2019 September 06 Pop! Pop!

Pop! Pop!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I am beginning to check my list for the first time,” Santa told me on the phone this morning!

 

Just so you know, friends ~ Santa is checking up on you as we speak.

 

This can be a scary situation if you’ve been naughty so far this year.

 

You will have another chance to redeem yourself, but it’s better to be on the nice list both times. Trust me. I’ve worked in Santa’s shop for almost 500 years and I see what happens…hehehe

 

When I was first hired to help make toys, I worked in the whittling area. 

 

Whittling is “to cut, trim, or shape (a stick, a piece of wood, etc.) by carving off bits with a knife.” I would make toy trains and spinning tops. 

 

As times changed and I became a more experienced elf, Santa promoted me to toy making headquarters. I got to read your letters and give the other elves their toy making assignments.

 

There is always music playing and everyone sings along. You’d be surprised we don’t only listen to Christmas tunes.

 

Our special radio device gives us access to all the radio stations in the world! Crazy right?! This gives us the closest taste to the real world as we can get without spoiling the holiday magic.

 

Mrs. Claus serves us breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday we work. There is always lots of sugar involved, but even we need to eat our fruits and vegetables before we get to the desert. 

 

My favorites are sweet corn, strawberries, and apples.

 

Hehehe, isn’t it funny how corn can be eaten in so many different ways?!

 

Some people eat it right off the cob, while others peel it all off. And others…hehehe they pop it and add different sugary toppings to it.

 

I bet you didn’t know that popcorn has been around for thousands of years. It was used in ancient Native American ceremonies. The Aztecs specifically used every part of the corn from the husks, for clothing, to the corn itself, for popping.

 

When the Spanish invaded and took back this delicious item to Europe where it spread. 

 

A Spaniard, called Cobo, wrote “They toast a certain kind of corn until it bursts…and they use it as a confection.” 

 

So while I eat my sweet corn with dinner, I just pretend I’m eating candy. Then I get to eat more candy when I’m done!!

 

Hehehehe,

 

Talk to you next week, friends ~~

BinG

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Sources:

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/whittling

https://www.popcorn.org/Facts-Fun/History-of-Popcorn/Early-History-of-Popcorn