."

She made the Elves all stand up. "I'm sure many of you remember Abraham Lincoln?" she asked them.

[by Santa Claus]

"He was never on the naughty list!" said Twinkle Elf.

"Er...no, I don't think he was, Twinkle," said Mrs. Claus. "He was known for more than never being naughty. He was the sixteenth President of the United States. And one of his more famous sayings was this: 'People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.'"

"What's that mean?" asked Gizmo.

"It means that if you want to be happy, you can choose to be happy, no matter what else is going on." said Bernard, smiling. "Mrs. Claus is right! Moping around isn't going to change anything, so why mope? It's almost Christmas! We're Elves! Let's be happy!"

The other elves cheered, and thanked Mrs. Claus for the words.

It's always important to remember this: even if you can't choose what's going on around you, you can still choose how you feel!

As the Elves were getting back to work, the door burst open, and Ali Elf burst through the door. "I know what Dolores Flemspackle is doing with the Reindeer!" she said, "And it's right here on this newpaper!"

What does that newspaper say? Keep reading this newspaper--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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