All Work and No Play Makes Kris a Dull Boy
No matter what line of work you’re in, or how passionate you are about it, everyone needs a break from time to time…and the Big Guy in the Red Suit is no exception. He and Mrs. Claus need their Spring Break just like the rest of us. Of course, the question that immediately begs an answer is “Does Santa actually work?” The answer is a resounding YES. Even though he’s not busy making toys every day, he shoulders the responsibility of overseeing an extensive elfin workforce, a rather scurvy team of reindeer handlers and groomers, a massive staff of mail-openers, an administrative team to manage the Naughty and Nice List…you get the picture. It’s actually quite a dizzying schedule. So much so, in fact, that Mrs. Claus has to literally force-feed him carbs and cookies by the dozen just to maintain his iconic physique.
Yes, the Big Guy is no stranger to work. That’s why every year, immediately following the holiday season, he and the Mrs. take a rather extravagant vacation to their secret sun-drenched private island to sip a bit of grog, play Monopoly (rumor has it that St. Nick, the Monopoly Banker and Colonel Sanders are cousins, although it has yet to be proven) and reverse some of their North Pole pallor by catching a few rays. The details of exactly how they get from the snow to the sand are a closely guarded secret, though. It used to be that all Santa had to do was lose the sleigh and the red suit, don a pair of sunglasses, rent a Chrysler Imperial and go wherever he wanted. Unfortunately those days are gone for good. All that gets him now is being mistaken as a member of ZZ Top. Some people think St. Nick actually employs a team of diminutive ex-C.I.A. operatives masquerading as elves to assist him in his clandestine travel endeavors. We’ll probably never know, but word has it that this year his winter vacation has extended into his spring break.
What we do know, however, is that along the way they love to engage in one of their favorite pastimes—locating unique ornaments of every size and shape from across the globe. And not just Christmas ornaments, mind you. Their passion is to find the most unique birthday ornaments, Easter ornaments, anniversary and graduation ornaments, 4th of July ornaments, Mother’s Day ornaments—you name it. If it’s an occasion on anyone’s calendar they’ll scratch and sniff around until they’ve located an ornament to commemorate it. The good news for us is that this is not done to stock their private reserves. Instead, they pass on the information to us so that we can include them in our vast, constantly growing collection.