Jessie sighed contentedly under the table. Christmas had been a whirlwind in Santa’s house. Jessie had traveled with Santa on the trip around the world. It had been extremely exciting for the dog but uneventful.
The pair had returned home exhausted and they slept for the next two days. When they finally awoke Molly had rushed them through a series of parties to celebrate another successful year. Now Jessie, Santa and Molly were sitting by the fire relaxing. Jessie was almost asleep when Molly put down her knitting needles and picked up a letter from her sister. She opened the snowy paper and began to read mumbling to herself. Molly smiled and then looked at Jessie. “My sister writes stories, Jessie. She’s written another one. Would you like to hear it?”
Jessie raised her head and looked at Molly. She lightly barked in agreement and turned around in her bed to get comfortable.
Molly smiled. Cleared her throat and began to tell a story her sister called the Feather Fight.
It was a humid day in the middle of summer and Toby walked through the park with several of his school friends. He wished they could go into the air conditioned theater but the kids from his school didn’t have the money to waste on luxuries. Instead, they mostly hung around the park playing soccer, having water fights and teasing girls.
He could see Misha and his cronies down by the mill pond. They skateboarded toward Toby and his friends. Misha was rich or, more precisely, his parents were rich. Misha went to the private school in town and did all the things that Toby wished he could do. Every time Toby saw that superior look on Misha’s face, he wanted to hit him in the face. So, when Misha skated by, Toby grabbed Misha’s arm and pulled him off his skateboard hoping Misha would fall on his head. Continue reading The Feather Fight
Santa has been having problems with the heater on the sleigh. Without heat Santa and Jessie would get frost bite when delivering the presents on Christmas Eve. The woman who normally fixes his sleigh had broken her arm so Santa had to get a mechanic from the nearest town to come and fix the vehicle. The mechanic’s name was Tom and he thought that Santa was rather eccentric. He did not believe in Santa Claus but was willing to fix the sleigh. He thought there was no harm in keeping an old man happy.
When Tom looked at the sleigh he found reindeer hair in the fan. The hair had stopped up parts so the heat could not reach the back of the sleigh. Tom scrunched his nose curiously, held up the hair and looked at Santa. Santa just shrugged, and grinned at the man. Tom sighed and put the fan back together. He went home confused and shaking his head.
Now that the fan was fixed Santa called upon his pit crew to get the sleigh ready for the trip. One elf secured the harnesses for the reindeer. He made sure they were strong and would last the trip around the world.
Another elf refilled the cocoa and cookie dispensers so that Santa and Jessie would not be hungry on their journey. Delivering billions of presents is hard work and Santa likes to have a treat on his journey.
A final elf waxed the runners on the sleigh making it easier for the reindeer to pull.
While the elves were working Santa put blankets and pillows in the back of the sleigh for Jessie and then checked that his magic sack was securely wedged into the back of the vehicle. He would take the presents from the magic sack and put them into his personal sack when going down the chimney on Christmas Eve.
Santa also checked that all of the gadgets and gizmos were working correctly and ready for the flight. When finished he slapped the side of the sleigh and called Jessie from her nap in the corner of the building. Santa reached down and petted the dog’s fur. “She’s all ready , girl. We’ll be safe and comfortable on our journey. Are you excited?”
Jessie’s tail pounded on the floor and she stood up and licked Santa’s cheek.
Santa laughed. “Me too, girl. Just think! Only a few more days and we’ll be on our journey.”
The countdown to Christmas is on and each and every day Santa has to make sure a task is checked off his list. All the work he has in December makes him very hungry and Molly has made special for Santa and the elves. Today she made a fresh batch of Cranberry Tarts for everyone. Her special recipe is below.
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 lb vegetable shortening
Mix flour, salt and vegetable shortening until crumbly. To a measuring cup add 1 egg and enough milk to make 1/2 cup. Pour wet mixture into flour mixture and combine. Chill for at least an hour.
3/4 cup cranberries
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tbsp flour
1/3 cup hot water.
Combine above in blender until mixture is smooth. Pour into prepared tart shells using the pastry recipe above. Bake in a 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for 20 minutes.