Think Snow!

When I was in elementary school, there was a poem we read by Robert Frost.  I fell in love with the poem and soon learned it by heart! Since we are almost in the month of January when we will be having our “Snowflake Poem” contest, I thought I would post this poem to help inspire you!

Walking by the Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village though;

He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

 

My little horse must think it queer

To stop without a farmhouse near

Between the woods and frozen lake

The darkest evening of the year.

 

He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sound’s the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake.

 

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep

Proverbs Panda and Winter!

Christmas was over and everyone in Knowledge Forest was busy preparing for winter.  They did not want to be caught without warmth and food when the snows arrived.

Proverbs was busy building what he called his warm hut.  It was a smaller hut he built around the outside fire.  The hut had a little hole in the top for the smoke to go out but the heat to stay inside.  Proverbs built the hut every winter for the people who would still come out to Knowledge Forest.  It was a place to stop and get warm.

He would serve them warm tea or hot chocolate and biscuits with honey. Because he felt that when someone was cozy and their belly full, they listened better to his bible stories.  And, usually they did and would leave feeling happy!

Today, Jack and Sally came by after school to help build the hut.  They had never built a hut before and were excited to learn!  As they gathered the piled up straw and vines, from behind Proverb’s hut, Sally noticed a smaller third hut.

She asked, “Proverbs, what is that hut for?”

Proverbs smiled and explained, “That is my provisions hut.”

“Provisions?” Sally was confused.

“Provisions mean that I take the food I have harvested from my summer garden and store them in there.” He went on, “I also, put extra wood for the fire, water to drink, clothes and blankets, just in case I have needy visitors too.”

“Wow, so if we have a big blizzard or something, you will have everything you need!” Jack said.

“That is right!” Proverbs answered.

Proverbs gathered the children around to sit with him.  And told them about a Proverb from the great King Solomon, when he was trying to teach his own son a lesson.  Because his own son was a great procrastinator or he always put things off to do later.

King Solomon told his own son to “Go to the ant, consider her ways, and be wise.”

(Proverbs 6:6)  “With having no one to tell them.  They work hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.”  (Proverbs 6:7 – 6:8)

“So you see, if I had put things off or procrastinated like King Solomon’s son, I would be hungry and cold all winter.”  Proverbs said.

Jack whispered, “And so would the people who come to visit you.”

Proverbs smiled and lifted Jack and Sally to their feet, “Come on, we still have some work to do, before we can have our biscuits and tea!”

The Detective Kit Works!

When we last left our Detective Elves, they had found lots and lots of footprints in the snow.  Except these prints were weird because they had stars, moons, sunshines, and smiley faces on them.

Sam had already started climbing the snowy hill behind the workshop following the prints.

“Come on, you two, “he said as he waved his arms at Samantha and Max, “they go this way!”

Therefore, up the hill and through a patch of pine trees, the three of them plowed through the deep snow.  When they arrived at the top, all three fell over in the snow, exhausted from their climb.

Samantha sat up and put her finger to her lips.

“Shhh,” she whispered, “I think I hear someone laughing.”

Max started nodding his head up and down.  And Sam jumped to his feet, only to fall face down in the snow because Samantha grabbed his leg.  Sam rolled over to look up at a very red-faced Samantha stomping off toward an opening in the trees.

“Are you kidding me?” she was saying, “Why that old man won’t have a white whisker left when I get through with him!”

Max got up, pulled Sam up, and said, “We better hurry and catch Samantha.”

The two of them went running behind a very angry Samantha Elf.

“Santa!” Samantha was yelling, “Oh, Santa Claus!”

“Uh, oh.” said the bearded man while his reindeer started backing up behind him.

“Stop right there!” Samantha firmly said and pointed her finger at them.

Donner whispered to Rudolph, “We have been caught.”

“Well, hello Samantha.” Santa greeted his little elf as jolly as he could, hoping to make her smile. “Is that Max and Sam with you?”

Samantha was now face to face with Santa and said, “Do not change the subject.”

Sam walked up behind Samantha and asked, “Did you know they were borrowing the toys and playing with them?”

“No.” Samantha answered, “But I have caught these toy player bandits before and we came to an agreement.”

Samantha continued, “It went something like, after December 1, all toys in the “Go” room, stay in the “Go” room.”  “They can play with anything else outside of the “Go” room.”

Rudolph chimed in, “You mean test; we personally test the toys for the children, not play.”

Santa gave Rudolph a look that said he was not helping right now and needed to be quiet.  So, Rudolph quickly stepped back behind Donner and hid.  Now, Santa was digging the toe of his black boot in the snow.  They all knew the importance of the rules of the workshop and the “Go” room.  However, sometimes the boy in Santa took over his better judgment.

“Yes, I believe you are correct, Samantha.”  Santa agreed.  “There is a special reason why we borrowed the sled this time.”

”I am listening.” Samantha said.

Santa continued, “I bought the reindeer these new stamp boots that make stamps of stars, moons, sunshines, and smiley faces in the snow.” He lifted Comet‘s hoof to show Samantha. “The stamp part has special grippers to keep them from slipping and falling, while helping them to climb tough hills.”

Samantha could not help but grin at her Santa and nod her head.

“I understand everything.” She said.

“So, you took a sled, from the “Go” room, to ride down the hill and then have the reindeer pull it back up the hill, all for the sake of testing their new boots?” Samantha questioned.

“A few hundred test runs.” Rudolph giggled.

Sam walked over, put his arm around Samantha, and said, “At least we got to try out the new detective kit and we know it works!”

“Maybe now we can see how these new stamp boots work?” Sam winked at Santa.

“Wait a minute.”  Samantha stopped them and asked, “Do you still sign the bottom of the toys you have personally tested?”

Santa turned the sled over and written on the bottom was Personally Tested by Samantha’s Toy Player Bandits with a smiley face at the end.  They all began to laugh as Rudolph went flying down the hill on the sled!

So, if you get a toy with  Personally Tested by Samantha’s Toy Player Bandits  written on the bottom of it this year, you will not have your own mystery to solve.  You will already know that Santa and his reindeer were playing with your toy!

Sam, The Great Detective Elf, Part Two!

The “Go” room was a very special room at Santa’s North Pole workshop.  The walls were actually touchable computers which connected to every area of the world!  Samantha and Santa could double check the toys and where they were going instantly.

On Christmas Eve, the room magically changed.  The roof will lift off and the walls will slide down into the floors, and up will raise Santa’s sleigh filled with magic bags!  Then the reindeer will back into place in front of the sleigh while the elves double check their harnesses.  Once the countdown begins, Santa, the sleigh, the reindeer, and few helpful elves will rise into the night sky.

Sam and Samantha entered the “Go” room and went around pressing each computer, checking and double checking the toy count.  They were hoping for a simple counting error, no such luck.  The count was right and they were missing one red sled bound for the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina.

Sam stood there, thinking and thinking.  Then his face lit up and he said to Samantha, “You know we made extras of the new detective kits for the elves to play with after Christmas.”

“Snooper Always Gets His Man Detective Kit!” Samantha pulled her phone out of her pocket. “Max, please come to the “Go” room and bring me one of the elves’ Snooper Detective Kit.”

Max arrived in minutes with the Snooper kit under his arm.  It was a large kit made for a family to enjoy.  Max decided to stay and help them look for the lost sled.  Three elf brains are better than two, and anyway he wanted to be one of the first ones to play with the kit.

First they removed the three magnifying glasses, each taking one.  Sam suggested they all put on the gloves in the kit, so new fingerprints would not cover up the ones in the room.  And last, was the fingerprint kit itself.  With everyone at the North Pole, having their fingerprints on file since birth, it would be easy to tell if someone had been in the room.  Except, they only found Sam and Samantha’s fingerprints in the room.

Samantha, who had the largest magnifying glass, shouted in a squeaky voice, “Look!” she was pointing to the far, front corner, “Water on the floor.”

The three elves went over to investigate the water.  Sam decided the only way for the water to be there was from melted snow.  There were no water or plumbing pipes of any kind near the “Go” room.  The only water would be from the snow outside of the wall. So, someone had to let the wall down, but the wall can only go down on Christmas Eve.

Samantha, Sam, and Max left the “Go” room and put on their heavy coats, gloves, and winter boots.

“Come on.” Sam said, “We are close to solving this mystery.”

When they arrived at the outside wall of the “Go” room, all three were surprised at what they found, footprints!  But not just any footprints, a lot of prints and they were different shapes like stars and moons.

“There must be at least, one hundred footprints.”  Samantha said and then asked, “What do we do now?”

Stay tuned for Part 3 of Sam, The Great Detective Elf!

Sam, The Great Detective Elf!

Another summer had come and gone at the North Pole and everyone was busy working toward countdown.  December 1, was known as countdown, because that was the day everyone started counting until December 24.  Those twenty-four days were full of the checking, double checking, counting and loading Santa’s magic bags!

Toys, games, computers or anything else they were making for Santa to take to the children, had to be counted and matched to Santa’s big list.  Santa and his elves worked very hard to remember everyone in the world.  And each year this task was becoming harder and harder.

Sam was the head elf for toy checking and loading Santa’s magic bags.  One day, around the fifteenth of December, a frantic elf named Samantha come running up to Sam.  She knocked over Sam’s big board, where he wrote reminder notes, and fell right at his green elf feet!  Sam smiled at his youngest elf and helped to pick her up.

“Sam, Sam, Sam!” Samantha kept saying, “On, no!”

He was very calm as put his arm around her and said, “Now, now, slow down and tell me what is wrong”.

Samantha hung her head and a tear ran down her cheek as she said, “I have lost a red sled and we don’t have time to make anymore”.

“You lost it?” Sam asked.

Samantha, who was responsible for packing Santa’s magic bags and placing a green “Go” light on each one, never lost anything! She was always helping Mrs. Claus find things, like Santa’s warmest, wooly socks.  And when ever an elf lost his pointy hat, Samantha knew where to look.

“Yes, I had all of the sleds that were going to the Smokey Mountains in North Carolina, in the “Go“ room.”  She continued, “Then my last cup of hot chocolate hit me.”

Sam nodded and Samantha went on telling him that she had to go to the bathroom. So, she locked the door to the “Go” room and left.  When she returned, she decided to do one more count and that is when she found out she was missing one red sled.

“Come on.” Sam said. “We will go back together and count one more time.”

“Ok.” Samantha’s voice trembled.

Sam smiled at Samantha and said, “It will be all right.”

On the way to the “Go” room, they decided they would do everything Samantha did up to the time she discovered a sled was missing.  Sam and Samantha even checked with the North Pole locksmith to see if someone else might have a key to the “Go” room.  The elves were sad to find out they were the only two elves with keys.

Who would have gone to the “Go” room and removed the sled? Sam was in the main traffic room and Samantha was in the bathroom. Sam decided to call the “No Go” room to see if they got the sled.  Maybe Samantha thought she locked the door, and they found it open. Sometimes, the “No Go” room would get a report from a toy making room about a toy which needed to be fixed.  Perhaps someone realized a sled was missing a part or some paint and they tracked it down to the “Go” room.  That had to be the answer!

Only, the answer from the “No Go” room was no.  Sam quickly called all of the head elves to check if someone knew about the sled.  Once again, the answer was no.

As they stood before the “Go” room door, Sam smiled at Samantha and said, “Maybe you missed it when you were counting.”

“Before, I came to you, I counted and recounted and recounted.” Samantha sadly said back to Sam.

 

 In Part 2, we will find out what happened after Sam and Samantha went into the “Go” room.  Stay tuned!