She didn't go 'Achoo, Achoo, Achoo'. No, not even once.
There was no need you see.
Although it may be perceived to be a tad perturbing, being stuck up in a chimney (or any enclosed space) it actually wasn't too bad at all.
It mustn't have been because it didn't just happen once. Oh no, it happened twice - on two Saturdays in a row, one right after the other, just like that. I didn't learn from the first three hour experience it seems, so like a lamb to the slaughter I went back for more!
Santa's Chimney was simply too tempting to resist you see....
I had no choice, I just had to go in.
It's okay though, I wasn't alone. I was soon joined by lots and lots of little people, of various ages with an accompanying variety of familial adults, who just had to enter Santa's chimney for the experience. I mean, it's not every day you get to climb up Santa's chimney in his secret lift, is it?
And besides, I did encourage them all to enter. Dressed appropriately as I was, of course....
Jazzy Elevator Elf
Sure how could they resist? They were either charmed or frightened aboard by the silly Jazzy Elevator Elf!
When 'Jazzy got stuck up Santa's Chimney' there were more utterances of 'Ho Ho Ho' than 'Achoo, Achoo, Achoo' Or the odd rendition of 'Jingle Bells' when
the lift Santa's Secret Chimney-Lift decided not to co-operate!
It was wonderful to meet all the lovely children, most of whom were enchanted by the magic of it all. To see their wonderment when the climb through Santa's Chimney led directly to his magical grotto, with the lovely Santa and his Magic Postbox waiting for them, made being stuck up the chimney SO worth it. Some of the adults were wowed too, it must be said!
Of course, some children were a bit over-whelmed and afraid, but we Elves and Santa himself soon brought them around.
There were also those 'too-cool-for-school' pre or early teens who were entirely under-whelmed by the whole experience, and who couldn't wait to pronounce the 'truth' about Santa's Chimney to one and all. We Elves dealt appropriately with them too ;-)
Then there was the bright kid - the 6 year old who not only made the same pronouncement as the teens but started to comment on my ..... um..... suitability as an Elf : 'I know you're an Elf but you look like.....' For fear that he'd finish that sentence with 'Santa's Granny' I promptly
shut him up distracted him!!
I had a lovely time being stuck up Santa's Chimney - how I looked did not concern me one little bit - helping to sprinkle some festive magic and instilling a belief in Santa for a whole new generation.
Besides, as Santa no longer comes to my house I had to go to his...
Wherever you are in the world I send some festive joy and a sprinkling of Magical Christmas to you and yours.
May Christmas 2013 be a happy and peaceful one.