Donner looked himself over in the mirror, made miniscule adjustments to his clothing and brushed invisible specks of imperfection from his fur. He glanced at the clock and saw it was precisely one o’clock. Satisfied, he grabbed his walking cane and headed out for his daily stroll.

He loved these walks as much for the routine as for the exercise. But today, as soon as his walk took him to the main street, Donner knew something non-routine was going on.

Groups of reindeer, fairies and even some of the town elfs stood in front of the doorways to the shops. Donner approached the nearest group.

“I say,” he said with his affected English accent, “What is all this…” He trailed off when the others pointed to a sign on the door. He read:

Effective Immediately:

1) Gatherings of more than three are forbidden;
2) No one is permitted outside after 5 pm or before 9 am;
3) The establishment, Vixen’s, is closed until further notice;
4) The chewing of gum is prohibited.

These measures will be strictly enforced by order of:

This was followed by a stamp of the ESS logo.

“Why, this is absurd,” Donner said. “Something ought to be done.” The others mumbled in agreement.

Then again, thought Donner, he rarely gathered with anyone, never went outside except for his daily stroll, had never patronized Vixen’s, and would never chew gum. His routine unperturbed, he shrugged and went on his way.


Moral:  Routine can be handy. And don’t chew gum.

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BlogFestivus 2012 Day 7: Donner
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13 thoughts on “BlogFestivus 2012 Day 7: Donner

  • 12-17-2012 at 1:09 pm

    If you start rounding up reindeer in rail-cars, I’m outta here. 🙂

    • 12-17-2012 at 1:14 pm

      Good to know where the line is. Really. I have to admit I had “kristallnacht” go through my mind as I was writing this. Maybe using ‘ESS’ (with its sinister ‘SS’) wasn’t such a good idea…

      • 12-17-2012 at 1:20 pm

        No, I think it was a great idea! Just, ya know, maybe stop short of a full on reindeer holocaust.

  • 12-17-2012 at 1:44 pm

    Oh what the hell…blow ’em all up, I say. Very few casualties this BlogFestivus. Where’s the fun in that? 😉

    • 12-17-2012 at 1:46 pm

      I know! I think I’ve only got one casualty (so far). What gives?

    • 12-20-2012 at 5:10 pm

      Right on, brother!

  • 12-20-2012 at 7:28 am

    It’s a great idea. I just want to point out, for the record, that my wife and I also discussed the idea of Nazi reindeer. We rejected it for my stories as too far out there for Christmas.

    I love you, man! 🙂

    • 12-20-2012 at 5:13 pm

      I’m thrilled that you also thought of the Nazi angle. It makes me feel like I’m in good company.

      Good for you to have the self-control to back off from it, though. After all, ’tis the season, etc.

  • 12-20-2012 at 11:27 am

    Well I’m okay. I don’t gather in groups, I rarely venture outside. I haven’t been to Vixen’s (although I’d like to) and I don’t chew gum. Phew! I’m safe from the ESS. 🙂

    • 12-20-2012 at 5:14 pm

      I’m glad you’re safe. Same here to all you wrote!


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