A Visit to Santa Claus.
and his assistant Tarja Kunnas
VISITING SANTA CLAUS.
The story of Santa Claus and the Christmas gnomes
Far, far away, at the very edge of Lapland, in the land of polar night and northern lights, among the endless snows and untraversed lands, rises Mount Korvatunturi. And at the foot of it hides a tiny village. There are houses and small workshops, and pens for deer, and even the most real airfield.
This village is located so far away that no one has ever even heard of it. Only one day, two old men wandered into it by chance. However, when they returned home and told their friends and neighbors, no one believed them. Of course, who could get so far and build a village? Unless it was Santa Claus himself.
But that’s the thing, it’s Santa Claus who lives in the village. Yes, yes, everyone’s favorite good-natured old man with a long white beard, who every year at Christmas brings gifts to children. Santa Claus has a wife and numerous gnome helpers, as well as a herd of reindeer.
No one remembers when or how Santa Claus came to these parts, and he only chuckles into his beard if you ask him about it. Maybe Santa himself has already forgotten.
But the dwarves tell us that they used to live in the woods and villages and work as housekeepers. But people started building cities and factories everywhere, and there was no room at all for the housekeepers, so they had to move north to the foot of Mount Corvatunturi.
The Christmas dwarves are a very skilled people. They can do anything you ask of them. They include carpenters, carpenters, seamstresses, painters, mechanics, glassblowers, masons and even bow tieers. They make Christmas presents for all the children in the world.
There is enough work for the whole year – from January to December. After all, we must not forget anyone and count all the gifts. But there is nothing to worry about: in the office of Santa Claus works great organizers and accountants, so that everything will be done in time.
Life in the village of Corvatunturi has been buzzing since early morning. Even before dawn, the dwarves are awakened by the smell of oatmeal porridge, which Santa Claus’ wife is boiling in a huge pot. The white-bearded old men jump out of bed and, like boys, run to the table.
No one wants to go without oatmeal. After all, porridge is extremely tasty!
After a hearty breakfast, the dwarves leave for work.
The dwarves’ wives stay at home.
They have to clean up, cook dinner, feed all the pets, big and small, and make aromatic coffee.
And gnomes like to drink coffee with buns more than anything else in the world. After coffee they have to do laundry, iron, sew on buttons and darn socks. In general, gnomes are neat, but at work, anything can happen. Who hastily pinned to the bench edge of the jacket, and who inadvertently knocked over a jar of glue in his pocket. But despite the little troubles, everyone in the village live very amicably. Therefore, even wild animals are happy to stay here for the winter.
After a hard day’s work, everyone rests and slowly gets ready for sleep. Some fall asleep as soon as they wash their faces and brush their teeth, others think it is a good idea to have a little snack for the night, and some just read a book.
The dwarves all live together, but each has its own crib and shelf, where the most necessary and favorite things are kept. However, often these things strangely end up on the floor, and then the wife of Santa Claus swears that the gnomes’ hut is again a shambles. But it doesn’t bother them at all, the dwarves even say it’s much cozier this way.
Dwarf Arthur used to work as a housekeeper in the stable and used to sleep in the hay. They say that once he tried to sleep on a bed, but no matter how he tossed and turned, he could not fall asleep. Of course, how can you compare smooth sheets with prickly fragrant hay!
Gnome children go to school, just like all ordinary children. There they learn to read, write, count, sing, and draw.
The most favorite subject in the school gnomes – zoology. Of course, because the animals in the village is invisible, and they are all tame. Any girl can easily look into the mouth of a ferocious wolf and count how many teeth he has. But now it’s geography class. The teacher is checking her homework. The Christmas gnomes need to know very well where the different countries are, and by no means confuse Ireland with Iceland or Austria with Australia.
Most of all there are labor lessons on the schedule, and they are taught by experienced master gnomes. The children do their best, because the best work will be judged by Santa Claus himself, and if he likes any of the crafts, it can become a real gift.
Santa Claus’s reindeer graze in the pastures at the foot of the mountain slopes, where the jag grows. Former forest gnomes work as shepherds. They like such work, having been used to spending all their time in the forest since they were born. The gnomes are helped by herding dogs. Deer are usually very calm animals, but among them there are mischievous animals, which sometimes even have to be shouted at.
At night, dwarf herders climb into the lopar huts on the poles, so that wild animals do not steal their supplies from their backpacks and pockets.
And when crimson autumn arrives, all the master gnomes immediately want to become shepherds. The mountain slopes at this time are unusually beautiful, and the bright-colored caps of the gnomes fit well into the landscape.
Santa Claus’s reindeer are quite easy to herd – you can’t confuse them with others, because each one has a little silver bells in its ear. And if some reindeer accidentally get lost, by the ringing of a jingle bell he will be found immediately.
In the village of Santa Claus has many different workshops: carpentry, sewing, spinning, pottery, pottery and others.
There is an incredible noise in the carpentry workshop. Saws are tinkling, hammers are knocking, drills are whirring, sawdust and shavings are flying everywhere. This is where the dwarves make presents out of wood. What they don’t invent: from tiny cell phones to huge doll houses. And yet, you have to be very careful in the workshop, because the machines here are not at all toy-like.
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