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Annual Christmas story

Campers swap stories about first-day tasks

“Hey!” Miles called out, taking charge. “All you little elves. Listen up! You need to get in line; we can’t work this way .... no wonder everything is getting messed up.” Quickly, he directed the elves into two lines so he and Olivia could serve them. “From now on, you guys need ...

Chaos ensues at elf-run shop

Olivia and Miles had been assigned to the Candy Shoppe together, and they followed an elf named Piper, who was just as chipper as Lucy. Olivia scoffed at herself for so easily accepting that Piper and Lucy were elves, but with their pointed ears, rosy cheeks and little bits of magic they ...

Santa sprinkles some magic

Breakfast that day was probably the best food Olivia ever had tasted in her entire life. They all sat at a long table with platters of eggs, bacon, pancakes, muffins, and dozens of pastries and breads spread out before them. Kris let them eat their fill before standing and clearing his throat. ...

Santa campers meet each other ahead of orientation

Olivia would love to say she woke up the next morning to a crazy Christmas dream brought on by too much peppermint hot cocoa, but it was real. She’d left her house in a sleigh, and it flew, with reindeer, just like the stories. Well, not exactly like the stories — there were only two ...

A contract begins

EDITOR’S NOTE: This part one of a continuing, fictional holiday tale that is running daily through Christmas. Parents are encouraged to read along with their children. Chapter 1 Olivia sat at her kitchen table, staring back and forth from her mother to the stranger who claimed he was Santa ...

Mia executes perfect surprise for Brandon

On Christmas morning, Mia and Brandon sat side by side in the back of a cab. Her mother had spoken with the driver, giving him strict instructions not to leave without them and to keep them safe. She gave him an extra tip for the trouble, which made him happy to comply. The airport was crowded ...