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!

Proverbs and The Christmas Play

Proverbs kept his promise and came to Jack, Sally, and David’s school Christmas play.  He came early enough to get a seat in the very front row.  Proverbs could hear the excited children behind the curtain and their last-minute instructions.

Then the curtain opened and the play began.  An Angel had come to tell Mary she was going to have a child.  The next part showed Mary and Joseph traveling on a donkey to Jerusalem.  They soon found out there was nowhere to sleep, but an Innkeeper told them they could stay in his barn. Now, in the far corner of the stage a bright light came on and you saw shepherds watching their sheep.  And an Angel appeared to the shepherds to announce the good news! This was Proverbs favorite part!

“Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy. It is for all of the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you.  He is Christ the Lord.  Here is how you will know that I am telling you the truth. You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.”

Then out from behind the curtain came the patter of little angel feet and the stage was flooded with angels and tinsel halos. They said…

“May glory be given to God in the highest heaven! And may peace be given to those He is pleased with on earth!”

“Amen,” Proverbs said to himself.

The bright light went off and another one came on in the opposite corner of the stage.  Proverbs could see Mary, Joseph and the manger with baby Jesus.  The animals were all around watching this miracle of miracles, even the cow was there.  Everything had gone so smoothly, with no one forgetting their words they had to say and standing at the right places on the stage.  Well, until the Wise Men came onto the stage.  One of the Wise Men accidentally kicked the manger where baby Jesus lay, or actually a baby doll.  As the manger started to tip over and spill everything onto the stage, a smart cow stuck his hoof under it!

“Whew, that was close. ” Proverbs thought to himself.

Proverbs silently gave David the thumbs up sign and a very big smile.  If David had not been paying attention, instead of a very serious moment in the play, it could have become a very silly moment.  So, David had taken Proverbs advice on how important every role or job is, even if it appears to be unimportant.  Being the cow and paying attention was very important tonight!

After the play ended, Proverbs went and gave each one a big hug.  Along with a speech on how proud he was of them.

Sally grinned and said, “I tried to be the twinkliest star in the sky, for baby Jesus!”.  She went on, “Boy, David sure saved the day.”

“Yeah,” Jack said seriously, “It would have been terrible if baby Jesus went rolling off the stage into the audience.”

David was looking down and digging his tennis shoe toe into the floor.

“I was lucky,” he said.

“No,” Proverbs lifted David’s chin up and replied, “You were doing your best and because of that, you saved the day!”

Proverbs noticed David’s face turning a little red and did not want to praise him too much.  It was a good deed, that was well done.

“Guess what I brought for everyone to have in the school’s cafeteria?’ Proverbs asked.

“Your shortbread cookies and hot chocolate?” Sally asked.

“Yes!”  Proverbs answered.  And he put his big panda arms around the children as they walked into the cafeteria.

I Corinthians 10:31  “So eat and drink and do everything else for the glory of God.”

Monday, Monday

Monday is the first day of the week for some and the second day of the week for others.

Monday is the day you go back to school,  after having a two-day weekend break from school.

Monday used to be called “Blue Monday” because it was the day when people would wash their clothes.  The “Blue” comes from something they put in the laundry called bluing to keep the clothes from becoming gray.

Holidays celebrated on Mondays are Labor Day, Memorial Day, President’s Day, Columbus Day, and Veteran’s Day.

Monday’s name comes from the word moon.  So it could be MoonDay!

Wouldn’t that be so much fun, if we said MoonDay instead of Monday?

Below is a coloring page.  Left click, copy, and paste to your computer.  Don’t forget to draw a picture of yourself celebrating MOONDAY!

God’s Lots of Laughs Friday!

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When you laugh, does your belly shake?

Don’t know?

Well, give it a try and laugh!

Now does you belly shake?

Really?

Very Interesting…

Today is God’s Lots of Laughs Friday and that means we have to learn to be like King David. In Psalm 9:2, David says, “I’m whistling, laughing, and jumping for joy; I ‘m singing your song, High God.”

 SO…

LAUGH!

WHISTLE!

JUMP FOR JOY!

HAPPY GOD’S LOTS OF LAUGHS FRIDAY! OR GLOLF!