Santa’s Birthday Gift Part One


Mrs. Claus was walking towards her office door with a cup of milk in her hand. She put the key into the lock to her office. She then walked into her office. Every elf could set their watches by Mrs. Claus. She always entered her office at 8:45 AM exactly. She then sat down behind her desk, grabbed a piece of paper and a quill to start creating a new cookie recipe, when she looked up at the corner of her desk at the calendar. There was a date that was circled in red ink, it was Santa’s birthday. She wanted to do something special for him and she knew she would have to go to the village to get it done, because Santa would find out somehow, as he always did.  What to do? She sat back into her high back chair and put the quill that she was holding on to and started to tap her bottom lip. She then turned her chair around to look at a map on the wall to see where the closest city was to the North Pole. A smile came across her face as she was looking at Edmonton Alberta, Canada, to be exact, they have a very large mall and Santa will never know she was gone and she would be back in a flash.

Mrs. Claus picked up the telephone receiver off her desk and she called the weather office to find out what the weather was going to be like in western Canada. It did not take long and as short as 3 rings on the phone, someone answered it. Calvin, the meteorologist on shift, was checking the radar when the phone started to ring, Calvin picked up the phone and said, “Hello, North Pole weather office, how can I help you?”  there was a pause on the phone, then Calvin said,” Why hello Mrs. Claus, how can I help you today?”   Mrs. Claus then asked,” How is the weather for western Canada?” Calvin asked Mrs. Claus where about in western Canada are you looking at? Mrs. Claus did not want to say because then Calvin would file the request in his log. Mrs. Claus then said, “Alberta Canada Calvin.”

Calvin then typed the request into his computer and a few seconds later the report was printed. Calvin read the report over the phone to Mrs. Claus. Calvin then asked, “Would you like me to email the report to you?” Mrs. Claus said,” Yes Calvin and thank you”, and in a matter of a few seconds the email was received.

Mrs. Claus then called the reindeer barn to have her sled made ready for a flight and she wanted Penny and Taz to take her on a training flight, as she called it, or a practice flight for her and she would be leaving within the hour. Mrs. Claus headed back to the castle to go and get her flying clothes on, it may be cold at 200 feet. This will be a first for all three of them flying that high, that was the max altitude that the reindeer could fly at and that was one of Santa most important rules that could never be broken.

Mrs.  Claus was all ready to go for her flight, she was dressed nice and warm because it will be cold in October, and she also knew that there was still a chance of one or two winter storms in the area. Well it was off to the garage which was located at the back of the castle, to get the snow Cat.

Mrs. Claus loved to drive the Snow cat because it was nice and big as well it had a heater inside of it. The big machine started up nice and easy and off Mrs. Claus went. It did not take her long to get to the reindeer barn, and the elves had Penny and Taz all ready for flight. Mrs. Claus walked over and reached into her purse and gave each one of them a carrot. Kelly, the elf, came up to Mrs. Claus to asked her.” How long of a flight is this going to be Mrs. Claus?”

Mrs. Claus then said, “We are going for a test flight with my two reindeer, we will be gone for a couple of hours, and I will be flying near and around Arctic Bay and I might do some shopping.” Kelly the elf wrote all the information down because he had to keep track of all of the hours of all of Santa’s reindeer. Kelly then said,” Thank you Mrs. Claus and have a great flight.” Mrs. Claus then climbed into her sled and was making herself comfortable. As she was about to grab the reins she noticed something new in her sled. She then looked over at Kelly and asked,” What is that?” pointing down towards the black box.  Kelly replied to Mrs. Claus,” It is a two way radio. Santa had it put in for your safety.”         Mrs. Claus then thanked Kelly. As she grabbed the reins to Penny and Taz  both reindeer looked back at Mrs. Claus when she realized she would need some help with this flight. She waved at Kelly and asked him, “do you have a spare elf that can come and help me?”  Kelly looked into the barn and called over Wally. Mrs. Claus looked at her wrist watch that Santa gave to her one Christmas, it was 10:45 am.

Wally then walked over to see what Kelly wanted. Then Kelly told him that Mrs. Claus needed his help and you know both Penny and Taz the best. Well Wally jumped from where he was standing and into the sleigh. Kelly and Mrs. Claus looked at Wally. Kelly then said,” Wally you may want to go and get some warmer clothes on, its going to be a long cold test flight.” Within a dash of a heart beat Wally was back and dressed nice and warm. Mrs. Claus grabbed the reins and said to Penny and Taz as both reindeer looked back at her “on Penny on Taz up,  up and away “and she snapped the reins and the four were off like the wind and headed away from Christmas town, so Santa would not see Mrs. Claus leaving.  As the sleigh was flying out of sight, Penny and Taz were having fun pulling Mrs. Claus’s Sleigh and to them it was good practice for when they could fly with Santa.

Wally looked at Mrs. Claus then asked,” Where are we going Mrs. C?” Mrs. Claus looked over at Wally then said, “We are going to be going to Edmonton, Alberta Canada to get Santa a birthday present.” Wally looked up at Mrs. Claus with a funny look on his face. Mrs. Claus then said to Wally, “ If I have Santa’s gift made at the North Pole he will know what I’m getting him, so this year, I’m going to go to the city and pick something out for that reason. I asked for you to come and help me, I need someone that knows Penny and Taz really well.  I also need you to stay with them so I have a way to get home.”

This put a smile on Wally’s face, as he had never left the North Pole. Mrs. Claus then handed the reins over to Wally. Mrs. Claus then reached into her purse and pulled out her cell phone .She was going to call an old friend and see if she would like to help her get a Birthday gift for Santa and then they could  go for a tall glass of milk.

Aunty Joe was cleaning her house when she heard the phone ringing. She put her dust cloth into her back pocket, then headed for the phone that was next to the couch . Aunty Joe then picked up the receiver and said,” Hello?” there was a whistling sound coming from the phone and Aunty Joe knew it was someone from the North Pole calling her. Aunty Joe then again said “Hello?” then there was a woman voice on the other end saying,” Hello Aunty Joe, Mrs. Claus here, I’m on my way into the city to get Santa a birthday gift, we will be arriving at six Pm at the landing field, is there a place we can hide my friends?”  Aunty Joe then replied “Yes just look for smoke near the landing field, you will need to land in my alley then we can put your special friends in my garage until its time to leave. How many friends do you have Mrs. C?” Mrs. Claus then responded,” We have two pullers and one guest. “Fort McMurray, Alberta. We should be at your location in about one hour, “the time was now 5:30 pm. Aunty Joe looked out her window to see the sun was still out and it will not be setting till 630 Pm.”

The sun was starting to set in the west, the sleigh was now flying over Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. Mrs. Claus then handed the reins back to Wally and she then grabbed her cell phone and called Aunty Joe to let her know where she was.  Aunty Joe then told Mrs. Claus that she will need to slow the sleigh down a bit   so they can arrive here after dark.” That was one of Santa’s rules when they had to go to the city.

Then all of a sudden, the radio in the sled sounded and it was a male voice on the other end. It was Santa looking for Mrs. Claus. It took him all day to find out that she was out flying around the north on a test flight and she was now in Canada. Santa then said,” North Pole to little sled come back.” There was a long pause as Mrs. Claus and Wally tried to answer Santa.

But it was not working properly for some reason. Then Mrs. Claus cell phone rang and it had a picture of Santa on the screen. Mrs. Claus then answered the phone,” Oh Hi dear how are you doing and why are you calling me?” There was a pause then Santa replied, “My Dear, why are you off your planned flight course?” There was a very long pause on the phone, then Santa said, “Hello are you there my Dear?” the phone went dead, no signal, or did Mrs. Claus shut her phone off? The sleigh was not far from the landing site now.

The pair were now in the city and approaching the landing site when Mrs. Claus phone was ringing again, this time it was Aunty Joe.  Mrs. Claus answered the phone and Aunty Joe then asked,” where about are you?” Mrs. Claus replied, “We are just about to pass over the landing site now.”

Aunty Joe was at the landing site with her flash light on waving it back and forth, then in the sky a set of lights came on and then off a few times as the sleigh with the team of two reindeer approached the landing strip, the lights then stayed on and the sleigh made a perfect landing. Once the sleigh had stopped, Mrs. Claus then shut the lights off. Wally looked to the West and the sun was starting to set.

Wally jumped out of the sleigh and headed for Penny and Taz to see how they were doing, for young reindeer they did great Wally thought. Well, it is time to drive the sleigh on the ground to Aunty Joes garage where Aunty Joe had a surprise for the flight crew. As the young reindeer pulled the sleigh through the deep snow onto the street it was not far to their hiding spot in the garage. Aunty Joe and Mrs. Claus walked in front of the sleigh as Wally was holding onto Penny’s harness. Aunty Joe asked Mrs. Claus, “Where are the bells for your reindeer?”  Mrs. Claus bent down a bit and whisper into Aunty Joe’s ear, “they are not ready for jingle bells, that is only for Santa’s team.” Aunty Joe then said, “Oh”. As the group headed up the alley that lead into Aunty Joes Garage Aunty Joe went through the back gate that was attached to the garage. After she closed the gate it did not take long for the big door to open and there were some fresh bales of hay on the floor also a cot for Wally to sleep on next to Penny and Taz. The two-tired reindeer walked into the garage and Wally and the girls unhooked the sleigh and pushed it into the garage next to the hay, it did not take long for Penny and Taz to go to sleep in the nice fresh hay, Wally was very tired as well, he crawled into the cot and fell fast sleep. Aunty Joe shut the lights off Mrs. Claus left as Aunty Joe closed the garage side door. Mrs. Claus and Aunty Joe went into the house

As they walked through the back-door Aunty Joe had a message for Mrs. Claus and it was from Santa,

Santa was pacing in his office, he wanted to know why Mrs. Claus did not file a proper flight plan and he was worried that there was still a chance she could get caught in a fall storm on her way back to the North Pole. There was a knock-on Santa’s office door. Santa then said, “Come on in” in a semi happy voice. The door slowly opened and Kelly the flight operation manager came into Santa’s office. Santa was sitting behind his desk; Santa looked over his glasses as Kelly entered. Santa said, “Have a Seat Kelly, I have some questions about this morning and Mrs. Claus flight plan.” Kelly was standing in front of Santa’s desk. Santa then said again,” Have a Seat Kelly, there’s a few things that we need to talk about.” Kelly sat down in the chair that was right behind him and opened the log books for the day. Then started to discuss the two reindeer that Mrs. Claus has, Penny and Taz. As Kelly was explaining how much flight time both of the young reindeer had, Santa was sitting back in his chair, just listening to the details that were being presented to him. Santa, then asked,” okay Kelly, can you explain to me why Mrs. Claus radio is not working?” Kelly then replied,” that radio was tested before it left the barn, I do not know why it is not working now?” Santa then said, “Okay, when that radio gets back. I want it tested and retested to make sure it works perfectly, and I know you and the boys and girls will do a bang-up job.”

Aunty Joe and Mrs. Claus were just leaving the mall and Mrs. Claus had a lot of lovely gifts for Santa and it was almost time to head back to the North Pole. Mrs. Claus knew that leaving at this hour, would be dangerous, but she looked up into the sky and it was clear. Aunty Joe then said, “It’s okay for you and Wally to stay the night and leave really early in the morning, before the city wakes up. Mrs. Claus thought about it for a moment, and then declined Aunty Joe’s invitation, because she thought she was inconveniencing Aunty Joe’s daily routine. Mrs. Claus was in a hurry to get back to the North Pole because Santa would be worried about her.

Well, both girls jumped into Aunty Joe’s car and it would not be long before they were back at the house. Wally was busy checking on the young reindeer to see how they were doing in the fresh hay. Wally then went and got both of them a pail of water to drink.  As he was filling up the pails of water, he heard an engine being turned off and the voice of Mrs. Claus, laughing at one of Aunty Joe’s jokes. Wally greeted the ladies and helped Mrs. Claus with her packages and loaded them into the back of the sleigh. Wally then asked Mrs. Claus,” Mrs. C  I was wondering if we can get the radio fixed before we leave?” Mrs. Claus looked at Wally, then back at Aunty Joe. Mrs. Claus then asked Aunty Joe if she knew of any one that could fix our two-way radio. Well both ladies went back into the house to look up someone that can fix a radio and do house calls on a Friday night, if not Mrs. Claus will have to go on her flight before daybreak.

Back at the North Pole in Santa’s office, Santa called the weather office. As the phone was ringing, Calvin was just updating the weather for the next 24 hours.  Calvin picked up the phone on the third ring and said,” North Pole Weather Office Calvin here.”  There was a strong male’s voice on the other end of the receiver. Then Calvin realized it was Santa on the other end. “Hi Calvin, I would like to get all the weather reports for Alberta Canada every hour on the hour until Mrs. Claus is back home.” Calvin then said, “Yes Sir, every hour on the hour, Sir!” Santa then said, “Thank you Calvin.”

Back at Aunty Joes house the girls were calling everyone they could find to come out and fix the radio. Well they found someone and he was happy to come out and fix the radio. Sparks of Voice Relay Radio Repair would be over in an hour. It did not take Sparks long to get to Aunty Joes home and Sparks brought a few radios just in case that one needed to be swapped out. The ladies met Sparks who said, “Hello Ladies I hear you have a bad radio? “Aunty Joe then said,” Yes we do and we need it fixed before tonight because my friend has to leave in a few hours, she has to get back home.” Sparks then said, “Ok Ladies can you showed me where the radio is?” Well the three headed out the back door towards the garage. Aunty Joe opened the side door for Sparks. When he saw the sleigh, he thought someone was playing a joke on him. He did not see Penny and Taz on the other side of the sleigh sleeping in the hay. Sparks looked back at Mrs. Claus and then Aunty Joe, then he looked at that sleigh one more time. He noticed the antenna on the back of the sleigh. Sparks put his right hand on his forehead and slowly walked toward the White Sleigh to see a two-way radio mounted on the dash of the sleigh.  Then suddenly Wally jump up and scared Sparks. Then Sparks said, “Hold on here, why is a radio in the sleigh?” and who are you people?” Sparks looked down to see a licence plate that said Santa Sleigh 2.  Sparks then looked up and asked, “Who is the owner of this sleigh? Wally then said, “it’s my Sleigh sir I was taking it out for a test flight for her new owner, Mrs. K Claus, and I was blown off course and I called my friends and they came out to help me.” Sparks did not for one second believe this story and he kept looking at the ladies and wondering. Well sparks said,” I better get your radio working.” As he climbed into the sleigh, both Taz and Penny stood up to see what was going on.  Sparks looked up to see Taz face to face.  Sparks then jumped out of the sleigh as good as Santa does when he is working on Christmas Eve and both of the girls started to laugh slightly.

Well, Sparks climbed back in to the sleigh to see what was wrong with the radio and he was checking the cables to the radio where he found a loose power line from the battery. It only took a minute to fix. At that moment a red light turned on in the sleigh, as well at the tracking centre back at the North Pole for Santa flight around the world. Well Kelly had the same system put into Mrs. Claus sleigh.  Sparks looked at the radio to see power was going into the radio, he then grabbed the microphone and pressed it in, then said,” Testing 1, 2, 3, Testing. “Sparks expected no one to answer his call. A voice came back and said,” North Pole Tower go ahead, Mrs. Claus over.” Sparks dropped the microphone and it hit the padded seat. Sparks just looked at it. Mrs. Claus then said,” How much do I owe you sir?”  Sparks then said, “you don’t owe me anything Mrs. Claus.”  Mrs. Claus then thanked Sparks for all of his help in getting her sleigh ready for the journey home. Mrs. Claus then waved at Wally to get the reindeer hooked up and it was dark enough now for us to leave.

It did not take Wally long to hook up Taz and Penny to their harnesses.   Wally then had them hooked to the sleigh and the reindeer pulled the sleigh out of the garage. Wally then lined them up in the ally  as Mrs. Claus shook Sparks hand and gave Aunty Joe a hug and said ,”Good Bye.”  Penny and Taz were already for flight. Mrs. Claus walked over and reached into her purse and gave each of them an apple slice. She then climbed into the white sleigh. Mrs. Claus grabbed the reins and said to Penny and Taz as both reindeer looked back at her” on Penny, on Taz, up up and away” and she snapped the reins and the four were off like the wind. Aunty Joe and Sparks just watched the white sleigh fly out of sight into the clouds over the city. Aunty Joe then looked up at Sparks and said,” How would you like a cup of Milk and a chocolate chip cookie? I heard they were Santa’s favorite cookies to eat.”

Back at the North Pole, the Red dot that was on the world map was slowly moving towards the North Pole. It was heading towards Fort Murray, Alberta, Canada.  Jennifer was at her desk and she picked up her phone and called Santa’s office to let him know that Mrs. Claus was on her way back home. Santa put the telephone receiver down and decided to head over to the tracking centre so he could talk to Mrs. Claus on the radio and also keep an eye on her flight path.

A few minutes later Santa enter the tracking centre, there were 15 elves working 8 hour shifts around the clock making sure no one finds the North Pole and Santa’s Work Shop. Santa, then walked over to the counter and grabbed a paper cup, went to the refrigerator, opened the door, then grabbed the milk jug and poured himself a milk. He also looked down at the counter to find some chocolate chip cookies, so he took one and turned to look at the big screen on the wall that was showing Mrs. Claus sleigh slowly making its way back home. The red dot on the world map was making its way to the North Pole. The winds had started to pick up, which made Mrs. Claus sled start to bounce up and down in the wind. Penny and Taz were having just a little bit of trouble navigating through the wind and snow flying around.

The door to the tracking center opened and Calvin, the head meteorologist, came running in with a piece of paper in his hand waving it over his head. He stopped and looked-for Santa, who was standing near the milk jug taking a sip of his Milk. Calvin then ran over to Santa to give him the latest weather report and it did not look good for Western Canada and the Northwest Territories. Calvin was out of breath because his office was on the other side of Christmas town. Calvin then said,” Santa! Santa!” Then the speaker came to life in the tracking center room. It was Mrs. Claus voice,” MAYDAY…MAYDAY” then there was a pause, “We are going down. I repeat Mayday!” Mrs. Claus was still holding the button in on the microphone very tight, when Wally was heard saying over the microphone,” Mrs. C we’re going down!” Then there was a pause for a second, a woman’s scream was heard and the words that came through the speaker was SAN…. Then the only sounds coming from the speaker’s in the control center was a cracking sound for a few seconds then they fell silent.

From Santa’s White Christmas
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