Once upon a time, a long, long, long, long time ago, Santa was just starting out on his life-long dream to make kids around the world happy by giving them presents and goodies on Christmas. Santa knew he would need lots of help. He began working on all of the pieces needed to make his dream come true. It took a number of years and few mistakes, but after all of this, Santa had talked with people from all around the world about how best to proceed.
I found the original Help Wanted ad from all those years ago as I was looking through some boxes a few weeks ago for Christmas decorations. I thought you might like to see the ad Great Gram MaMa answered way back then.
A while before Santa was to begin, he realized he needed a toy maker. Not just any toymaker would do. This toy maker had to be able to make every kind of toy there was, and then some. The person to be hired also had to have nimble fingers, a jolly attitude, and love snow. Santa decided to place a help wanted ad in the local paper, The North Pole Times. That ad proved lucky for my family. You see, my great, great, great, great grandmother, Tatiana, was one of those who applied. Great Gram MaMa Tatiana, as we refer to her, was only a beginner toy maker, but she loved kids, and cookies and hot cocoa, and playing in the snow. Santa knew she was exactly who he was looking for so he brought her on-board.
Great Gram MaMa Tatiana turned out to be a natural. She was one of those rare elves who understood not only how to make toys, but knew, just knew, what each kid would want and how to make them happy. As there came to be more and more kids, Santa and Great Gram MaMa needed help. She and Santa were making so many toys they didn’t have time to play. That simply wouldn’t do. There were snowelves to be made, hills to sled down and snowball fights to be had.
Great Gram MaMa had been spending so much time with Santa and making toys she didn’t know a lot of other people or elves. Great Gram MaMa decided to talk to many of her relatives about how great it was working with Santa and asked them if they wanted to help. Over time, most of the northern Elven clan came to work with Santa and Great Gram MaMa Tatiana. Elves are naturally so good at making toys and knowing what makes kids happy, that Santa has never considered anyone else to help him. The rest, as they say, is history.
I have stories on the design of Santa’s sleigh and how reindeer became involved, but those are stories for another day. Until then, keep spreading Christmas Cheer!