Have you or your children ever had the urge to ask a Christmas Elf all those burning questions you have about Father Christmas and what happens in the North Pole leading up to the big delivery on Christmas Eve? Well, this is exactly what we did …
Read this exclusive interview with Hector, one of Santa’s favourite helpers (he has at least 216,952,487 of them!) and then impress your littles ones (and the rest of your family!) with all your North Pole knowledge! And when they ask how you know all this stuff? Simply say you have a Top-Secret Connection with International Elf Service – the Official North Pole Post Office! …
1. Hello and welcome to 11 Questions. Can you tell me a little bit about yourElf?
My name is Hector and I’m quite a young Elf. My favourite colour is Glitter and I love decorating (well … mostly eating!) Gingerbread Houses. I’m also one of the best Icicle Carvers in the North Pole Village (though I say so myself!).
2. Well Happy Birthday Hector! We heard you had some very exciting news. What is it?
Ah yes … I’ve been working in the Christmas Wrapping Department for 3⅝ years, but now that I’m a Gold Star Expert in Oddly-Shaped Presents, it’s finally time to get some experience somewhere else. So I’m extremely excited to become an Assistant Reindeer Keeper this year.
3. What’s your favourite job so far?
Hmmm. I love it all, so that’s a hard question to answer. But probably the best thing for me is training up our youngest Reindeer – Silky – and teaching her how to fly. I’ve got a great trick to get her to practise her take-offs – I throw one of her favourite cranberries up in the air to see how high she can jump. So far, she’s managed to reach the top bauble on the Christmas Tree. Unfortunately, her friends Nosy the rabbit and Percy the mouse (when he’s not hiding in Father Christmas’ beard, of course) have also been trying to launch themselves off the workbenches in the Elves’ Workshop. It’s a good thing they’ve put a pile of Extra-Large Marshmallows on the ground – their landings are definitely of the “crash” variety!
4. And your least favourite?
That’s easy. It’s the after breakfast clear-up in Cranberry Cabin whenever Brian the Chef asks me to help him clean out the porridge pipes. They’re so incredibly sticky! And, if you ever hear a loud rumble followed by a very suspicious gurgling noise (louder than Father Christmas’ stomach after too many mince pies) you have to remember to duck quickly if you don’t want a load of stodge in your hair!
5. What do you do to relax?
Elves don’t have time to relax! Whenever we’re not pressie-making, we have other jobs to do, like putting the jokes, BANG!s and Christmas Magic
in the Christmas Crackers, helping Father Christmas with his chimney practice, going to Emergency Pyjama Meetings, fluffing up all our slippers while we warm up by the fire, preparing HUMUNGOUS batches of delicious Peppermint Bark and, of course, writing personalised letters to children! Basically, we’re always busy! But my favourite thing EVER is polishing The Sleigh until it sparkles!
6. Speaking of which, how big is The Sleigh?
Well nobody knows. It’s one of Father Christmas’ Top-Secret Secrets. I mean, I know it looks fairly normal, but I reckon it must be at least 83,592 metres long to fit in the gazillions of children’s stocking pressies, mustn’t it?
7. So how does it fit in the Sleigh Shed?
By magic, of course! The Sleigh Shed definitely smaller on the outside than it is on the inside. Nothing’s quite as it seems in the North Pole, that’s for sure!
8. OK – now for a few quick-fire random questions … What must Elves avoid at all costs?
Never use Old Magic Dust for anything! It causes all sorts of disasters! And we’ve had quite a few recently. In fact, even though it’s hidden in a Top-Secret spot, Marty always seems to get hold of some of it to help power his crazy inventions. And EVERY year, his not-so-brilliant idea goes totally wrong and we’re all left in a terrible mess. One time, his Supersonic Snowball Blaster actually melted all the snow in the North Pole and everything turned totally horrid and brown! Mind you, if it hadn’t, we wouldn’t have found Grandpa Elf’s old telephone AND the High Wizards from Roots of Fantastical Matters wouldn’t have come to visit. It was all so VERY exciting! But it doesn’t usually end up that way, and, more often than not, we all end up in a total pickle. Lily keeps telling him off, but he never listens. I really hope he remembers this year!
9. Is that all?
Never trust the North Pole labels … the printing machine keeps going doolally-bonkers, putting the wrong stickers on everything so the Elves at the Delivery Shed are always getting mixed up! Last year, Bubbles from Soap-Sud Cabin washed all our new pyjamas in dried Reindeer poo instead of Pine Fresh Softener and it was extremely pongy around here!
10. That sounds horrible! What’s the dried Reindeer poo for?
What? You don’t know? We use it to power our Tumble Dryers. I thought everyone did that! Here at the North Pole, we try to recycle everything whenever we can. We’re all very Elf-conscious about being eco-friendly and looking after the world around us.
11. Finally – what’s the most important part of the North Pole Elf Code?
To be helpful and kind always – of course it makes everyone feel loved which is totally important, but I have a suspicion it’s also very helpful – especially whenever we have a disaster here in the North Pole. For example … one year, The Sleigh completely lost all its sparkle and the reindeer couldn’t fly. It was all because the Magical Orb was totally empty and we had to fill it with Christmas Spirit really quickly – otherwise Father Christmas wouldn’t be able to take off on Christmas Eve. And then another year, all the Christmas Day smells went missing. Can you imagine? All the deliciousness of new pyjamas, mince pies, gingerbread, frost, new books, snow, tinsel, cinnamon, roasted chestnuts, Christmas pudding, Christmas trees, hot chocolate and EVERYTHING had totally disappeared. Our Christmas Day would have been most horridly horrid if we hadn’t been kind to each other.
You may also like to read an earlier Interview with a Christmas Elf