Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Elf Letters 2016: Night Twenty-One

For the last several years, Elves - with very interesting names - from the North Pole have come to visit our home beginning at midnight on the first day of December. They leave little trinkets for each of our daughters, but more importantly they leave a letter for them to read each morning. The great thing about the letters, that I've come to realize and appreciate, is that they each serve a purpose. They are not just quickly written notes on Post-its, but instead are filled with the importance of family, the real meaning of Christmas and a reminder of how special and beautiful (and fortunate) they each are. I look forward to their visits as much as the girls do.

December 21st 2016

GOOD morning, Girls and a Howdy Ho, Ho, Ho!

One more day of school and your Christmas VACATION begins! Movies, games, popcorn, hot chocolate, walks in the brisk winter air…oh, and course PRESENTS!  Andy Williams was right. It really IS the most WONDERFUL time of year!

We have some good things already PACKAGED for you that we KNOW you’ll love!

The FIRST day of practice went off without a HITCH…until Blizten’s hitch snapped and SENT him sailing off into the neighboring forest. Here’s something you need to know about REINDEER. They can fly by themselves for a little BIT, but it’s the strength of the team that makes them fly so LONG and so FAR. Blizten wasn’t ready for such an event otherwise he would’ve been able to fly back to the group and TRY again.

We had to stop everything to go look for him. Thankfully it didn’t take TOO long and he wasn’t hurt. WE actually were able to LAUGH about it. Other than that though, there were no problems…except on about the third or fourth practice launch there was a huge gust of wind. It blew dirt into all of the reindeer’s eyes. It would’ve been okay if they hadn’t left the ground, but it happened mid-FLIGHT. Blinded by the dust, they had no IDEA where they were going and ended up crashing into the ROOF of the barn. Let me tell you something, NINE reindeer crashing into a roof can cause a LOT of damage. But other than that, everything else was peachy. Until we realized something.

On one of the other launches, I think it was the eighty-fifth attempt, a package fell off the sleigh due the amount of THRUST  during takeoff. No big deal, right? Normally, no. But the package tore open. No BIG deal, right? Normally, no. But we discovered that what was in the package – a FIREY FLURRY Snowball Launcher 2000 – was not properly assembled. No big deal, right? Well, it happened to be a HUGE deal. We realized that all 17,854 Firey Flurry Snowball Launcher 2000s were NOT assembled properly. It took us  - all 4,985 elves – twenty-one hours to find all of the launchers and it will take ALL day today to fix them.

Never a dull moment up here.

We better skedaddle and booty scoot on out of here so we can get back up there and help out. Everybody has to do their part. That’s what teams do. That’s what FAMILIES do.
It was so good to be BACK in your home! I love it here. I was so excited when Santa called me into his office to let me know I’d be coming back. And that’s not IT! I get to come back at least ONE more time!

It sounds like you have your parties tomorrow. What fun! Don’t eat too much. We don’t want the Graybill girls having belly aches. We need you girls to be full of joy and HAPPINESS.

Have  a wonderful day and be sure to show grace, love and KINDNESS.

Merry Christmas!
We LOVE you!

Your Elves,

Cookie, Butter Nut and Honeycomb

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