The Untidy Elves

Posted by Santa Claus on December 2nd, 2010

A long time ago the Christmas told me something.  They told me they didn’t want to tidy up any more!

They said, “Santa Claus, so many kids do not tidy up.  Why should we?”

I wasn’t too sure it was a good idea.  Most times, I would ask .  But was away.

Those silly elves kept asking.  Finally, I said. “OK.  You are right.  There are a lot of children who do not tidy up.  You do not have to tidy up any more either”.

The elves all cheered!  They thought it was great.  No more cleaning up!  Still, I was not too sure about the whole thing.

Well, after just a few sleeps the North Pole Workshop was messy.

After a few more sleeps the North Pole Workshop was VERY messy!

It was so messy we could hardly find any presents!  It was just before Christmas too!  It looked like no one was going to get presents that year!  Oh my!

That is when Mrs. Claus came home.  She almost fainted when she saw the mess!  But, she knew just what to do.  She made herself a great big mug of herbal eggnog.  It calmed her right down.  Then she got all the elves working and singing:

“Clean up, clean up,
Everybody do your share.
Clean up, clean up,
Everybody, everywhere.
Clean up, clean up,
Do it in your underwear!”

(Ok, that silly last part was what I was singing when Mrs. Claus wasn’t listening *wink*)

We did a good job cleaning up.  But, there were still a few girls and boys who were sad that year.  They did not get the presents they wanted.  Instead, one little girl got a furry green grilled cheese sandwich.  Another little boy got a train Christmas morning — with a chewed pickle in it!

Well, that was the year I learned you always have to clean up after yourself.  But there are still some girls and boys who do not clean up.  So there are still some Christmas elves that think they do not have to tidy up either.

It’s too bad because then some girls and boys do not get presents (or else they get furry green grilled cheese sandwiches or chewed pickles by mistake!  Yuck!)

Merry Christmas!

Santa Claus

P.S.  Do you think it is a good idea to clean up after you finish playing and to keep your room tidy?  You can tell me if you would like a chewed pickle for Christmas by leaving me a note.  Or, scroll down to see what others have written!


118 Responses to “The Untidy Elves”

  1. Evan

    yay its december i cant wait till christmas and its snowing


  3. sam

    didn’t one of your elves drop heaps of zhu zhu pets From Sam

  4. Elle

    My mum said when i tidy the house up i will get a reward for the things i do, maybe that will encourage them to clean up but they do not have to clean EVERY DAY! x x

  5. Alisha

    Are th elves good behaved now who were the elves called and how many elves is there how long ago was the elves nauty and did u sack them. I hope that the elves are watching out on us and are well behaved

  6. Heather and Anita

    Dear Santa,

    We loved your letter- and remeber only 23 sleeps left. Please get us what we want or we will be VERY upset.

    See Ya reall sooonnnnn !!!

    xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx

  7. bethany

    I think that everyone should do theren share of keeping there house clean, but sometime some people would rather live in a pig sty than clean up!
    I liked your story santa, and i love your blog (its the reason i wake up by will in the morning, but also i wanted to play in the snpoow, it snowed ALOT today and i just HAD to play in it :) )

    -Bethany| :) |

  8. Rebekah

    i think that everyone should do there fair share of tidying there rooms instead of leaving it to over people beacause some people need help tidying and it is rood!!!

  9. Ruby


  10. Ruby

    I agree wivu

  11. Emily

    I thInk that you should keep your room tidy




  14. Alexandra

    dear sata
    i think the elves sod clen up

  15. jonathan

    Dear Santa I have have some papers on my desk. I put my uniform in taekwondo on my spot there’s no shelf for my nerf gun. On the briter sid it’s 23 sleeps til christmas eve.

  16. Katie


  17. levan

    Dear Santa, when you arrive on Christmas night with presents, will you leave a letter for us?

  18. Ian

    first tell them about dog daring and then quadruple dog dare them to

  19. Ian

    sorry my last one mest up at the end. at the end I meant to say. to do it.

  20. Roisin

    I think it is a really good and idea and that they should tidy up. So workshop could be cleaned otherwise Christmas could be ruined.

  21. Paul

    I allways keep my room clean and tidy so I am hopeing to get the presnts which I asked you for.

  22. Faith

    EEEH! I wouldent wants a chewed pickle in my stocking for christmas EEEH! On the other hand I shouldent have to worry about getting a chewed pickle in my stocking for Christmas enyway as my room often shines like tinsle on the Christmas tree *he he he*

  23. Ella

    Dear Santa,
    your a very kind man.
    that story about the untidy elves was funny.
    say hi from me to Ms.Claus.

  24. alyssa

    santa dont forget to send me presents on christmas my wishes

  25. Molly Rose

    Santa, Its a good idea to clean your room always. Even after you clean up your toys you can still play and have fun. I like your clean up sont

  26. caroline

    well you clean up!

  27. josh

    untidy elf hey do yo have to clean up mess that they made

  28. katie

    hi its katie again u sent me a letter on just a minuite ago and i will give u a mince pie for the food a carrots for the raindeers a scile of chocolate fo the elves and a drink for if u get thersdy on the way

    love katie xxxxx

  29. jake williams

    that wassssss ccccooolll i hope that the elves soald clean up even the head elf called burt

  30. tyler whitney

    i would tidy up alawys

  31. ABBIE

    I think it is realy good to be watching people i am glad you said i was good

  32. leah

    hi santa i can`t wait till chrismas i love your blog.santa how can you stay up all night and go round the world you must be so tired when you get back to the north pole.i love chrismas. i hope your getting plenty of sleep and the elves are working hard for you and your getting plenty of hot chocolet and all what you want and us are feeding the raindeers.i can`t wait in till you come it will be so exciting seeing all the presents on your sofa.imagin there was no chrismas your life would be rund i love to see the snow falling ok i better go but don`t worry i`ll be back thank you leahxxxxxx

  33. Shannon

    Honestly and truthfully, it would be REALLY DISCUSTING to get a chewed up pickle or a furry, green grilled cheese as a Christmas gift. (Besides, I hate pickles!)

  34. Phoebe

    I always do what my mum says and my dad

  35. Shamar


  36. CORI


  37. Cian


  38. alexis

    well ya you have to clean or house before you come or its sad that you come once and you saw my warm house that i live in so mess it like saying i have to many toys

  39. madison

    well,santa I would hate a pickle.but i love you.

  40. kylie

    its a good idea to clean up after yourself, if not the room would become so cluttered and you wouldn’t be able to find anything.

  41. Elizabeth

    I don’t want a fuzzy green grilled cheese sandwich or a chewed up pickle. I’m doing good on spelling. I would like you to leave a picture of Mrs. Claus and Rudolph. Make sure that the other reindeer don’t make fun of Rudolph any more. Merry Christmas.

  42. desmond

    Santa can I have a early gift today I whant the creepy crawleys

  43. jake

    Santa I just had my b-day yesterday. I think that everyone should tidy up!!

  44. Angel

    I simply agree with you really about keeping things tidy, I use to always have trouble cleaning my room but I am very thankful to have it cleaned. I suppose I do since its alot easyer finding things because when things go missing it feels hurtful. But we must keep things clean indeed just like mother earth we have to keep it tidy so it doesnt get messy..heh. : )

    P.S. Stay Nyappy!

  45. shannon

    I would like everyone to know that christmas is a very special holiday. I kmow some people like christmasa i hope you do to.

  46. nick

    do you ever shave your beard ps just wondering

  47. nick

    can you send a email to me i realy wont a email from santa

  48. Michaela

    I think I would hate a chewed pickle christmas. Instead I want an HP laptop. *Wink*

  49. Knox

    Santa- I clean up really good. Better than my sister. My sister doesn’t clean up. I do NOT want a fuzzy green cheese sandwich- YUKO!

  50. Chloe

    Hi Santa,
    I been hoping my elf Riley would come back soon. I hope he can come back soon.

    P.S. Can my elf bring another one for my class

  51. Ridge

    i do not want a chewed pickle for christmas because then I won’t be able to eat it.



  53. thisisntmyname

    i will not clean my room!!!

  54. jesse

    I thank that the elves do a good job cleaning up . I have ben doing that to.I love Chistmas.

  55. Ireland

    Ireland said thatshe always cleans up so soshould the elfs,and she aiso said that she doesn’t want a eaten pickle. rock!

  56. Margie

    Lol, Umm, I think they have been taking a VERY CLOSE look at my room. ;) I have a VERY messy room. P.S. I don’t think I would want a Furry Green Sandwich!.

  57. Ashley

    I won’t want a chewed pickle for my present… >.<
    That's why I clean up 'all the time'. (Well, sometimes I might miss out on the cleaning course…)

  58. Hayley and annalissee

    were good girls!!!!!

  59. Hayley and annalissee

    Hi guys, were cool, dont forgeet. (:

  60. Tate

    why would anybody want a chewed pickel if it had been on the ground for 3 seconds i would eat it.Don`t forget the the 5 second rule.

  61. Maddison

    The elves should learn that everyone needs to do their part to keep the workshop clean as well as their rooms. Booooo for green furry sandwiches and chewed pickles!! I don’t like any pickles, even unchewed ones! >:o)

  62. catherine-anne

    i not like pickels more than you guys yuckk!!1

  63. Alexandra Newton

    who wants chewed onions thats just grose so I think the elves should take a bit more care of tidying up & there elves not children. same with furry sandwiches

  64. Dana

    I’m a very untidy girl but I know I’m going to be very tidy when I’m older!

  65. Austin

    I will clean my room everyday so I don’t a furry green pickle. I’m 6

  66. alex

    my room has been clean so far.and my sister’s room has been clean too.i hope you bring presents.

  67. Claire

    I am very tidy but I always manage to lose suff1

  68. makayla

    I love you SANTA!!

  69. Reagan

    I think it is important to clean

  70. melanie

    i would like on please:)

  71. Joe

    I’m a very tidy boy.I always like to tidy up my room every week.I love having a nice clean room every day.And when I’m older I will be very tidy, for sure !

    Thanks Santa,

  72. oliwia

    I am a tidy girl I like being neat.

  73. chelsea

    they didnt want to tidy up anymore
    i would if i was a elf x

  74. emily

    i’m tidy sometimes my room get a bit untidy but i clean it up

    thanks santa

  75. Lily

    Santa I’m just using a nick name im sorry im not allowed any way , our house is quite messy but we ALWAYS clean it up for you!! You are so kind ! Thanks for every thing!

  76. zach

    I really think they should be tidy.

  77. Ashley

    Dear Santa,
    Oh my goodness!!! I can’t believe they were happy about not cleaning!! I think I am kind of a neat freak! I just love cleaning and making things neat!! If I saw how messy it was… I would probably start cleaning it all right away!! Thanks!

  78. hannah

    i think its a good thing to tidy up even though i dont always but i do most of the time and so thats good

  79. gracie

    i think its a good idea to tidy up because
    one day there might be a special day and you carnt find what you want to give them and when it comes to the day they are going to think you dont care .

  80. carly

    you cool

  81. maddie

    to be truthfull santa im not the tidyest girl but ill tidy up for you wink!

  82. George

    the elves do some funny things

  83. Ola

    Dear Santa;
    It is my sister’s fault.

  84. samuel

    Me and my brothers have chores that we do once a day so the house stays clean.
    P.S. some times we forget

  85. Catherine

    I think you should tidy up because just because someone does doesn’t mean you should do the same thing ( unless it is good) as they always say If someone told you to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge would you do it?

  86. Kiaira


  87. ashleigh

    eww no way!!!! i feel bad for the little girl

  88. caitlin

    Yuck,I feel sorry for the little girl!

  89. jambo

    the should clean or they will get firede

  90. mahoganie

    I would not want a CHEWED UP PICKLE for CHRISTMAS.

  91. Shelbi

    That is gross furry green grilled cheese. YUCK!

  92. Olivia

    I think the elves should clean up to set an example for other kids!

  93. rhia

    i love you and and last year i got a ds so thanck you cant wait till christmas

  94. Amelie

    Those nauty elves!!I`m tidy (unlike them!)

  95. victoria

    Tell the elves I recomend they stay tidy so nobody ever has to get a chewed up pickle or a furry green grilled cheese sandwich.

  96. olivia

    i would rather clean my room once a month

  97. connor

    the Elves must need to practice tidying up before christmas or else they need to practice tidying wraping paper

  98. Emily

    The elves must be able to tidy up if there talent is to make toys.Because toys need a lot of work and after there is a lot of mess !!!. Tell the elves I want them to be able to tidy by next Christmas.

  99. Justin

    No I would not like a chewed pickle for Christmas I want toys! I will do my best to clean up better.

  100. Juliana

    me too olivia

  101. Emily

    Well santa I’m sorry to hear that the elves dont tidy up. Does that mean that you have to tidy up?

  102. Caitlin

    I try to but sometimes i dont. It is a good idea though

  103. Hannah

    way did the elfs not want to tiddy up

  104. Jeremy

    What’s worse than getting a furry green sandwich? One that moves.

  105. maya

    why r they not tidy

  106. alyssa

    I’m also very sorry

  107. stephanie

    dear santa,hey i hope the elves are being good and not clumsy

  108. garrett

    It was a terrible idea to not to clean up because it makes a big mess.

  109. Isabella

    Hi. Ik u exist and I always get nice things for christmas. Idk if I have been naaaughty or nice this year so if u could tell me i would be enterneerly grateful.

  110. adrian

    im ok with an unchewed pickle :-) :-)

  111. grumpythe elf jake wiliams friend

    i hope the workshop is clean when i come back

  112. grumpythe elf jake wiliams friend

    i hope the north pole is clean when i come back

  113. Pauline

    I don’t like pickles but I know my parents like pickles…UNCHEWED pickles!

  114. willow

    my rooms clean toy wise but i have dirty clothes EVERYWARE but after i read this i wated to go clean my room after i right this okay ready… this

  115. garrett

    why are they ever going to do that again i hope not

  116. Brooke And Reece

    i once got a trampoline with gum stuck on it

  117. megan

    hey,hey, whats up hope that your having a good halloween up at th north pole is it snowing up thier how is it up their up here it calling for snow and it is halloween but i guess i should let you go and merry chrstmas and happy halloween and hope your ok i wish you good luck peace out home dog………
    p.s im going to a gymnastics thing with a friend…………….. .!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  118. Madison

    well, i do like pickles!!!!!!!!!!!

  119. amazing amy

    i would not even dream about that because i am sure everybody cept on losing things

  120. Lauren

    I think its a good a good idea to tidy up. And know i would not want a fuzzy grilled chese.


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