The North Pole's 732nd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on December 1.
Ernie the Tree-Trimming Elf has been working around the clock.
Ernie must have every tree ready
before Santa can throw the switch.
The tree in the center of
Noel Plaza is complete.
So too are the trees that line
either side of the Reindeer Runway,
the tree in the rotunda of
the Toy Design Building
and the tree in Mrs. Santa's kitchen.
Ernie has just one tree left to complete: the Tabletop Tree in the Elf Dining Hall.
Hamilton Elf, the North Pole's chief accountant, recently sent a memo encouraging all department heads to use LED lighting. Citing a frozen economy (Is there any other kind at the North Pole?), Hamilton reasoned that LEDs would help lower energy costs.
In addition, LEDs produce almost no heat,
a quality greatly appreciated by an elf who remembers a time when trees were lit with candles,
and the devastation caused by The Great Toy Factory Fire of 1584.
Ernie has his own way of doing things.
(After all, he's had hundreds of years
to develop an efficient decorating routine.)
His first step is to place the tree topper
(always a big gold star) on the tree,
unlike most tree-trimmers who
save this step for last.
While he works his way
down the tree,
twin elves Martha and Stewart
set the table below.
Over 630 elves live and work at the North Pole. (The exact number is never revealed.) With so many mouths to feed, it’s been a bit of a problem keeping full place settings of any one pattern. (The Rugby Equipment-Testing Elves are particularly hard on the stemware.) So Martha and Stewart have learned to mix and match whenever possible.
Yellow flatware and red wine goblets (Yes, elves are allowed wine at dinner.) are paired with white chargers. White flatware rests along side the yellow chargers and the String Light goblets.
Martha arranges the napkins so they spill out of heavy red water goblets,
while Stewart makes sure the
Tree Light salt and peppers
are available at both ends of the table.
Soon all will be ready for
the Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Tablecloth and placemats: Target
Yellow chargers: Michael's, sprayed yellow
White chargers: Aspen, Crate and Barrel
Dinner plates: Red Coupe, Crate and Barrel
Salad Plates: Christmas Light Dessert Plates, West Elm
String Light Goblets: Christmas Lights, TabbiGlass.com
Red Wine goblets: Thrift Store
Red water goblets: Inherited, no information
Yellow Flatware: Splendente Italian Flatware, NapaStyle
Salt and Peppers: Pfaltzgraff
Alpine Tree: Tai Pan Trading Company
Napkins: fabric from Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts
String lights: GE 200 LED C-9, Lowe’s
LED Tree Topper: WalMart
Place markers: Tree ornaments, Big Lots
Red ladder: trim, dowels, red paint, Lowe’s
Elf: Help me out here.
This is a vintage elf, made in the
style of the Coca Cola Santas.
One of his hands is fashioned so
that he can hold a small coke bottle,
just like the coke santa dolls.
If you know anything about this doll,
please let me know.