I live in the Father Christmas Training School and my job is to look after Nick, who is the Chief Father Christmas, and keep an eye on all the other Father Christmases, and that's quite a task, I can tell you!
Of course, there are some Mother Christmases too, but not very many at the moment - I could do with more help. The trouble is that most of the FCs (we call them that for short), really don't have a lot of common sense. You see Nick will select them for their ability to relate to children, which is all well and good, but it does mean that they tend to ignore some things. Take Tingle, for example: I caught him putting a box of fireworks in a six year old's stocking the other day! All he could say was that he thought the little girl would think they were pretty. He has a terrible effect on our insurance premiums.
Nick isn't much better, despite my years of training him. He will put too many sweets in, and then, if I make him take them out, he eats them himself, and you can imagine what that does.
Talking of Nick, I'm pleased to say he's much better now. I put him on a course of Dr Repairall's Nourishing Tonic and it did wonders for him. Of course, he asserts that his recovery was down to the adventure he had with Grumbo and Tingle when they went off down the fire escape with the boys - I find it better to let him keep his illusions. - They're mostly harmless.
Grumbo has been quite quiet for a while since then. I'd like to think he's settling down, but I doubt it. I suspect he was just a little bit shocked by the incident with the volcano. Tingle, of course, is as ebullient as ever - I am expecting further complaints from Mr Catsbottom this Christmas or my name isn't May! He's been harbouring resentment against that poor man all year, ever since Miss MacGrammar made him write out the apology letter without spelling mistakes and in his best handwriting last New Year.
Well, time to go and make the Christmas puddings. I'm trying a new recipe this year with apricots and pecan nuts in it. I'll post a copy of the recipe if they turn out nicely