Pause for the Claus

Photo by: Dale Rogerson

The view over the Alaskan lake from the snow-covered gazebo was amazing, but not as amazing as the little fellow sitting a few feet from Hal.

“I never figured you took breaks,” said Hal.

“I take lots of ’em,” said Santa.

“Like this?” said Hal, pouring more brandy in the jolly old elf’s hot chocolate.

“Pause for the Claus.” He took a long pull. “Besides even grownups need to believe.”

Hal gave Santa a skosh more chocolate, the rest, strong brandy. “I believe. Didn’t expect you wanted brandy.”

“I do it for the kids.” Santa winked. “They expect rosy cheeks.”
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Written for the Friday Fictioneers: https://rochellewisoff.com/2019/12/18/20-december-2019/

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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22 Responses to Pause for the Claus

  1. Dale says:

    This was absolutely wonderful, Eric! Love it!

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  2. draliman says:

    A lovely story for Christmas! Hey, wait a mo, I hope he’s not too sloshed to bring me my presents…

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  3. Iain Kelly says:

    All those kids, no wonder he needs a break and some brandy!

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  4. Dear Eric,

    I love the face you gave Jolly Old St. Nick. Now we know why those cheeks are so rosy. 😉 Good one.

    Happy Holiday Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  5. msjadeli says:

    I never pegged Santa for a lush! What a fun story. Cheers!

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  6. James McEwan says:

    My goodness Santa. I expect every alcoholic has a plausible excuse that they firmly believe. But then again he needs the burning fuel to get to every single house in one night.

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  7. Lyn says:

    Let’s hear it for the Claus! Santa needs something to keep him warm flying around the world overnight and half of it in freezing conditions 😀

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  8. Well done, Eric. People never stop to appreciate the sacrifices Santa makes to keep up appearances and meet the expectations of the children. I raise my cup. “Here’s to Santa.”

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  9. granonine says:

    Very cute, made me smile at the end.

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  10. List of X says:

    I guess you have to be drunk to ride reindeer and try to get into strangers’ houses through the chimney.

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  11. Geri Lawhon says:

    Great post. I love the idea of the rosy cheeks. I needed a laugh this morning, and you provided it. Thanks.

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