SANTA CLAUSE ACCUSED OF NOT TAKING PAY FOR DELIVERY FEES
by Kenneth Harper Finton ©2014
Claus checked his ledgers in Quickbooks. It was not a task he enjoyed.
He fondly remembered the days when the smoke encircled his head like a wreath. He quit smoking a pipe a decade or two ago, but he still missed the pungent aroma of his tobacco. What he did not miss was the sore tongue and hacking cough he would often get.
When Christmas was taken over by the corporate gift manufacturers he had shaken his head and withdrawn in total disbelief. “How could they corner the market on gifts so quickly,” Claus remembered saying.
He had long since had to retire much of his elf force. The elves just could not compete with the prices the corporations charged for general gifts of all shapes and sizes. Soon metal toys replaced his home-made-by-elfen-hands wooden…
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