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Somewhere on the Mountains, our Photographers , the Pierce Brothers and Sasha

have waited for Santa Claus to come out of the White Star and when he does a big

HO HO HO and a special one for Sasha, he yells Merry Christmas as they get their

magic photo dust!

Merry Christmas


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Vol 4 December 2022 issue 12

6 6 Hey Pete! Printing your ELF Stamp!

9 Biz Cards board!! Hey its free


11 Jerry’s New Life … Christmas Story

14 7 Safe Ways to Celebrate Christmas That

Have Nothing to Do With Zoom

18 Retailers need to stoke the Christmas

spirit to hit lofty holiday sales targets

23 December 7 th 1941

24 DAV Card

25 Christmas Card to our readers

Outside Sources On This Month issue

Santa Claus / Lisa Milbrand

Front Cover..

Picture by Oliver Pierce

“Waiting for Santa to come out of his star!”

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Vol 4 December 2022 issue 12


From Pete’s Desk

To our readers:

This has been a year and for some of

you getting your Christmas

decorations is plus for your home and

because of this it has put all of us in

a strong Christmas spirit, Santa and ELFS Books & Magazine

gave us the go ahead. My staff and I have put together a

Christmassy magazine and stories, from Santa Claus to make

this holiday a loved one. We got the permission from Santa

History Library, the story of “Jerry’s New Life” written about


This is our 4 th Santa and the staff decided to make the

magazine look like an old fashion book and the staff along with

Santa wants to keep this design!

We hope you enjoy this Christmas edition and like always we

hope we made your Christmas shopping easy.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



Santa Claus made a stop somewhere in the World to give a present

only to learn that Joe gave his life for freedom. With tears in his

eyes he kneeled, and then he took off to drop off his presents. He

was amazed to see presents at veteran’s doors and to those who live

in tents, HoHoHo he let out a laugh and laid extra presents under

their Christmas tree for the love and kindness these people and

their children did!! Blessings to you and your family -- Have a

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Made Available by Elf’s Publishing Inc


Printing your ELF Stamp!

It is back again the most desirable

stamp this time of the year, an ELF


I found it some yrs ago and used on my

grandchildren‟s presents and it kept the miracle of Christmas alive for few

more yrs.

Press “PrtScn or Print Screen” on your keyboard then load “windows

paint” and paste it, with the select tool outline the whole ELF STAMP

then select crop then print it and use school paste (the blue one) with your

finger smear a very lightly amount… Works great especially on 13 yr

olds, have a very Merry Christmas

Or press Zazzle link to buy elf certified stamp stickers!


Some more of Santa elf‟s mailing dept…





By Nomar Shaw

The Legend of St. Nicholas: The Real Santa Claus

Where does Santa Claus live, where is Lapland and where

is the North Pole?

Real Santa Claus Images

Is Santa Claus Real?


Jerry‟s New Life

Jerry‟s life crashed when the factory closed its doors some 5 yrs

ago and everything crumbled for him. His mother and father died

after an avalanche heading home and Grandpa died 3 yrs ago. The

house was good enough for using it as a work shop, so, he attached

the medium trailer to rebuild the portion of the house that

crumbled. Winter, when it hits these valleys gets you stuck in your

home from all the snow. So, in Jerry‟s life he builds toys, tools for

dads and knit tablecloths for moms and he takes them to town and

sells them before Christmas. So, there won‟t be any Christmas

from the blizzard. Jerry was snowed in so he could not come up

with a fix, his ideas faded away; he looked up in desperation and

said “Lord, What do I do now?” Then he heard a knock on the

cabin door, he went to the door opened it and was surprised on

what he saw.

FOOD, all kinds of food in the box, enough for him for the next 3

months, but, what got him there were no tracks of any kind in the

snow! “Well, (why he scratches his head) it has to be either Santa

Claus or the Lord”

He brought the big box of food inside and he spent 3 hrs putting

cans food in his arms, when he got done, he looked in the box and

was absolutely amazed how all this food could fit in it. So, he took

toys for kids, tools for Dads and tablecloths for wives. When got

done, he lifted the box up and to his surprise, it weighed hardly

anything and put it out side.


Jerry made a great dinner and it‟s been a long time since he had a

dinner like this, washed his pot and pans, his plate and silverware,

put on his bed clothes and went to sleep. The next morning Jerry

went to the door to see how much snow fell and he saw a smaller

box he picked it up and he closed the door. He put it on his bench,

opened it and what he saw made him sit on the bench chair.

Jerry pulled out the money and counted $3500 and there was a note

and it said:

Needless to say Jerry was jumping up and down celebrating

everything he can get ready for. Well folks, that is the story of

Jerry and Santa Claus, they met and through it all Santa took Jerry

and all of his stuff and he is tops with

making all sort of toys and stuff.

Be good always believe in God and Santa

Claus stuff. Claus

Merry Christmas

Elf History Library circa 1950’s loaned to CEoMC



7 Safe Ways to Celebrate Christmas That Have

Nothing to Do With Zoom

Here‟s how to find joy this holiday season—even if coronavirus cases change your


By Lisa Milbrand


Click on REALSIMPLE for the main site or Lisa’s

This Christmas, it may be hard not to feel a little Grinchy. But before you say,

“Bah, humbug,” and try to fast forward into the New Year, look for ways to find

some fun this holiday season. The coronavirus pandemic may mean your Christmas

won‟t look exactly the same as it usually does, but you can get creative and find


some new ways to celebrate—and some of your ideas may be so good you‟ll make

some new traditions along the way.

Here‟s how to make your Christmas special, even if concerns about COVID-19

mean you‟ll have to celebrate the holidays away from your friends and family.

1 Prioritize the traditions that matter most to you

“Think about what is the essence of the holiday for you, so you can try to preserve

it,” says happiness expert Gretchen Rubin, author of Happier at Home. “Even if

you‟re not doing everything you used to, you can set up the holiday decorations, if

that‟s really important, or make the special foods you love.”

RELATED: How to Put Lights on a Christmas Tree

2 Do your gift shopping and shipping early

Since more people will be shopping online to avoid the stores, shipping companies

will be inundated—so you‟ll want to shop and send gifts early to make sure they

arrive right on time. (Check the USPS holiday shipping deadlines to make sure

you‟re on track.)


3 Trim a tree outdoors

Since you might be entertaining outdoors more than you usually do this time of

year, this is the year to go overboard with decking out your deck or patio—and

adorning an outdoor-friendly tree (or even a live Christmas tree in a planter) with

LED lights and shatterproof ornaments is the way to go. (Tip: Use twist ties or

florist‟s wire to secure the ornaments to the tree, so they‟ll stay put even in a stiff


Maybe Santa could even leave some of the best outdoorsy Christmas gifts of the

year, such as snowshoes, skis, or sleds, at the outdoor tree, too.

4 Make special memories

Yeah, you and your household members may be a little tired of each other right

now, but think of fun ways to help set the holiday season apart. Create a little

advent calendar with festive activities for each day, rather than a treat. Your

Christmas activities don‟t have to be elaborate—it could just be drinking hot cocoa

together wearing Santa hats or watching one of the best Christmas movies on

Netflix—but it‟ll help make the season brighter.

5 Find ways to make the most of your time with loved ones

To keep everyone as safe as possible, your best bet is following CDC

recommendations and avoiding indoor get-togethers. (An outbreak of COVID is the

Christmas gift that no one wished for.) And that means if you live in the northern

part of the country, your time together will probably need to be briefer (and chillier)

than you‟d probably like. Zoom fatigue is real, though: If you can, make events inperson

and outdoors, even if it means a quick chat while everyone‟s bundled up.

When gathering in person outdoors, consider keeping celebrations to the daytime

hours, when it might be a little bit warmer and more comfortable to spend time

outside. Look for outdoor activities that can be socially distanced and keep you

active, like sledding or snow-fort making. And don‟t forget to serve hot foods and

drinks to help keep everyone toasty. Do your Secret Santa or white elephant gift

exchange around an outdoor picnic table or fire pit; for ugly sweater competitions,


strategize layering options so you can show off your light-up sweater and stay warm

at the same time.

6 Spread some joy

If 2020 has taught us anything, it‟s how much the people in our lives mean to us, so

go ahead and spread some happiness where you can. Write down how much the

people you love mean to you and send it out to them. Make Christmas cookies and

leave some with your friends and neighbors—or drop off pizza or other treats at a

local nursing home, hospital, or fire department to brighten the lives of the people


RELATED: 23 Amazing Gift Ideas That Don‟t Cost A Thing

7 Remember that what’s different may make this holiday more special

You may not remember exactly what happened at the holidays from year to year,

but when something this different happens, it‟ll stick out. “Things that go wrong

often make the best memories,” Rubin says. “This exceptional holiday season will

probably be more memorable because it‟s so different. We just have to find a way

to make the most of it.”

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Retailers need to stoke the Christmas spirit

to hit lofty holiday sales targets

Published Wed, Dec 1 2021 3:11 PM EST Updated Thu, Dec 2 2021 11:13 AM EST

Melissa Repko @melissa_repko

Lauren Thomas @laurenthomas

Key Points

Target, Walmart and other retailers hope to keep holiday sales going strong in

December, despite a wave of early holiday shopping, scarcer deals and new concerns

over the omicron variant.

The total number of shoppers and average spending dropped during the extended

Thanksgiving weekend compared with each of the past two years, according to the

National Retail Federation.

The trade group has reiterated its forecast for a record holiday season and

projected a total of between $843.4 billion and $859 billion of sales in November and



Shoppers ascend and descend an escalator at the Willow Grove Park Mall in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, November 14,


Mark Makela | Reuters

Is it beginning to look a lot like Christmas? Perhaps not, this year.

With 24 days until the big holiday, retailers hope consumers will keep spending. Shoppers

started purchasing holiday gifts early this year, but the Thanksgiving weekend shopping events,

from Black Friday to Cyber Monday, weren‟t as strong as some had hoped.

Although analysts expect retail sales will hit lofty expectations, there is a lack of holiday buzz,

according to Deborah Weinswig, founder and CEO of Coresight Research.

“Typically, people are like „How‟s your holiday shopping going? What are you getting so-andso?,‟”

she said. “I feel like some of that we don‟t have this year — and I‟m not sure why it is.”

She said that could be due to consumers feeling distracted by the return of family gatherings

and bigger parties, disenchanted by inflated prices or more measured about their shopping

approach as they work ahead to avoid out-of-stocks and shipping delays.

And while she anticipates that retailers will put up a solid performance, she said it will be

interesting to see how much of that comes from inflation and more merchandise that is bought

at full price rather than an increase in volume sold.

‘Halftime’ instead of the kickoff

Retailers including Amazon, Walmart and Target blasted holiday deals and Black Friday-style

promotions as early as October. Consumers had other motivators this holiday season to buy

gifts early, too. Instead of chasing deep discounts or nabbing the hot, must-have gift, many had

fears of not finding anything worth buying because of supply chain woes. For months, shoppers

heard about temporarily shuttered factories, congested ports and a shortage of truck drivers.

That wave of early shopping may have stolen some of the thunder from major shopping

holidays, including Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The total number of shoppers and average

spending dropped during Thanksgiving weekend, which spans from Thursday to Cyber

Monday, according to the National Retail Federation. Nearly 180 million Americans shopped

during the five-day holiday weekend compared with about 186 million shoppers in 2020 and

about 190 million in 2019, the trade group said.

Average spending fell, too, with Thanksgiving weekend shoppers forking over an average of

$301.27 on holiday-related purchases versus $311.75 in 2020 and $361.90 in 2019, NRF said.

Consumers spent $10.7 billion on Cyber Monday, marking a 1.4% decrease from year-ago

levels, according to data released Tuesday by Adobe Analytics. That is the first time that Adobe

has tracked a slowdown in spending on major shopping days since it started reporting on e-


commerce transactions in 2012. However, it comes after last holiday season when spending on

the shopping holiday grew by 15.1% versus 2019.

The price point of shopping carts rose by nearly 14% on Cyber Monday — and 19% for the

holiday season overall — as some shoppers bought big-ticket items like furniture and others felt

the pang of inflation, Adobe said.

NRF CEO Matt Shay said early shopping has shaken up the role of peak sales days. Consumers

started buying gifts, decor and more in October a year ago to avoid crowds. This year, supply

chain concerns pushed up that timetable once again.

“The Thanksgiving weekend and Black Friday, in particular, are closer to halftime now than the

kickoff,” he said.

Shay said NRF stands by its forecast for a record holiday season. The trade group projected

spending in November and December will rise between 8.5% and 10.5%, for a total of between

$843.4 billion and $859 billion of sales.

Holiday retail sales have risen by 4.4% on average over the past five years, NRF said. Last year,

they hit an all-time high of $777.3 billion, which represented a 8.2% year over year jump.

Steve Sadove, former chairman and CEO of Saks and a current senior advisor for Mastercard,

said he expects a strong season for the retail industry. He points to pent-up demand among

consumers who have higher levels of savings.

Mastercard SpendingPulse forecasts U.S. retail sales, excluding autos and gas, to grow 7.4%

from Nov. 1 to Dec. 24 from year-ago levels. It sees sales up 11.1% compared with 2019.

And Sadove reiterated that expectation even after some data showed Black Friday and Cyber

Monday demand tapering from each of the past two prior years. Mastercard sees particular

strength in the luxury space, jewelry and apparel, compared with 2020 and 2019 levels.

“Clearly, it‟s been a spread out season,” he said. “Retailers started their promotions early. Black

Friday wasn‟t about just that day.”

A new variant and scarce deals

To hit high expectations, retailers will have to overcome fears of the new strain of the

coronavirus, nudge shoppers to buy despite scarce deals and fight off a potential December lull.

News of the omicron variant broke just as Black Friday shoppers geared up for store visits.

Some shoppers have run into unavailable items. Out-of-stock messages surged by 169% in the

month of November compared to pre-pandemic levels in January 2020, according to data from

Adobe Analytics. They are more than triple (258%) the levels of November 2019.


And discounting has been lackluster — even on shopping holidays. On Cyber Monday, for

instance, discount levels for electronics were 12% off versus 27% last year, TVs were 13% off

versus 18% last year and appliances were 8% off versus 20% last year, according to Adobe.

Those discounts are expected to fade even more and settle into the 5% to 10% range in the

weeks ahead, the company predicted.

NRF‟s Shay said the omicron variant could actually lead to more sales for retailers. He said

some consumers who had planned to book a trip, buy theater tickets or give another experiential

gift may opt for goods instead.

And even as public health officials and consumers learn more about the variant, he said “there‟s

no need to panic.” He said the backdrop looks very different this holiday season, thanks to the

majority of Americans being fully vaccinated.

“We remain confident that we will continue to have a very positive trajectory in the overall

economy and specifically, the retail industry, for this holiday season,” he said.

Fighting December lull

A wave of early shopping could increase the risk of a December lull, said Craig Johnson,

founder of the consumer research firm CGP.

The December lull in the retail industry refers to those few weeks after Black Friday and Cyber

Monday and before the final days leading up to Christmas Eve when consumers may feel

shopped out and decide to put their wallets aside for a pause in spending.

Johnson said he has tracked the lull for more than a decade. As retailers pull promotions earlier

and earlier into the season, they can steal sales from later in the season without increasing

overall demand, he said.

“People are either de-energized or they‟re taking a breather,” he said.

According to his company‟s estimates, U.S. retail sales online and in stores on Black Friday

totaled a record $34.9 billion, up 18% from a year earlier and up 12% from 2019. It is

forecasting sales for the entire holiday season, including November and December, to be up

6.7% year over year.

He said two wildcards — the omicron variant and the rise of smash-and-grab crimes — could

spook customers from returning to stores. In recent weeks, Best Buy, Nordstrom and Louis

Vuitton have all been targets of organized retail crime.

“That puts a damper on everything,” Johnson said. “There could be an exacerbated December

lull if that activity keeps popping.”


NRF‟s Shay said shoppers still have plenty of gifts to buy. About 84% of shoppers said they

have already started holiday purchases, according to a survey of nearly 6,000 consumers in late

November by the trade group. On average, they said they have completed about 52% of their

holiday purchases, the survey found — meaning they have a little under half of their purchases

still to make.

Extended discounts, shoppable events and new merchandise are among the ways that retailers

aim to grab attention and sustain momentum.

The day after Cyber Monday, Rent the Runway sent an email to potential customers saying its

one-day-only sale had been extended for another day. Fashion retailer Rebecca Minkoff‟s

marketing email blasted out on Tuesday read: “Surprise! It‟s Cyber Tuesday!” Athletic apparel

maker Bandier extended its deals. Department store chain Saks Fifth Avenue also had a twoday

Cyber Monday promotion, similar to previous years.

Target will debut a limited-time collection of nearly 300 Lego-themed items in early December

on its website and in stores. It will include colorful clothing, home goods, pet accessories and

more. The big-box retailer has a long history of using short-term collaborations with brands,

such as Hunter, Lilly Pulitzer and more, as a way to drive foot traffic and web traffic.

And Walmart will have more than 30 livestreaming events over the holidays to point out

products people may want to add to the gift list.

Delayed shipments: A blessing or a curse

Delayed shipments could be a blessing in disguise for some retailers, if they receive inventory

in the next week or two that could freshen up store displays and fill up emptying shelves,

Johnson said.

“There may be a silver lining that alleviates some of the early December lull issues,” he said.

“But I think the risk is still more to the downside than the upside.”

Retailers could lure some people back to spend more money if they clearly communicate about

new inventory or new deals, said Adam Pressman, a partner at the multi-industry consulting

firm AlixPartners. Not everyone will have the flexibility to expand their budgets, he said, but

some consumers do.

“Customers who were buying in early October versus potentially the end of November might be

open to additional purchases or other things that are coming back into stock,” he said.

Mastercard‟s Sadove said the biggest challenges could come after the holidays. Retailers may

receive a delayed shipments of inventory that is out of season, and wind up with a glut of items.

That would trigger a higher level of markdowns.


“The supply chain could mess things up quite a bit,” he said. “Let‟s say you‟re a retailer that has

Christmas trim that comes in February.

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As American and Veteran I will never forget all those who served and

perished. For those who are still here you’re not alone, enjoy your

grandchildren and great grandchildren. At 11:48 am central times (7:48 am

Hawaii) give a toast to their memory, with tears in my eyes, to all the

brothers and sisters that gave it all, salute!



From my family and staff to your family, have a

Merry Christmas and May Peace dwell in your home.


Peter Nadal, Pam Kennoy, Rodrigo Esperanza,

Nomar Shaw, Diane G and Big Poppa


The Nanomites


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