|About Me - Elf Izo (pronounced eye-zo)|
|When I was very, very, very young - oh that's one thing about me... Some people tell me that I keep repeating words. You see when I was young everyone always used to say: Ho Ho Ho Izo... so I thought my name was Ho Ho Ho Izo.|
|But when I got a little older and went to Jolly Holly High School other elves told me that -no- my name is just Izo! But I can't get this Ho Ho Ho out of my head - and that's why I say very, very, very or merry, merry, merry or more, more, more... 3 words at a time. This mostly happens when I get excited - which around this time of year, happens all, I mean -ALL- the time.|
|Another thing about me, well about my great, great, great grandfather (I'm suppose to say that one 3 times). Oh this gets soOoOo confusing! You see sometimes when I say great, great, great grandfather people stop me and ask - do you mean your grandfather? I have to say NO, I mean my great, great, great grandfather! Other times, I say my great, great, great, grandfather and people say do you mean your great, great, great grandfather - and I say NO, my grandfather - I was just excited!! So I started calling any grand-person with 'great' three times in their name just 'G4' -- well I was calling them G4 -- that is until one wise-cracking elf friend of mine asked me if I was talking about G4 (my grandfather) or G4 my grandmother? OMG arrhhh!|
|Anyway G4 (my grandfather), well, he's the one that made the first colored candy cane. Before that all candy canes were pure white as snow! But one night there was a BIG, BIG, BIG snow storm right before Santa brought all the toys to everyone and G4 (grandfather) had to make many, many, many more candy canes because everyone ate all the canes BEFORE Santa's big night! G4 was in charge of making the new candy canes during the storm - BUT no one could see anything in the heavy falling snow. He had the brilliant idea that if he mixed in some of the red peppermint glaze candy that we use on the rooftops here that we could see the candy canes as we were making them. It worked!! By the end of the snowfall we had plenty of candy canes for the whole world - and everyone thought the canes tasted even more delicious and yummy then ever before! So that's how we got the red and white colored candy canes we still make today.|
|What my PaPa does up here is work on the Christmas tree light-bulb team. He is one of the hundreds of official Elves who keep every bulb on the tree bright. Each time a bulb goes dim, he reaches in his pocket and -poof- pulls out a fresh one to replace it. It's amazing because no one ever sees these Elves put bulbs INTO their pockets! Magical, magical, magical I tell you - every time I see them changing bulbs. You can sit there for hours or days and watch and you'll never see any elf put any bulbs into their pockets.|
|Sometime I go out to the barn to play with the baby reindeer! OMG they are soOoOo cute - especially when they are learning to fly. They get all wound up - wind, wind, wind - jump - and then with their big eyes look round, and around and round at everyone hoping ... wishing ... but oh - not this time little fellow. Keep trying! I go there many times a day to encourage them to try again to fly - and some year when they get bigger they will be able to fly, fly, fly like all the other reindeer here!|
|The only trouble I have here at North Pole is when I whistle too much. Even Santa, who also loves to whistle - well, sometimes Santa has to ask me to stop whistling for a short while. You see, one of the things we do here is to whistle as we work and make toys. Most elves traditionally whistle many melodies -but- all their melodies sound like their own Elf names. My problem is that, well let me ask you - have YOU ever tried to whistle a "Z"? I mean come on everyone - Z'sss are for sleeping, not whistling! As you can guess, I try and try and try but it doesn't sound very good. I think that's why even Santa, after hours of hearing me, asks me very politely to 'take a rest' for a while. But he always tells me: Izo try, try, try again tomorrow. So I do!|
|I think I have one of the most fun jobs in the whole wide, wide, wide world because I get to practice what I love doing - designing toys! Even though I am only an apprentice in the Master Toy Design department I get to make things that are FUN - I mean really, really, really FUN for everyone! The best moments of my job are definitely when I am rolling on the shop floor just laughing and laughing soOoOoOo hard from toy ideas -and sometimes- Santa walks by, sees me - and he can't help it but Santa starts laughing and tearing and laughing too! OHHH, this is why I love being an Elf - because I know that in Santa eyes - everyone is just perfect the way they are and he never gets mad. Even if I don't whistle too well and laugh on the job too much - we all are merry, merry, merry together!|
|One time I thought that I might ask my Santa gift to be that everyone just go back to calling me Ho Ho Ho Izo. Anyone can whistle 'that tune' - even me - and the other elves will then understand why I say some words 3 times in a row! But then I thought, -NO-, I am who I am - it's okay being a little bit different... it makes me unique, and that is something we all can celebrate because we are all unique in our own special ways. Santa knows this - and makes sure everyone knows they are special too!|
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