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The Christmas Elf

To the tune of Jingle Bells: 

Enjoyable to see,
elvin naughty glee,
what will Santa do with her,
when elves his helpers be?
learning santa’s rules,
is task that must be done;
a little elf must love to work whilst also having fun!


OH! Can’t get the help,
not the help,
not how it used to be;
training elves’ apprenticeships is such a mystery;
not like in my day,
when elves were good and gay,
now rebelling in the ranks
demanding perks and play!
And…as Mary Poppins might say: “Really!”

Have you got some different versions of Christmas songs to share?


About Dr Niamh

When I was a little girl (a very, very long time ago), I used to love learning new, really big words like ‘discombobulate’. As I grew, my love of words grew too, until I loved them so much, I could not stop writing them down. One day, as I was scribbling a particular word, a very peculiar thing happened. The word shouted at me, “Stop! Don’t put me there!” As you can imagine, I was shocked and nearly fell off my chair. When I recovered somewhat, I said to the word, “Could you stop shouting, please? I am not used to it.” Can you guess what happened next? No! I thought not. The word said, “I might be small, but I will misbehave if you do not use me properly. I will not tell the story you would like me to tell. I will say something entirely different!” I dropped my pen. I hoped that by dropping my pen, the word would stop talking. Alas! It did not. It carried on chitterchobbling, even after the ink had dried. I was in a pickle. I could not allow my words to run away with my story, now could I? I don’t know about you, but when this sort of thing happens, there is only one thing left to do if you prefer not to spend your time arguing. “Very well,” said I. “I will do as you ask if you will just be quiet and allow me to concentrate.” Since that day, I have been paying special attention to every word I invite into my stories. After all, a story should say exactly what it means to say and not be led astray. With love from Dr. Niamh, Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination and Founder of Dr Niamh Children's Books. www.drniamhchildrensbooks.com

15 comments on “The Christmas Elf

  1. Shawn MacKENZIE
    December 30, 2012

    Nothing like a good labour movement to keep the frostbite at bay.


  2. thiskidreviewsbooks
    December 30, 2012

    Love it!


    • ontheplumtree
      December 30, 2012

      My elf is political, Erik! The beginning of the labour movement for elves calling for equal rights for female elves, as well as holidays!


  3. DiAnne Ebejer
    December 30, 2012

    Ha! Love this!


    • ontheplumtree
      December 30, 2012

      Bit of fun! insurrection in the ranks…After all, I do think Santa should reward his elves…he is a bit of a sleigh driver!


  4. Joss Landry
    December 30, 2012

    Love the little jingle. Beautifully positive for this bright and warm time of year… well, cold outside, but warm inside. We’ve just been hit with 48 centimeters of snow. Lots of shovelling and lots of snowmen rising everywhere. All that’s missing is the sleigh.


    • ontheplumtree
      December 30, 2012

      I am sure that won’t stop you from having fun, Joss! P.s. Gonna feature you on the blog in the new Year!


  5. Patricia Tilton
    December 31, 2012

    Very cute! Loved your take on Jingle Bells. Happy New Year!


  6. the secret keeper
    December 31, 2012

    I didn’t know the elf jumped down from santa’s sleigh and landed on the plum tree. she/he looks so devilishly cute and adorable. Great poem to rebel to. Love them both. jk. ps, you did good kiddo. 😉


  7. mapelba
    January 1, 2013

    I certainly hope Santa has fair labor practices. I rather expect Santa to be a role model in many ways.


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