Hi Everybody! Merry Christmas! I'm Smitty Elf, Santa's Wish List Checker! I go over every wish list Santa gets, to see what all the kids on the 'Nice' list (and there's a lot of them!) want for Christmas! It's a tough job, but it's one I love. I thought I'd tell you how I got it:
It started out a long time ago--back even before when your grandparents were your age. Back then, I was just an average Elf--I'd build toys, wrap presents, and sometimes even get to go out with Santa to help out on Christmas Eve! Well, this one Christmas, we were wrapping up toys for all the kids on the 'Nice' list (and there were a lot of them!) when I noticed a present for a little boy named Freddy. I remembered Freddy from the year before (we Elves have very good memories), when I helped Santa put presents around Freddy's family's Christmas tree. I remembered that his house had a lot of people, and a lot of love, but not a lot of room. This year, Freddy had asked for a race car set--one that took up a lot of room. I went over to Santa, and asked him, "Did Freddy's family get a new home?"
"Ho, ho! No, they didn't Smitty," he said to me. "They still live in that same house--all nine of them! Why do you ask?"
"I was just wondering about this race car set," I said. "Is this a good gift for him?"
"Well," said Santa, "Why not? He had it at the top of his wish list, and as I recall, he was one of the kids on the 'Nice' list--and there are a lot of them--so why not give it to him?"
"Because I don't know if he would have any room to play with it," I said. "They don't have a lot of room in their house."
"Ho, ho, ho!" said Santa. "I hadn't thought of that! What good is a toy you can't play with? Let's get him something else!"
So, we gave Freddy a model airplane with a real motor that he spent all winter building, and in the spring, he took his plane to a field and everyone cheered as they watched his plane fly!
And Santa was so happy about this that he gave me the job of going through the Wish Lists every year to make sure that the toys all the kids on the 'Nice' list (and there are a lot of them!) are toys they can actually play with.
And I think it's the best job in the world.