Smile of the Day

Life is getting much too serious, yes? Who doesn't need a daily smile?




Monday, December 1

Stressed

One particular Christmas a very long time ago, Santa was once again getting ready for his annual trip; but this year there were problems everywhere.

Four of his elves got sick, and the trainee elves did not produce the toys as fast as the regular ones. Santa was beginning to fall behind schedule.

Mrs. Claus told him that her mother was coming to visit.

When he went to harness the reindeer, he found three of them were about to give birth and two had jumped the fence and were out, heaven knows where.

When he began to load the sleigh, one of the boards cracked, spilling all the toys into the snow. All the electronic toys were ruined.

Deep breath ... just take a break. Leaving everything just as it was for the moment, Santa went back into the house for a cup of coffee and a shot of whiskey. But when he opened the cupboard where he kept the liquor, he discovered nothing but an IOU note from the elves. Then the coffee pot slipped from his fingers, breaking into hundreds of little pieces all over the kitchen floor.

He went to get the broom. Mice had eaten the straw it was made from.

Just then, the doorbell rang. Santa opened the door, and there was a little angel with a great big smile and a great big Christmas tree. "Merry Christmas, Santa!" the little angel exclaimed. "Isn't it just a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Isn't it just a lovely tree? Where would you like me to stick it?"

Thus began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.

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