Quite a few people, young and old, make very special requests of the elves and me. They will ask us to cure someone they love of a disease like cancer. Some people will ask us if we can bring peace on Earth.
It makes us sad that people have to ask for help. It makes us even sadder that we cannot help them.
You see, there is nothing that the elves and I would love to do more than to find a cure for all the diseases there are. It’s just that, well, while us elves are really good at making toys and other Christmas presents, we just aren’t very good when it comes to medicine and laboratories. I think that’s why we like making toys — because it’s the one thing we can do to make people happy, even if it’s not as important as finding a cure for diseases.
We do know there are lots of people working hard to cure diseases and make people feel better and that gives us lots of hope.
If you feel sad because someone you know has a terrible disease or if you are sad for any other reason, remember that you can always call the great people on our Help Line page.
There are many other things people ask us for that we cannot bring either, like peace on Earth and for wars to stop.
I did actually stop the Great War (or as it is known now, World War I) in 1914 for a very short while on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The soldiers of the two sides even played a friendly game of football (soccer) for a while! Sadly the Christmas Truce did not last and the war started again.
Everyone at the North Pole really wishes there was a lot more that we could do for people. In the end however, I think that there are some things that people have to do for themselves.
P.S. Are you upset with the elves and me that we cannot cure diseases and stop wars? (You can tell me here. Or, scroll down to see what others have written!)