Editor's note: The following is an email sent from Santa Claus, currently orbiting the Earth in a spaceship, to Mrs. Claus, who was just about to cancel Christmas, sent using his Wow-wee-whooper-doo laptop computer. We reprint the message here with Mrs. Claus' permission.
Ho ho ho! I'm sorry if my being stuck in orbit has made things difficult for all of you down there at the North Pole! I know I sure wish I was down there for the Christmas season, but that's not what happened this year.
Waldo says 'hi' to everyone down there, and wants to make sure that there's plenty of strawberries and mustard ready for him when he returns! In fact, that's something I wanted to bring up. Waldo and I were talking about all the work that you were doing to try and get me down from this spaceship, and he said something interesting. He said: "Santa, why don't they just send up a couple of reindeer to come get us?"
Why not indeed? Our Great Eight have been known to jump up to the moon and back in the Reindeer Games, surely a couple of them can come get us! So, dear, if it's not too much of a bother, could you please send Dasher and Comet up here, and Waldo and I will ride them back down, and we should be at the North Pole straight away.
I can't wait to see you again, dear, and all the elves too! I have a feeling this is going to be the best Christmas ever!
Ho ho ho!
Although there was cause for concern, Santa delivers on Christmas.
For once, everything is working right at The North Pole! It looks like it's going to be a Merry Christmas, after all!
It was a scene of comfort and joy today at the North Pole as Santa Claus and Waldo Elf returned to Earth.
Santa may be trapped in orbit, but he still has his laptop computer! He sends a message that might help the situation--and it was something that Waldo Elf thought up!
It’s a sad day at the north pole. Usually the first day of winter is filled with busting activities, but everyone’s in a state of shock. All the work looks like it’s going to be for nothing. Will Christmas be cancelled?
The Yeti--or Abominable Snowmen--have gotten into Gizmo's workshop. Where the Yetis go, trouble follows--and so do Mrs. Claus and the Elves!
It's been a worrisome Christmas season so far, but it looks like things are almost back to normal. But remember--looks can be deceiving!
Mrs. Claus wants to end the strike, so she makes an offer that I'm sure no child has ever heard before!
This has been a tough time for everyone at the North Pole. Santa is stuck in orbit, the Elves are on strike, and the Abominable Snowmen who came in to make toys are breaking more than they make! So, the letter from Santa was a welcome sight!
Mrs. Claus has hired Abominable Snowmen--or Yeti--to make the toys this Christmas! Do you think that was a good idea?
With the elves on strike, Mrs. Claus needs help making toys. But will her solution be worse than the problem?
Mrs. Claus and Jiller Elf walked through the empty workshop, looking at the benches filled with half-made toys.
Checking in with Holly Elf, our Chief Santa Spotter, to see how the spotting's are going!
Santa writes a letter to everyone from out in space!
In a startling development, Santa's Elves have walked away from the workshop to protest the change in their snack foods, from sweets to veggies! All this is happening at the same time Santa is stuck in orbit.
The elves aren't happy with having vegetables for snacks instead of sweets. Will they get used to carrots instead of candy?
Mrs. Claus makes a major announcement, will the elves be happy about it?
It's a race against time for the elves to make enough toys for all the children on Santa's 'Nice' list! But the elves are falling asleep on the job!
With Santa in space, Mrs. Claus has taken charge. Will they get Santa back in time for Christmas? Will they make enough toys for Santa to deliver them?
As you may know, Santa Claus has been accidentally launched into orbit. Right now, Gizmo Elf is busy building a rocket that can rescue Santa in time for him to deliver the presents on Christmas Eve. The problem is: we're not sure where in orbit Santa is!
The rescue rocket to bring Santa back down to the North Pole is being built. But Gizmo's worried about something else!
With just 20 days 'til Christmas Eve, the North Pole is as busy as it's ever been! All the elves are working very, very hard to make toys for the kids on Santa's 'Nice' list. But will they have enough energy to finish the job?
With Santa launched into orbit, Mrs. Claus has taken charge. After all, someone has to! She ordered Gizmo to change the Appendapulator from the great toy-making machine of the North Pole to the great rocket-making machine! But how will they talk to Santa while he's in space?
Santa had just blasted off into space! The only way to get him back in time for Christmas would be to have the Appendapulator, the great toy-making machine of the North Pole, stop making toys and start making a rescue rocket. But if the Appendapulator isn't making toys, then Santa would have nothing to deliver on Christmas Eve! What can they do?
Santa Claus and Waldo Elf have been sent into orbit! What will happen at the North Pole while they're gone?
Waldo takes Santa on a tour of the new spaceship, but when Waldo's around, trouble isn't far behind!
When Waldo Elf hears a secret, it's certain it won't stay a secret for long! The only question is: Who will hear the secret first?
Gizmo Elf is making something for Santa! Will Waldo Elf spoil the surprise?
Get ready for another fun-filled adventure at Santa’s Village at the North Pole.