Fiction On Odyssey: A Christmas Story Told By The Side-Tracked Snowflake

Fiction On Odyssey: A Christmas Story Told By The Side-Tracked Snowflake

It was December 20th, and Santa and his elves were busy at work at the North Pole.


It was December 20th, and Santa and his elves were busy at work at the North Pole.

The reindeer were practicing their flying and stability. Some elves were baking, some were fixing toys, and some were building toys. The head elves Peter and Kent made sure Santa wasn't getting too overwhelmed, helped Mrs. Claus with some things, and made sure the elves were up to check.

Santa makes sure he knew who was on the naughty and nice list, and he helps the elves with the building and fixing of their toys. He also visited the reindeer often. He fed them, pet them, and visited their flying practices. He also practiced flying through the air on the sleigh with them. Some of the young ones took longer to learn things.

Mrs. Claus was really sweet. She was always bubbly, happy, and upbeat. She always tried to look on the bright side of things. She was also expecting a baby.

That's right, she was expecting a baby. No, Mrs. Claus and Santa are young. They're about in their 30s.

Santa has a bit of gray hair, but all over, and only a little chubby.

Santa and Mrs. Claus have a dog named Holly and a cat named Mistletoe. I don't think I've ever met a nicer cat than Mistletoe, and cats have bad rep for being mean and rude. Oh, I'm sorry, I forgot to tell you who I am. I am Snowflake, one of the female elves. I work in the department of dolls and dollhouses for little girls. I love my job, it is my life!

The only thing missing is a boyfriend. Well I guess that's not everything.

You see, I used to have a boyfriend. His name was Herbert. He was an outcast at first because he wanted to work as an elf in the toy factory. He wanted to be a doctor. Everyone made fun of him until he helped several of them with toothaches and pulling out wisdom teeth.

Then, he went to doctor school, and got his doctorate. We were in love, but he broke up with me because the long-distance relationship wasn't working for him. I understood, but I was still heartbroken. I liked him a lot.

My best friend is Candycane, she is my roommate as well. But she works in little girls' coloring books. She draws the outlines of the drawings for the little girls to color in. It's amazing what she does really, it takes creativity and hard work.

Candycane is a lesbian although little kids aren't supposed to know that. But you aren't a little kid, you're a college student, around my age if I were a human.

Candycane has a girlfriend named Eve. We all hang out together and have a lot of fun, but sometimes I feel like a third wheel and it makes me feel lonely. Especially at Christmas time.

Going back to December 20 of last year, that's when Herbert broke up with me. I was having the happiest day when he called and wanted to remain friends.

Everyone says they'll remain friends after a breakup, but it never happens. Not unless you were friends before you dated.

And we weren't.

As stereotypical as it sounds, I love baking gingerbread, gingerbread cookies, and sugar cookies. They're also pretty much all I eat. Elves love to eat sugary things and basically nothing else. It's true.

After Christmas is over, Santa and all the elves go somewhere tropical for a few weeks to get a vacation and get some needed relaxation time. This year we are going to Mexico. We use magic spells, so no humans suspect that it's us- disguising spells.

I love painting, singing, and of course baking.

Well, is there anything else you'd like to know? Is Rudolph real? No, I'm sad to tell you that he isn't. Santa is, and the elves all are, Mrs. Claus, and the reindeer are too.

We have a school here, everyone is required to have an education of academics, making toys, and baking 101.

You can leave the North Pole if you don't like it. And you can come back if you want as well.

Well, I'm getting sleepy. This hot cocoa was really good. Well now, I know you're college kids, but please do your best to be good so you can be on the nice list. And hey, just be nice in general, always. Have Christmas spirit all year-round.

Alright, goodnight folks, hopefully I'll meet someone soon. Merry Christmas!

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15 Thoughts Every Girl Has In A Tanning Bed

"Haha, imagine if I got stuck."

If you have ever been in a tanning bed, you know it is easily the most boring 10 minutes of your life, and some beds are even longer than that! Unless you have a really good playlist of songs or you can take a quick nap, you usually just lay there, staring at the lights while the bed whirs and colors your skin. Here's just a few thoughts every girl has while in a tanning bed:

1) I hope I put enough lotion on... maybe I should get out and put on more...

No matter how much you think you used, you should always use more. Somehow it's better and you get more tan.

2) Maybe if I keep the fan on I'll sweat more and burn more calories….Okay nope can't do it with the fan on.

It gets way too hot in these beds to have that fan off, no matter how many calories you could burn.

3) Maybe if I put the towel under my head, I can make a little pillow!

And when there are no towels? Well, that is just a disaster and you have to make do with your hair or shirt.

4) Haha, imagine if I got stuck.

Whenever this thought crosses my mind, I have to lift the bed a little bit to make sure it'll still open and will let me out.

5) Do you think I'm tan yet?

No, 10 minutes is not enough time to become a new shade.

6) Do you think they cleaned this bed? They have to, right?

Although it is on their list of things they have to do, you always wipe it down right before you get in anyway. Just to be sure...

7) Let me put this in my Snapchat story! Cute little emoji... perfect!

Every girl has done this picture at least once.

8) Do you think they can hear me singing? Oh well...

The employees will be getting their own personal rock show today!

9) Is it illegal to tan twice in one day?

Yes, yes it is,...though it doesn't stop you from thinking you can get away with it though.

10) If I don't move, I can't get weird tan lines.

I speak from experience that this is not a true fact though it doesn't stop me from testing it out.

11) I hope my goggles don't give me a raccoon tan.

One can only pray...

12) I've only been in here for five minutes, are you serious?

Beauty and perfection take time!

13) $80 lotion are they serious? Oh my gosh, it smells like pina coladas! Okay, yes, I'm buying a bottle.

Lotions are ridiculously overpriced, but that will not stop you from having the nicest smelling one, like Snooki's brand... because of Snooki.

14) Am I even getting tan? Is this doing anything?

Despite popular belief, it is doing something.

15) Ugh, finally I'm done. And I burnt my butt….

Always. Never fails.

A special thanks to my friend Liza who helped me think of these!

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15 Steamy Summer Date Ideas That Won't Burn Through Your Bank

Don't let date night get repetitive this summer...


With a new season, comes new opportunities for super fun date ideas to keep your love life fresh and fun. I'm sure your favorite brunch place is great, but why not take advantage of the beautiful weather and try out some new things with your significant other this summer?

1. Go to the farmers market.

There is something so refreshing about walking through a farmers market. How could you not be happy when surrounded by fresh fruit, coffee stands, and live music? This is such an easy way to get some sunshine and grab some AMAZING food. My farmers market used to have everything from freshly pressed lemonade to waffle sandwiches. If you want to take the date a step further, find a recipe before you go, and buy fresh ingredients to cook a yummy dinner together later that night.

2. Tie-dye matching T-shirts.

Tie-dye is messy, so take advantage of the beautiful weather and head outside where things can get as messy as you want! What a cute little date souvenir too!

3. Late night ice cream run.

Ice cream is cool and everything, but something about ice cream in the middle of the night seems way more adventurous than a mid-day scoop. And the only time of the year that its going to be warm enough out to get ice cream late at night is, of course, summer!

4. Draw with chalk.

Honestly, your possibilities with this are pretty endless. Drawing contests, hop-scotch, make a masterpiece together, whatever your heart desires. Bring a speaker and maybe some bubbles too while you're at it, sometimes embracing our inner child is a necessary, grounding experience.

5. Throw a barbecue.

Who says spending time together is limited to only the two of you? Cooking together for your friends can be great bonding time too. Invite the crew and spend the afternoon outside at a park or in a backyard. Bring some music and maybe some activities like frisbee or kickball and enjoy some beautiful social time.

6. Take partner dance lessons.

Salsa, tango, swing, rumba, foxtrot, your opportunities are endless. Nobody is saying you have to be good, but how fun will it be to have some new moves to show off next time you and your friends go out dancing or to a concert?

7. Float down a river.

Go with just the two of you or bring some friends, either way, this is a perfect way to spend a few hours out in the sun while staying cool in the water!

8. Take your dogs to the dog park.

Parks are already fun, but when they're full of dogs they're about a million times better! Also, who doesn't love watching their significant other play with puppies?!? It doesn't get cuter than that.

9. Go cliff jumping.

In a safe spot, of course! You know what they say, you should do something that scares you every day...

10. Go on a road trip

A road trip is perfect because it's not as huge of a commitment as going on a real vacation together, but it's still a good little getaway where you are sure to bond a ton. You will have the whole car ride to talk and jam out to each other's favorite songs, how could that not be a grand time?

11. Get artsy and do a photoshoot.

Even if you're not a photographer, its kind of fun to get creative with a camera! Pick a spot somewhere nearby with cool scenery (try golden hour for extra gorgeous photos) and be each other's models. It will be a nice simple date, plus you will get some good Insta content!

12. Go to a sports game.

Plan ahead and get some tickets to go see a sports game in your town or one nearby! Sports games have such a fun upbeat atmosphere, plus fun food, and they're a good excuse to get decked out in fun fan gear!

13. Go mini golfing.

SUCH a cute and fun date idea. Mini-golfing dates never fail to bring out peoples silly sides. Why not make it a competition? Loser buys ice cream for the two of you when you're finished.

14. Go rollerblading.

OK, this one scares me personally, but for anyone with the athletic ability to attempt this, I fully encourage (and envy) you! What cuter sight to see than the two of you holding hands gliding down the city walk together? Just please wear your pads!

15. Have a car wash.

I don't mean go to the car wash together! I mean break out the speaker, the buckets, the sponges, the hose, and get soapy and silly together in the sun. Who knew cleaning could be so much fun?!

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