The House Fairy and I recently took a trip up to the North Pole to visit Santa Claus and to see what is new stocking stuffer ideas Mrs. Claus has. She's in charge of that and she was very happy to show us her latest line of stuffers.
She starts each season with an empty shoebox for each child and by Christmas Eve the shoeboxes are filled with all the goodies she has collected for each child and the contents fit perfectly into the stockings Santa puts them in on Christmas morning. She explained this year all good boys and girls will receive gifts in their stockings which please each of the five senses. She told us her husband fills stockings for all ages, so her ideas range from those for small children to those for teenagers and even moms and dads who have been good.
Gifts for the ears:
Gifts for the nose:
Gifts for the eyes:
Gifts to touch:
Gift certificate for a massage
Gifts for taste:
Gift certificate to restaurant
The Popcorn Factory 1-888-216-0235
Harry and David 1-877-322-1200
Mrs. Sees Chocolates 1-800-347-7337
Mrs. Fields Cookies 1-800-266-5437
Mrs. Claus told us she wraps some of the gifts, but not all of them. “Wrapping slows down the sock gutting process and extends the length of anticipation which is a gift in itself." She also told me when Santa gives a gift certificate; he puts it inside a balloon, blows the balloon up about the size of a lemon and puts it in the sock. He uses balloons for other small stocking stuffers like jewelry and money. "Balloons help fill up the sock (there is something disappointing about a half-filled stocking) and it is fun for the sock gutter to have to pop the balloon to get the gift." The Christmas couple told us that filling stockings is one of the most creative parts of their job. They said it is fun to take the extra time to make the filled stocking one of the best parts of Christmas morning.
As I talked Mrs. Clause the Fairy and Santa slipped out of the Toy Shop and headed out to the reindeer barn. House Fairy is afraid of reindeer and every time she visits Santa, he tries to get her to make friends with them. All of a sudden I heard a gigantic swoooosh sound as dry leaves before a wild hurricane would sound like and to my wondering eyes appeared a sleigh in the sky pulled by nine reindeer and carrying Santa and the House Fairy. I came back home alone on Alaska Airlines knowing the House Fairy is busy working and playing with Santa this time of year.
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