Christmas elves love their Elf Gym. After all, it is good to play and have fun every day. The elf gym has monkey bars and slides. It has swinging balls and rides. It even has tunnels, with candy cane outsides!
Yes, the elves love playing in their gym. It is quite a sight to see! Elves swinging like monkeys. Elves hanging like monkeys from monkey bars.
The elves swing from one side of their gym all the way to the other side. And then they swing back again. They use the monkey bars to swing to a toadstool. Then they hop to another toadstool. And then they jump to a monkey bar! Such silly elves!
But, there is one little elf. Her name is Mouse. She is just a little too small to grab the monkey bars. The big elves are really nice. They always help her reach the monkey bars. But, you can tell she really wants to swing on them all by herself.
Every morning she wakes up extra early. She wakes up before the other elves do. She sneaks into the Elf Gym. I am the only one who knows she sneaks in.
And every morning she practices. She practices on the monkey bars. She practices on the toadstools. She keeps trying and trying. But every day she falls, splat, on the ground. And every day she just misses the next toadstool. But every day Mouse the Elf gets just a little bit better.
Well, I had to leave the North Pole for a while. Then I was extra busy. I had not seen Mouse the Elf in the Elf Gym for quite some time.
Then, one day, the Head Elf came running to see me. “Santa, Santa” he said, “you have to come quick. You have to come to the Elf Gym. You have to see Mouse”.
“Oh, no”, I thought. “Did Mouse fall off the monkey bars? Did she get hurt?”
But, when I got to the Elf Gym, there was Mouse. She was swinging from monkey bar to monkey bar. She was bouncing off the toadstools. Why, she was the fastest little monkey bar elf in the whole gym!
She came running to me. She asked me, “Did you see me Santa Claus, did you?” I told her, “Yes, Mouse, I did! I also know you have been waking up extra early. I know you have been practising every day. I am very, very proud of you, Mouse!”
Then Mouse said, “Santa, I am glad I kept trying. I fell so many times. I wanted to stop trying. But I kept trying! And look at what I can do now!”
All the elves were very proud of Mouse too. That night they held a big Christmas parade for her. Mrs. Claus made an extra special treat for Mouse too!
Mouse the Elf is still the best elf on the monkey bars. But she still wakes up early. And she still sneaks into the Elf Gym to practice. And I am still the only one who knows she does it.
P.S. Does the elf gym sound like fun? What things have you done that you are proud of? (You can leave a message for me. Or, scroll down to see what others have written!)