But, my good friend Venice asked something. She asked if the little reindeer could be called Greta. Greta was Venice’s Mom. Greta died last Christmas. It was very sad.
Venice made me think about something we do at the North Pole.
Mrs. Claus has something special too. It is a book. When a baby is born, she writes the baby’s name in her book. That way, we always think of them.
But, when someone dies, we do something special. We did it for Venice’s mother, Greta. We did it for Kiara’s baby brother, Will. We did it for Ashley’s Dad too. And we did it for Julia’s grampa, George.
When someone dies we have a special service for them at the North Pole. Everyone puts on nice clothes. We all meet in the Great Hall of the Elves. The elves that watched them thru out their life will stand up. Then the elves will tell us some stories about them. Some stories are happy. Some are sad. Some are funny. It makes us think of them.
Then, Mrs. Claus gets her special book. She gently takes their name out of her book. She puts their name on a star.
Next, everyone stands up. I gently take the star from Mrs. Claus. I carry the star past everyone. Everyone follows me outside. I carry the star to a special Christmas tree. It is just for that person. Then I gently put the star on top of the Christmas tree. Then the star lights up. It shines brightly for all to see. That way we always think of them.
Rudolph and the reindeer also do something when a special pet dies. That way we always think of them too.
The price for having known someone who died is sadness when they leave us. But it is a small price for all the happiness they gave us, even if it was for just a little while.
When someone dies, it is ok if it makes you sad. But, it is good to talk about being sad. It helps you feel better. If something makes you sad you should talk to your family about it. Or, you can call some great people to talk to.
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