The Untidy Elves

Posted by Santa Claus on December 2nd, 2010

A long time ago the Christmas elves 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 Mrs. Claus.  But Mrs. Claus 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. 1
    My friend Evan said:

    yay its december i cant wait till christmas and its snowing

  2. 2
    My friend sam said:

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

  3. 3
    My friend Elle said:

    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

  4. 4
    My friend Alisha said:

    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

  5. 5
    My friend Heather and Anita said:

    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

  6. 6
    My friend bethany said:

    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| :) |

  7. 7
    My friend Rebekah said:

    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!!!

  8. 8
    My friend Ruby said:


  9. 9
    My friend Ruby said:

    I agree wivu

  10. 10
    My friend Emily said:

    I thInk that you should keep your room tidy


  12. 11
    My friend GEORGIA said:


  13. 12
    My friend Alexandra said:

    dear sata
    i think the elves sod clen up

  14. 13
    My friend jonathan said:

    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.

  15. 14
    My friend Katie said:


  16. 15
    My friend levan said:

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

  17. 16
    My friend Ian said:

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

  18. 17
    My friend Ian said:

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

  19. 18
    My friend Roisin said:

    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.

  20. 19
    My friend Paul said:

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

  21. 20
    My friend Faith said:

    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*

  22. 21
    My friend Ella said:

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

  23. 22
    My friend alyssa said:

    santa dont forget to send me presents on christmas my wishes

  24. 23
    My friend Molly Rose said:

    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

  25. 24
    My friend caroline said:

    well you clean up!

  26. 25
    My friend josh said:

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

  27. 26
    My friend katie said:

    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

  28. 27
    My friend jake williams said:

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

  29. 28
    My friend tyler whitney said:

    i would tidy up alawys

  30. 29
    My friend ABBIE said:

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

  31. 30
    My friend leah said:

    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

  32. 31
    My friend Shannon said:

    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!)

  33. 32
    My friend Phoebe said:

    I always do what my mum says and my dad

  34. 33
    My friend Shamar said:


  35. 34
    My friend CORI said:


  36. 35
    My friend Cian said:


  37. 36
    My friend alexis said:

    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

  38. 37
    My friend madison said:

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

  39. 38
    My friend kylie said:

    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.

  40. 39
    My friend Elizabeth said:

    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.

  41. 40
    My friend desmond said:

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

  42. 41
    My friend jake said:

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

  43. 42
    My friend Angel said:

    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!

  44. 43
    My friend shannon said:

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

  45. 44
    My friend nick said:

    do you ever shave your beard ps just wondering

  46. 45
    My friend nick said:

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

  47. 46
    My friend Michaela said:

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

  48. 47
    My friend Knox said:

    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!

  49. 48
    My friend Chloe said:

    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

  50. 49
    My friend Ridge said:

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

  51. 50
    My friend VANNESA HERRERA said:


  52. 51
    My friend thisisntmyname said:

    i will not clean my room!!!

  53. 52
    My friend jesse said:

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

  54. 53
    My friend Ireland said:

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

  55. 54
    My friend Margie said:

    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!.

  56. 55
    My friend Ashley said:

    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…)

  57. 56
    My friend Hayley and annalissee said:

    were good girls!!!!!

  58. 57
    My friend Hayley and annalissee said:

    Hi guys, were cool, dont forgeet. (:

  59. 58
    My friend Tate said:

    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.

  60. 59
    My friend Maddison said:

    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)

  61. 60
    My friend catherine-anne said:

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

  62. 61
    My friend Alexandra Newton said:

    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

  63. 62
    My friend Dana said:

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

  64. 63
    My friend Austin said:

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

  65. 64
    My friend alex said:

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

  66. 65
    My friend Claire said:

    I am very tidy but I always manage to lose suff1

  67. 66
    My friend makayla said:

    I love you SANTA!!

  68. 67
    My friend Reagan said:

    I think it is important to clean

  69. 68
    My friend melanie said:

    i would like on please:)

  70. 69
    My friend Joe said:

    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,

  71. 70
    My friend oliwia said:

    I am a tidy girl I like being neat.

  72. 71
    My friend chelsea said:

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

  73. 72
    My friend emily said:

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

    thanks santa

  74. 73
    My friend Lily said:

    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!

  75. 74
    My friend zach said:

    I really think they should be tidy.

  76. 75
    My friend Ashley said:

    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!

  77. 76
    My friend hannah said:

    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

  78. 77
    My friend gracie said:

    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 .

  79. 78
    My friend carly said:

    you cool

  80. 79
    My friend maddie said:

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

  81. 80
    My friend George said:

    the elves do some funny things

  82. 81
    My friend Ola said:

    Dear Santa;
    It is my sister’s fault.

  83. 82
    My friend samuel said:

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

  84. 83
    My friend Catherine said:

    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?

  85. 84
    My friend Kiaira said:


  86. 85
    My friend ashleigh said:

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

  87. 86
    My friend caitlin said:

    Yuck,I feel sorry for the little girl!

  88. 87
    My friend jambo said:

    the should clean or they will get firede

  89. 88
    My friend mahoganie said:

    I would not want a CHEWED UP PICKLE for CHRISTMAS.

  90. 89
    My friend Shelbi said:

    That is gross furry green grilled cheese. YUCK!

  91. 90
    My friend Olivia said:

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

  92. 91
    My friend rhia said:

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

  93. 92
    My friend Amelie said:

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

  94. 93
    My friend victoria said:

    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.

  95. 94
    My friend olivia said:

    i would rather clean my room once a month

  96. 95
    My friend connor said:

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

  97. 96
    My friend Emily said:

    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.

  98. 97
    My friend Justin said:

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

  99. 98
    My friend Juliana said:

    me too olivia

  100. 99
    My friend Emily said:

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

  101. 100
    My friend Caitlin said:

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

  102. 101
    My friend Hannah said:

    way did the elfs not want to tiddy up

  103. 102
    My friend Jeremy said:

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

  104. 103
    My friend maya said:

    why r they not tidy

  105. 104
    My friend alyssa said:

    I’m also very sorry

  106. 105
    My friend stephanie said:

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

  107. 106
    My friend garrett said:

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

  108. 107
    My friend Isabella said:

    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.

  109. 108
    My friend adrian said:

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

  110. 109
    My friend grumpythe elf jake wiliams friend said:

    i hope the workshop is clean when i come back

  111. 110
    My friend grumpythe elf jake wiliams friend said:

    i hope the north pole is clean when i come back

  112. 111
    My friend Pauline said:

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

  113. 112
    My friend willow said:

    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

  114. 113
    My friend garrett said:

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

  115. 114
    My friend Brooke And Reece said:

    i once got a trampoline with gum stuck on it

  116. 115
    My friend megan said:

    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…………….. .!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  117. 116
    My friend Madison said:

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

  118. 117
    My friend amazing amy said:

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

  119. 118
    My friend Lauren said:

    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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