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Christmas Stories

By Arnie Lightning

Arnie Lightning Books

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Copyright © 2014 by Hey Sup Bye Publishing

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Table of Contents

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How Santa Claus Began

Santa’s New Home

Santa’s Perfect Match

Santa and Peppermint Puppy

Around The World Toy Delivery with Santa Claus

Christmas Jokes

About the Author

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[] How Santa Claus Began

We think of Santa Claus as having a long white beard and snowy-white hair to match, but many years ago, Santa was just an ordinary-looking young man named Nicholas with dark hair and blue eyes. No one called him Santa back then.

Like other young men his age, Nicholas Claus was very hard-working. He had learned everything he knew from his father, who was a famous toymaker in the cold, northern region of the world where they lived. Now that Nicholas was nearly grown-up, he was quite the toymaker himself. He spent long hours in his father’s toy shop, crafting animals and boats and little houses out of the finest pine wood.

Nicholas often stayed at the toy shop after his father had gone home at night. Making toys gave him a warm, happy feeling like nothing else. Because of this, the children in the town loved Nicholas very much. Each year at Christmas, he would deliver special toys to their doorsteps. The little boys and girls waited in anticipation for Nicholas’s annual Christmas visit.

Sadly, disaster struck Nicholas’s family one winter. His parents and younger siblings became very ill, and they died before spring. Nicholas was ill for a while himself, but he was the only one who managed to recover. Even though he was very sad, Nicholas knew he owed it to his father’s memory and to the children of the town to keep the toy shop in business.

The following year, just a few days before Christmas, Nicholas sat by the fire in the toy shop and worked hard at finishing the Christmas toys. In spite of himself, he had just about fallen asleep when sparks shot out of the fireplace, instantly rousing him.

He jumped out of the way, gasping when he realized that the sparks had been caused by a small, jolly-looking elf who had leapt down the chimney! The elf was dressed in green, with a long beard and twinkly-bright eyes. Aside from the blob of soot on his nose, he was unharmed by the flames.

Nicholas gasped. Up until now, he hadn’t believed that elves were real. “Who are you?” he asked.

“I’m Twinkle,” the elf replied, “and you’re just the one I’m looking for!”

“I am?” asked Nicholas.

“Yes,” Twinkle told him. “For years, we elves have been waiting for someone just like you—someone kind and unselfish, who loves children and is a skilled toymaker. At last, we have found you! That is, if you would like to go with me?”

Nicholas stared at Twinkle. “Go where?”

“To a beautiful fairyland far in the north,” Twinkle explained. “We have a glorious workshop there; all it needs is someone like you. If you choose to come with me, I will give you the gift of living forever, so that will have years and years of doing what you love best—making toys for children. But now, you will be making them for children all over the world, not only here in town. You will also have an entire crew of elves to help!”

Nicholas thought about this. His family was gone; he had no other relatives. He’d be able to make toys for even more children this way. He’d be able to live forever. And the fairyland in the far north sounded like a beautiful place. What was he waiting for?

“I’ll go with you!” Nicholas told Twinkle.

And that, my friends, is how it all began!

[] Santa’s New Home

Many years ago, when Santa first arrived at the North Pole as a young man named Nicholas Claus, he was in for quite a surprise. His friend Twinkle the elf, who had given Nicholas the magical gift of living forever so that he could make toys for all the children of the world, had so much to show him. Nicholas was used to the drab brown houses of the wintry town where he’d lived, so he hadn’t expected so much sparkle and color at the North Pole!

The workshop where Twinkle and his elf friends worked and made toys was connected to a beautiful mansion, where they lived and slept. Now Nicholas would live there, too. Both of the buildings were red and green, with cozy stained-glass windows. The turrets and towers of the workshop and mansion looked as though they were made out of Christmas candy canes!

Across from the workshop stood a matching stable, where eight magical reindeer lived. Twinkle told Nicholas that the reindeer were very special, for they had the ability to fly. Pulling a shiny red sleigh through the night sky, they were to help Nicholas deliver Christmas gifts to the children of the world! Nicholas was overwhelmed. He couldn’t imagine riding around the world in a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer, but it sure sounded like an adventure!

Inside the busy, merry workshop, Nicholas met Twinkle’s hundreds of elf friends. They were all dressed in red and green, with caps on their heads and sparkly eyes and pointed ears, just like Twinkle had. They gave Nicholas the warmest welcome as they showed him around the workshop and explained their daily toy-making routine. Nicholas had been making toys in his father’s toyshop since he was small, so the idea of helping the elves delighted him.

The elves showed Nicholas the special bedroom and living quarters they’d been saving for someone just like him. They introduced him to Shimmer, the kitchen elf, who was sweet and gentle and had a kind word for everyone. She made a big cup of cocoa for Nicholas, and he drank it gratefully.

By the end of the day, Nicholas felt right at home among the elves. He had been sad ever since he had lost his family to sickness last winter, but now he felt as though he had a new family. And this family would live forever and ever! Over the next few days, Nicholas sat in the workshop with the elves, busily making toys right alongside them.

Then, on Christmas Eve, the elf in charge of the reindeer stables harnessed the magical reindeer to a shiny red sleigh. Together, Nicholas and the other elves loaded it down with the toys they had made. Nicholas was a bit nervous about flying in the sleigh, but he was also very excited!

He loved children very much, and being able to deliver gifts to little ones around the world was a very high honor. In spite of his concerns, Nicholas’s first journey was a total success. He traveled to every country in the world, but yet the night stretched magically on as long as he needed it!

By the time he returned to the North Pole the next morning, Nicholas was exhausted but happy. Because he’d brought so much joy to the children of the world, Twinkle nicknamed him Santa, which means “saint.” And, to this very day, everyone knows him as Santa Claus!

[] Santa’s Perfect Match

After Santa Claus had lived at the North Pole for many years, the elves began to notice a change in him. Even though he still laughed his jolly ho-ho-ho and happily delivered toys to the kids around the world each Christmas Eve, something about his attitude was a little different.

“I think he’s lonely,” Shimmer the kitchen elf said to Twinkle the head elf one December afternoon.

“Lonely?” Twinkle gave Shimmer a look that told her she must be crazy. “How could he possibly be lonely? He lives here with all of us elves and reindeer!”

Shimmer shook her head, sighed, and went back to stirring her spicy-smelling pot of hot cinnamon-apple cider. “That’s not what I mean, Twinkle.”

“What do you mean, then?” Twinkle helped himself to a Christmas cookie that was cooling on a baking rack.

Shimmer slid another tray of cookies into the oven. Then she put her hands on her hips, still wearing her fluffy red-and-white oven mitts. “I think Santa needs a wife, Twinkle!” she replied, as if this were very obvious. “He’s been here for hundreds of years. He’s grown fat and white-haired, and still he has no wife to share the special times with him. He isn’t an elf, after all; he’s a human, and humans are bound to want marriage at some point.”

“Maybe you’re right,” Twinkle said slowly. “But how do we go about getting a wife for him?”

“I’m one step ahead of you!” Shimmer replied. She showed Twinkle a copy of Santa’s world map that she’d been keeping in a drawer. “This is a map of all the houses in the world,” Shimmer explained.

“Even the houses that don’t have children?”

“Even those.” Shimmer’s finger landed on northern Minnesota in the United States. “I happen to know that a sweet lady named Tessie lives here, all alone. She’s never been married, and she has no family, but she does love children. She enjoys making treats for the kids in her neighborhood. They all love her. As if that isn’t enough, Tessie also loves Christmas, and she’s very pretty—snow-white hair and big blue eyes. I say we play matchmaker!”

“We?” cried Twinkle.

Shimmer laughed. “Yes, we. I think you should go with Santa on Christmas Eve and make sure he stops at Tessie’s house. Otherwise, he’ll pass her over, since she doesn’t have children. Once Santa meets Tessie, we’ll see what happens!”

Shimmer had a way of being very convincing, so it wasn’t too hard to rope Twinkle into her plan. And, on Christmas Eve, Twinkle urged Santa to stop at Tessie’s.

“But there are no children here!” protested Santa.

Twinkle begged and begged until Santa gave in.

When he slid down the chimney, he made such a ruckus that Tessie woke up and thought someone was breaking into her house! Armed with a pointy umbrella, she rushed downstairs and stopped short!

“Santa Claus?” she gasped. “What are you doing here?”

“I—” And then Santa turned and saw Tessie. He swallowed hard. He’d never seen such a pretty lady! “Why, Tessie,” he smiled, “I came to bring you a present.” He reached into his bag and pulled out a beautiful pin of a shining emerald Christmas tree.

“For me?” Tessie gasped. “Oh, Santa, you shouldn’t have!” She smiled warmly at Old Saint Nick, and the rest, as they say, is history!

[] Santa and Peppermint Puppy

“Christmas Eve is the most magical night of the year, wouldn’t you agree?” Santa asked his head elf Twinkle.

Twinkle had accompanied Santa on his Christmas Eve journey around the world that year, as he often did. “Oh yes, Santa!” Twinkle smiled into the cold winter wind as the reindeer pranced through sky, pulling Santa’s gleaming red sleigh.

“We’ve finished our deliveries in record time, too!” Santa cheered. “Maybe we’ll actually be able to get some sleep before Christmas dinner.” He chuckled to himself as he turned the sleigh back toward the North Pole—but suddenly, something far below him caught his eye!

Santa’s sleigh was directly above a big, busy city, whose streets were now dark for the night. But that didn’t stop Santa, with his excellent eyesight, from spotting a lonely little puppy who was nosing through trash in a dirty alleyway.

Santa pointed him out to Twinkle. “The poor little thing!” he exclaimed. “All alone on Christmas Eve, cold and hungry. That isn’t right!” And, without another word, he guided the sleigh down to the ground.

“What are you doing, Santa?” gasped Twinkle as they landed in the alleyway.

The reindeer stopped obediently, and Santa hopped out of the sleigh. He didn’t answer Twinkle. Instead, he went right over to the scrawny little puppy.

When the puppy heard Santa, he lifted his head and turned back. In spite of being so skinny, he was very cute—white-furred with brown markings, floppy brown ears, and round shoe-button-black eyes. The puppy whined pathetically, brushing his little head against one of Santa’s boots.

Seeing that the puppy was friendly, Santa bent down and scooped him up. “How would you like to come back to the North Pole and live with Mrs. Santa Claus and the elves and the reindeer and me?” he asked gently.

As if he understood, the puppy yipped happily, gobbling down a piece of Christmas cookie that Santa offered him.

When Santa got back into the sleigh, he found that Twinkle was staring at him in astonishment. “Santa!” he gasped. “We’ve never had any pets besides reindeer up at the North Pole!”

Santa shrugged easily, nestling the puppy beneath his fuzzy red jacket to keep him warm. “Maybe it’s time to change all that!” he replied.

Back at the North Pole, Mrs. Claus and the elves were delighted with the new puppy. Mrs. Claus bathed him and prepared a special bed for him, and Shimmer the kitchen elf whipped up a batch of Christmas dog biscuits especially for him.

The puppy grew plump and healthy on her cooking, and it wasn’t long before he was frolicking around the toy store, jumping into the elves’ laps, licking them affectionately, and wagging his stubby brown tail. Like most young puppies, he caused quite a bit of mischief, but no one minded much—not even when he got into a bag of candy canes that Shimmer had set aside for the following Christmas!

Because of his love for that red-and-white candy, Santa and Mrs. Claus began calling him Peppermint Puppy—and the name stuck! Today, if you were to visit the North Pole, you would find that Peppermint Puppy is an active, fun-loving pet who loves his new home—and, thanks to the kindness of Santa, he’ll never be lonely again!

[] Around The World Toy Delivery with Santa Claus

“You’re so lucky, Santa,” Shimmer the kitchen elf said as she delivered Santa’s hot cocoa.

Santa sat at his desk, studying a map of the world and planning the route he would take when he made this year’s Christmas Eve deliveries. “Why is that?” he asked.

Shimmer sighed dreamily. “Because of the places you get to see on your journeys each year! All I’ve ever seen is the North Pole. I keep a world map in one of the kitchen drawers, and sometimes I imagine myself visiting all the different countries.”

After Shimmer left, Santa thought about what she had said. Sometimes his head elf Twinkle came along with him on his Christmas Eve sleigh rides, but none of the other elves ever had.

That gave Santa an idea. The next day, when Shimmer brought him his cocoa, he asked her, “Shimmer, how would you like to fly around the world with me this Christmas Eve?”

Shimmer’s eyes went wide. “Oh, Santa!” she gasped. “I can’t think of anything I’d like more for Christmas!”

And so, that Christmas Eve, Shimmer set off with Santa for the adventure of a lifetime. She couldn’t believe how many beautiful places there were in the world.

In Europe, Shimmer’s favorite countries to visit were France and Italy. In France, the children set out shoes for Santa to fill rather than stockings! In Italy, the children left him slices of sweet cake called panettone instead of Christmas cookies!

In Africa, Shimmer loved the country of Ghana, where she saw the most unusual Christmas trees. There, Santa tucked the children’s gifts under palm trees decorated with candles! In Madagascar, the children left sweet biscuits for Santa—and he let Shimmer try one. It was delicious!

In Asia, Shimmer was fascinated by China, where the name for Santa was Shen Dan Lao Ren! She thought that the Chinese Christmas trees, decorated with paper lanterns and paper flowers, were very beautiful! In the Philippines, the most popular Christmas decorations were bamboo poles with lighted star lanterns on top. Shimmer had never seen anything like them!

In Australia, Santa gave his reindeer a rest and instead let six lively kangaroos pull his sleigh. Shimmer had never had such a bouncy ride! She loved how the Australians decorated their houses with bunches of Christmas Bush, a lovely green plant with cream-colored flowers.

In South America, Shimmer enjoyed Argentina, where the people set off fireworks after midnight to celebrate the arrival of Christmas Day. They also filled the sky with beautiful lanterns called globos. In Brazil, Shimmer giggled when she learned the game the Brazilian children played with Santa. They left their socks lying around near the windows, and when Santa found the socks, he’d exchange them for a gift!

In North America, Shimmer had fun seeing how Christmas was celebrated throughout Mexico, the United States, and Canada. Santa left the Mexican children Christmas piñatas shaped like animals, which he’d filled to the brim with sweet treats. All across the United States, he filled stockings and left gifts beneath Christmas trees. In Canada, the children left special barley candy for Santa. Shimmer liked it so much, she decided to make it at home!

By the time Santa and Shimmer returned to the North Pole, Shimmer was very tired—but very happy. She knew she would never forget the Christmas Eve when she’d traveled the world with Santa Claus!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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[] Christmas Jokes

Q: Why does Santa go down the chimney?

A: Because it soots him!

Q: What do snowmen like most about going to school?

A: Snow and tell!

Q: What’s Santa called when he takes a rest while delivering presents?

A: Santa Pause!

Q: When is a good time for Santa to visit?

A: Anytime!

Q: What songs do Santa’s elves sing to him when he comes home freezing on Christmas night?

A: Freeze a jolly good fellow!

Q: Why couldn’t the skeleton go to the Christmas Party?

A: He had no body to go with!

Q: How did the chickens dance at the Christmas party?

A: Chick to chick!

Q: Who delivers presents to baby sharks at Christmas?

A: Santa Jaws!

Q: Why is a cat on a beach like Christmas?

A: Because they both have sandy claws!

Q: Why did Rudolph wear sunglasses at the beach?

A: He didn’t want to be recognized!

Q: What do snowmen eat for breakfast?

A: Snowflakes!

Q: What did they call Santa after he lost his pants?

A: Saint Knickerless!

Q: What nationality is Santa Claus?

A: North Polish!

Q: What can Santa give away and still keep?

A: A cold!

Q: How do sheep in Mexico say Merry Christmas?

A: Fleece Navidad!

Q: Where does Frosty the Snowman keep his money?

A: In the snowbank!

Q: Why is it so cold at Christmas?

A: Because it’s in Decembrrr!

Q: What is Tarzan’s favorite Christmas song?

A: Jungle bells!

Q: What’s Scrooge’s favorite Christmas game?

A: Mean-opoly!

Q: How does Santa Claus take pictures?

A: With his North Pole-aroid!

Q: What did Mrs. Claus say to Santa as they were looking out the window?

A: Looks like rain dear (reindeer)!

Q: Which reindeer has the worst manners?

A: Rude-olph!

Q: What does Santa call that reindeer with no eyes?

A: No-eyed-deer!

Q: What was the hairdresser’s favorite Christmas song?

A: Oh Comb All Ye Faithful!

Q: Who delivers cat Christmas presents?

A: Santa Claws!

Q: What is red then white and red then white?

A: Santa rolling down a snowy hill!

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[] About the Author

Arnie Lightning is a dreamer. He believes that everyone should dream big and not be afraid to take chances to make their dreams come true. Arnie enjoys writing, reading, doodling, and traveling. In his free time, he likes to play video games and run. Arnie lives in Mississippi where he graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS.

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Christmas Stories

Cute Christmas Stories for Kids! Christmas is almost here and the excitement is all around! The twinkling Christmas lights and the aroma of freshly baked cookies fills the air. You and your child will enjoy these special Christmas stories for kids. Each story is about Santa Claus and includes cute and colorful illustrations for early and beginning readers. These stories are great for early & beginning readers, reading aloud at home, and bedtime stories. -2,500+ words -Cute Christmas stories for kids -Perfect for early and beginner readers -Funny and hilarious Christmas jokes included -Bright and colorful images for early and younger readers These stories are great for quick bedtime stories and cute tales to be read aloud with friends and family! Fun for the entire family! Kids and children can practice their reading skills and enjoy the holiday season. These special Christmas stories are sure to get you and your family in the Christmas spirit. The hilarious Christmas jokes will have everyone laughing! Story List: -How Santa Claus Began -Santa’s New Home -Santa’s Perfect Match -Santa and Peppermint Puppy -Around The World With Santa Claus -Plus Christmas Jokes! Best-Selling Children's Book Author, Arnie Lightning Arnie Lightning is a best-selling children's book author with a straightforward goal. He wants his work to create a positive impact in the lives of others through children's books. Learning morals, lessons, and good character can start at a young age. Arnie's books reflect this. By providing a comfortable and entertaining environment, learning can be a fun activity! Scroll up and click 'buy' to make some special Christmas memories with your child!

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  • Published: 2015-09-14 21:50:13
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