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December 19

I recall back to the days of yesteryears when life was just getting started in the business. Days were not much different than the days of this period in time. Yes, toys were different and fewer needed to be made without doubt. It is the spirit of the season that never seems to change. My first year here at the Pole might have been a bit more exciting. Moving to a new location can give someone a lot of mixed feelings. It is hard to leave behind the familiar faces and places in exchange for new faces and new life.

I can still remember how nervous I was with having only known a few of the elves and suddenly I was surrounded by dozens of them. At the time I was the only 'human' in the group. That of course changed when I married Mrs. Jessica 'wanna cookie' Claus. Before that grand day, it was just myself and a bunch of elves meandering about the town getting it all set up for the first season here at the North Pole.

Truth be told, I was very nervous (as I am sure some of you know from experience) being around so many new elves that were so different than me. I wondered what they all thought about my red hair (yes, many decades ago I actually had color to my hair chuckle chuckle). I was so much taller and definitely a wee bit rounder than everyone else. Of course some of the younger elves enjoyed themselves by making fun of me. Sometimes being different can be very difficult.

Over time though they all accepted me for my differences. By the day we got the first toy built we were all a big happy group of friends. I guess the real thing about being the odd person in a group is being able to past the silly antics of those around you. Sometimes being different means you are very special indeed. Many great things have been accomplished by unique individuals. And while at times it is very difficult to get comfortable around so many new people, eventually that too will be more and more relaxing and many new friends are there to be made!

I know I would not change having moved here and met all the great wonderful elves that I have. While I was almost petrified and very sad, I can look back now and realize that I was worried about nothing. A new home, a new view out the kitchen window and new friends are usually always good things to be found.

Did you know that your brain is more active at night than during the day?

I guess I should mention we loaded a few more dozen bags full of gifts today if any of you are interested! I know I saw at least one with Ka….well, I best not say whose gift it was. If I say one child's name I would have to tell everyone else's name, and I certainly don’t need to make another list to check! Ho! Ho…zzzzzzzz

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