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The Amber Amulet

Jessie lay on the couch and put her head on her stuffed dog.  She yawned, closed her eyes and began snoring. fuzzydog

“I’m surprised she didn’t fall asleep in the sleigh after our adventure.”  Santa rubbed his beard and reached for Molly’s hand.  “It’s good to be home, Molly. Our Christmas travels tire me out every year a bit more. “

“I know you and Jessie ran into some trouble this year but you didn’t actually say what the problem was.  What happened?”  Molly pulled her hand away and moved to the stove.  She filled two mugs with steaming hot chocolate and returned to the side chair.  Molly placed the mugs on the table and stroked the sleeping dog before sitting beside her husband.

“Here’s the story It happened in the middle of the night while we were making our deliveries.  We landed on the roof of a small home in Exeter, Ontario and I pulled out my sack.  I had a tuba in it to be delivered to Christy James.”  Santa took a sip of his cocoa and cleared his throat.

“I used my magic to start the descent through the chimney but something went wrong.  The tuba got stuck half way up the chimney with me under it!  I couldn’t go up or down. I tried reapplying my magic but it caused the tuba to grow bigger instead of smaller. “  Santa wiped his brow.  “I didn’t know what was happening.  In all my years as Santa Claus I’ve never had my magic fail me.”

Jessie stirred in her sleep and her feet began twitching as she whimpered.  Santa reached down and stroked the dog gently.  Jessie opened one eye and sighed before falling back asleep.

“I was wondering what to do when Jessie barked down the chimney.  I called for her to stop, as I didn’t want to wake Christy, but she was frantic and just kept barking.  Fortunately, the family were not light sleepers and didn’t wake. “

“ It was then that I knew I needed help.  I whistled to the wind and called Silver Wynter to come and help me.  Since she rules the magic of winter I knew she could get me out of the house and help me determine what had gone wrong.”  Santa took another sip of his cocoa and frowned.  “When Wynter arrived, she didn’t look like herself.  Instead of young with crystalline features she had aged several decades.  Her once silver locks were white and she had bags under her eyes.  She coughed uncontrollably as she blew into the house.  Since the source of my power comes from her magic I knew I was in trouble.”

“Silver’s immortal and has never been sick before.  When I asked her if she was all right she answered me in a weak voice.”

“Hello, Santa.  I’ve come at your request but I don’t know if I can help you.  Some evil magic has made me ill.  I’ve tried to determine the source but I haven’t been able to find it.  All I know is that the more joy you spread this evening the sicker I have become.  I feel nauseous.  I need to get out in the cold.”  Wynter slowly walked to the door and unbolted it.  She went out into the snow and sat in a snow bank.  Santa followed.

“I don’t know what is going on Santa but the closer I get to the presents the more tired I become.  Did you change your toy magic at all this year?”

“No, Wynter.  Nothing has changed for generations. “ Santa looked up on the roof.  Jessie was tied into the sleigh and was whining.  She had bumped against the toy sack and turned over the toys from the small town onto the roof.  Amid the trains, dolls, balls and games something glinted in the star light.  Santa frowned.  “I need to investigate something, Wynter.  Stay here.”

Santa walked over to the side of the house and pulled out a ladder that was leaning against the shed.  He leaned it against the house and climbed up to the roof.  He slid but rebalanced himself as he walked across the shingles.  Santa reached the toys and began sorting through the mess.  “Jessie, be quiet girl.  Everything will be okay.”

Santa picked up a toy spaceship.  It glimmered in the night but not like the object he had seen from the ground.  He shuffled around the rooftop dodging the deer looking for the shiny object.  He finally found it behind Blitzen’s hoof.  Santa reached down and picked up the glowing object.  He looked more closely.  It was an amber amulet with inscriptions on the backside of the necklace.  Santa read the inscription and turned red with anger.  The amulet was designed to feed off the energy and goodwill he had generated that evening.  With one of Silver’s strands of hair embedded in the amber, the inscription was a magic spell designed to destroy her.

Santa looked down at Silver below him.  She had collapsed in the snow bank.  He  had to do something.  If, he thought, he destroyed the amulet maybe it would destroy the evil magic with it.  Santa placed the amulet on the roof and stomped down on it with his big, heavy boots.  He stomped and stomped until there was only dust left lying on the shingles.  He slipped and sat down with a thud on the edge.  The soft snow that had been falling whirled in a torrent surrounding Silver in a blizzard.  It lasted for a couple of minutes before the snow came to rest on the ground.

Silver sat up.  Although her face was still grey the sparkle had returned to her eyes and her voice was strong and pure.  “You’ve done it, Santa.  You’ve saved me.  Thank-you my friend.”

“It’s my pleasure, Silver.  But someone wanted you gone.  There was an evil talisman planted in my sleigh designed to take both of our magics away.  I intend to find out who tried to destroy us.  But for now I have to finish delivering the presents.  Will you be all right?”  Santa reached up and wiggled his ear.  The presents flew up in the air and one by one flew into his magic sack.  He looked down the chimney and waved his fingers sending the tuba under the tree.

“I’ll be fine.  I just need to rest.  I’ll help you hunt down the person that did this when I feel better.  Safe journeys my friend.”

In a puff of snow Silver disappeared into the night sky leaving Santa and Jessie alone.

“Let’s go girl.  We have many more stops to make before we can return home and sleep.”  Santa jumped into the sleigh and steered the reindeer in the direction of the next house.  For tonight he would forget about the amulet but after the holidays he would investigate.

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August 24th – Lime Cookies for Jack Frost

Jack was taken to the hospital after collapsing at the manufacturing facility.  He was exhausted and his doctor kept him in the hospital overnight to make sure he was really okay.

The next morning Santa and Jessie went to visit.  They delivered a batch of Molly’s Lime Cookies and were pleased to see that Jack was up and dancing to the music on the radio.

Lime Cookies are Jack’s favorite and he was pleased to get the recipe with his treat. He immediately stopped his jig and dug into the cookies.

The recipe is below.

3/4 cup melted butter

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Lime Cookies (also available on purelyhomespun.com)

1 cup white sugar

1/2 can frozen lime concentrate

1 beaten egg

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

2 cups flour

1 cup pecans

Mix butter, sugar, lime concentrate and beaten egg together.  Mix dry ingredients together and then blend into wet ingredients.  Chill batter until the mixture stiffens up and then spoon mixture by spoonfuls onto a baking sheet.   Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 12-14 minutes or until golden.

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August 15th – More little known facts about Christmas at the North Pole

  1. The elves are given a one month vacation on a private  island after Christmas.  They sun bathe, swim and play in the sand.

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    Christmas at the North Pole
  2. Santa stays at the North Pole in January and works with architects, carpenters, painters, artist and toy makers to plan the lines for next years toys.
  3. Molly Claus is in charge of planning the candy and sweets for next year.  She works many hours in her kitchen dreaming up unique recipes for next years stockings.
  4. The reindeer sleep for several days after Christmas Eve. Dasher snores loud enough that you can hear him at the Claus house.
  5. Each Santa throughout history has either had a painting or a photograph taken just before take off on Christmas Eve.  this year Molly plans to use her new digital camera to take a picture of Santa and Jessie beside the reindeer.
  6. Santa takes one last look at his list minutes before take off.  He doesn’t want to miss any children on his trip around the world.
  7. Santa and Jessie stop on each of the continents for a rest on Christmas Eve.  For example, in Australia Santa goes for a swim while Jessie nestles in the warm sand and in Africa the pair watch elephants and giraffes wander.
  8. Molly has planned a new line of dog toys that she plans to send with Santa on his trip.  Her favorite toy is a squeaky frog that ribbits when its tummy is chewed.
  9. Santa monitors the toys that break in the first month after Christmas.  If he finds any line that is defective he arranges for a fixed version of the toy to appear in each child’s home.
  10. Santa’s boots are worn through by the time he returns home on Christmas Eve.  He has to employ the shoemaker to make him another pair for the next year.
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August 14th – Little known facts about Christmas at the North Pole

  1. The elves decorate a giant metal tree with oranges, apples, nuts and bird seed each year.  The tree is put up in a  different location around the world and the food is adapted to the local wildlife.  At midnight on Christmas Eve the food is made available to the animals.

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    Facts about a North Pole Christmas
  2. Cocoa and peppermint is served at breaks on Christmas Eve. Santa provides unlimited refreshments to his workers free.
  3. The elves sleep in on Christmas Day and then have a huge party on Boxing Day.  Boxing Day is the day that they exchange gifts among themselves.
  4. A bright star is hung at the highest point of the financial tower during the holiday season.
  5. Angels visit Santa before his trip to bless his journey and offer prayers over the children he will be visiting.
  6. Molly is in charge of Santa’s on board computer on Christmas Eve.  The computer helps with directions and managing the loads and loads of toys Santa and the reindeer must pick up from his drop off locations.
  7. On Christmas Eve day Santa has a parade for the elves to thank them for their contributions over the year.  He always gives a rousing speech to them and he has been known to burst into tears.
  8. There is one elf whose only job is to keep track of Santa’s glasses. He travels with Santa on the sleigh and retrieves them every time Santa puts the glasses down.
  9. Claus Park has a giant gingerbread and candy castle that is built during December.  Santa hosts a party for some of his magical friends two days before Christmas to gather information .  For example,  Jack Frost always predicted the weather and a peace magician named Frank gave him information on safe fly zones.
  10. Jessie has managed to break 15 cocoa machines. The sugar cookies are always near the machines and  her tail pounded on the table legs one day and the machines toppled onto the floor. Ever since the elves have strapped the machines to sturdier tables to prevent the problem from happening again.
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