Annual Christmas story

Girl’s talk with Santa suddenly interrupted

Editor’s note: This is the fourth of a 12-chapter holiday tale running daily until Christmas. Parents are encouraged to read aloud to their children. “I don’t believe in Santa Claus,” Joy said defiantly, despite all the evidence surrounding her as she followed the man — Santa? — ...

Girl heads to the North Pole, meets Santa

Editor’s note: This is the third of a 12-chapter holiday tale running daily until Christmas. Parents are encouraged to read aloud to their children. Joy stared in disbelief as a short, pudgy man ran chaotically toward her, flailing his arms about. He was shorter than her, though it was ...

Joy overwhelmed by scents of new world

Editor’s note: This is the second of a 12-chapter holiday tale running daily until Christmas. Parents are encouraged to read aloud to their children. Just a few feet in front of Joy stood a massive fountain shaped like a gingerbread man, one taller than a house, holding a giant mug out in ...

Sad girl struggles through Christmas

Editor’s note: This is the first of a 12-chapter holiday tale running daily until Christmas. Parents are encouraged to read aloud to their children. Joy Noelle sat on the worn sofa, pretending to read the book open in her lap while she watched the other kids giggle and chatter as they placed ...

Georgie faces down blizzard at North Pole

Editor’s note: This is the 11th chapter of the 12-part holiday tale “The Snow Elf,” running daily through Christmas morning. Parents are encouraged to read aloud to their children. Chapter 11 Getting shrunk down, packed up and mailed in a sack along with hundreds of envelopes ...

Kids ready to mail selves with elf to North Pole

Editor’s note: This is the 10th chapter of the 12-part holiday tale “The Snow Elf,” running daily through Christmas morning. Parents are encouraged to read aloud to their children. CHAPTER 10 Anna and Alex Berry made their way across the Riverton Valley Mall, heading toward ...

Unexpected help yields possible plan to return

Editor’s note: This is the ninth chapter of the 12-part holiday tale “The Snow Elf,” running daily through Christmas morning. Parents are encouraged to read aloud to their children. CHAPTER 9 Georgie gasped at the sight of the other elf. He jumped out of his chair and wrapped ...

Snow Elf produces magic in mall

Editor’s note: This is the eighth chapter of the 12-part holiday tale “The Snow Elf,” running daily through Christmas morning. Parents are encouraged to read aloud to their children. Chapter 8 The Riverton Valley Mall bustled with activity. Cheery holiday music blasted from ...

Flying deer dropping back to earth

Editor's note: This is the seventh chapter of the 12-part holiday tale "The Snow Elf," running daily through Christmas morning. Parents are encouraged to read aloud to their children. By MEGAN SMITH Tribune Chronicle The ground fell away from them as the deer ran through the air, ...

The elf recruits deer for flight to find North Pole

Editor’s note: This is the sixth chapter of the 12-part holiday tale “The Snow Elf,” running daily through Christmas morning. Parents are encouraged to read aloud to their children. When they’d set off for the woods, Anna had walked with a bounce in her step. Even though she was ...

Alex, Anna and the elf try to find way to North Pole

Editor’s note: This is the fifth chapter of the 12-part holiday tale “The Snow Elf,” running daily through Christmas morning. Parents are encouraged to read aloud to their children. Georgie the Elf sat on Anna’s polka-dotted bedspread, a worried frown on his face. He tapped his ...

Elf battles blizzard with globe

Editor’s note: This is the fourth chapter of the 12-part holiday tale “The Snow Elf,” running daily through Christmas morning. Parents are encouraged to read aloud to their children. Chapter 4 Georgie Glitterfrost paced in a circle. “So there I was, trapped in my own ...

Elf’s snow spell blasts into a horribly wrong blizzard

Editor’s note: This is the third chapter of the 12-part holiday tale “The Snow Elf,” running daily through Christmas morning. Parents are encouraged to read aloud to their children. “Thank you so very much for freeing me,” the elf ...

Young shopper discovers surprise in snow globe

Editor’s note: This is the first chapter of the 12-part holiday tale “The Snow Elf,” running daily through Christmas morning. Parents are encouraged to read aloud to their children. ­CHAPTER 1 “Twenty-six, twenty-seven, twenty-eight.” Anna Berry ...

Crushed snow globe sets Christmas elf free

Editor’s note: This is the second chapter of the 12-part holiday tale “The Snow Elf,” running daily through Christmas morning. Parents are encouraged to read aloud to their children. Anna stared into the snow globe, her mouth open wide in ...