Annual Christmas story

The most important gift of all

Editor’s note: This is the 12th of a 12-chapter holiday tale running daily until Christmas. Parents are encouraged to read aloud to their children. Joy awoke Christmas morning to the sounds of merriment filling the air. In the common room, children were talking and laughing, and Christmas ...

Joy flies home with a precious gift

Editor’s note: This is the 11th of a 12-chapter holiday tale running daily until Christmas. Parents are encouraged to read aloud to their children. Joy stared at the shiny red sleigh, adorned with twinkling lights and sparkling silver snowflakes and tinsel. It was tiny! There was no way it ...

Joy gets to make special toys

Editor’s note: This is the 10th of a 12-chapter holiday tale running daily until Christmas. Parents are encouraged to read aloud to their children. Without a doubt, the inside of Santa’s Workshop was the most wonderful place Joy had ever seen, and it wasn’t because of magic; it was ...

Girl trains a substitute reindeer

Joy stood off to the side of the tall jump ramp and gave Maxy an encouraging smile. He stood at the far end of the field preparing for his practice run. Suzette had been delighted at Joy’s suggestion and had procured a large blowup mat that would ensure minimal discomfort if Maxy fell. ...

Focusing on reindeer’s problem at hand

Editor’s note: This is the eighth of a 12-chapter holiday tale running daily until Christmas. Parents are encouraged to read aloud to their children. Joy halted right outside the big white barn doors. “What? Me? On your sleigh?” she asked, her stomach fluttering in excitement. Santa ...

Joy learns of her past

Editor’s note: This is the seventh of a 12-chapter holiday tale running daily until Christmas. Parents are encouraged to read aloud to their children. Joy leaned forward, eager to take in every detail. “What a cold Christmas it was,” Santa began. “Below zero degrees, I believe. But ...

Joy’s tour with Santa shows her the jolly one’s treasures

Editor’s note: This is the sixth of a 12-chapter holiday tale running daily until Christmas. Parents are encouraged to read aloud to their children. “Hey, that’s me!” Joy shouted, pointing at the large round object floating in front of her on a shelf. She peered closer into the globe ...

Joy helps stop a nutcracker invasion

Editor’s note: This is the fifth of a 12-chapter holiday tale running daily until Christmas. Parents are encouraged to read aloud to their children. Joy could only watch in disbelief as the line of tall, wooden men marched into the room, oblivious that they were knocking into ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...