“Attention everyone! I have an announcement to make.” Santa clause commanded boldly as he walked into the main floor of his workshop.
He was beaming with pride and his big belly was shaking with every step. He was excited to announce what some of his best elves had been working on all year. It had been a top secret project. It was less than two weeks until Christmas and he was happy that they finished by the deadline. He was sure he’d bust his seams if he has to keep the secret in any longer. Santa frowned as he realized the the elves were still working busily getting all of the toys prepared for the well behaved children
“I said I have an announcement !” he said again a little louder. He was growing impatient at still very busy elves humming Christmas Carols as they worked.
“ATTENTION!” Ronny roared. “Santa SAID has an announcement to make!”
Everyone stopped in their tracks . Toy stations were abandoned, cookies were dropped and milk was spilled.
They knew not to mess with Ronny. He was Santa’s head Reindeer and had been with Santa the longest. Not to mention, he was the largest.
“Thank you Ronny.”
“Any time big guy. I mean er- Santa.”
“Now that I have you attention, I’m very pleased to announce what some of the elves have been working on all year .Follow me outside please.
“Finally!” they cheered in unison.
The hoard of elves and reindeer all followed Santa outside into the freshly fallen snow. The giant crimson curtain that no one dared looked behind was was about to be removed.
Behold! This is the Sleigh Jet 3000. It’s turbo powered and will deliver presents in half the time. ” Santa started.
A sea of “oohs and aahhs” rippled through the crowd.
” It can hold twice as many presents as a regular sleigh,” Santa continued
“That means more toys for all of the good little boys and girls!,” an elf exclaimed.
“Yeah, more work for us too, ” Grimy, the head elf, grunted under his breath.
“I heard that Grimy.” Santa shot him a cold glance.”
“Sorry Santa. I’m SO excited to work twice as hard!” he replied sarcastically.
“Last but not least,” Santa continued ignoring Grimy, “It doesn’t require reindeer power. They’ll be no more long hard journeys – especially for old Ronny here, “Santa, motioned.
Ronny’s smile quickly faded. He couldn’t believe his ears.
Santa walked over to Ronny and patted him on the back. “You deserve this break, pal.”
Ronny flashed Santa Clause a smile.
“Everyone follow me. Grimy here will show you all how it works,” Santa stated.
Ronny didn’t know quite how to react to the news. Since everyone was preoccupied, he took his chance to slip out of the crowd. Ronny’s best friend, Greg, and fellow reindeer noticed that Ronny was gone and decided to follow him back inside of the workshop.
“Hey buddy! Why are you in here by yourself? Don’t you wanna celebrate with others?” Greg asked jovially.
“I’m not in the mood to celebrate.”
“Don’t you understand what this means? We’re being demoted!” Ronny exclaimed
“Ahh, Ronny. Santa probably has new jobs for us.”
“You believe that if you wanna. But this time next year, we’ll be out of a job and a home.”
“But, Ronny!” Greg cut in.
“No BUTS! I’m still the head reindeer – for now at least. Gather the others and I’ll meet you all in the shed. We need to have a meeting.”
Greg did as he was told, despite not understanding. They looked puzzled as they waited for Ronny to enter to shed
“Aye we’re missing the Celebration. What’s this all about?” Teeny asked.
“Yeah! Couldn’t this wait until later?” Pepper chimed in .
“What do we even have to talk about? We’re off the hook for this year anyway.” Missy added.
“That’s’ exactly why I’ve gathered all of you here. Ronny announced.”
Missy lowered her head, embarrassed her older brother heard her go against him.
“I know all of you are excited about Santa’s new sleigh and why wouldn’t you be? It’s huge. It’s shiny. It’s fast right?”
“Yeah!” they shouted.
“Well, You all haven’t been here as long as I have. So I don’t expect you to understand what’s really going on here.”
“Ahh, Ronny what are you talking about?” Pepper asked
” Santa’s trying to phase us out! That’s what!” Ronny shouted
“Ronny you’re crazy.” Teeny exclaimed. Santa loves us -You more than anyone !”
“This isn’t about love. This is about efficiency. It’s all about business. Santa’s job is to deliver toys to the girls and boys. He’s going to do whatever to make it happen in the smoothest possible manner. Remember back a few years ago when the Elves were working on the Ipods? Santa didn’t think twice before he slowed production of CD players. You see how that worked out for them , don’t you? CDs have replaced coal lumps for the bad children.
“Hey Ron, You’re my brother and I love you, but you’re crazy. We’re not CDs okay. Greg, tell him he’s being ridiculous.” Missy stated flatly.
“Well now that I think about it , Greg began-.
“Oh great!” Missy exclaimed, “I should’ve asked someone with an actual opinion.”
“I do have opinions!”
“Oh please, you’d follow Ronny into a ditch if told you too.”
“Yeah, well at least I pull my own weight and don’t ride on the fact that I’m Ronny’s baby sister.”
“Ooh, If I had arms, I-” Missy began.
“Enough! Both of you! ” Ronny yelled
Greg and Missy stopped dead in their tracks too stunned to move.
“We don’t have time to argue! I need you all to help me break Santa’s sleigh.