A Christmas Tradition
When four of Santa's elves got sick the day before Christmas, and the trainee elves could not produce the toys as fast as the regular ones, Santa was beginning to feel the pressure of being behind schedule.
Then Mrs. Claus told Santa that her mother was coming to visit. This stressed Santa out even more.
When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two had jumped the fence and were out, heaven knows where.
Then when he began to load the sleigh one of the boards broke and the toy bag fell to the ground and scattered the toys.
So, frustrated, Santa went into the house for a cup of apple cider with a big shot of rum.
When he went to the cupboard, he discovered that the elves had been into the booze, and there was nothing left to drink. In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider pot, and it broke into hundreds of little pieces all over the kitchen floor.
He went to get the broom and found that mice had eaten off the straw end of the broom.
At that moment the doorbell rang, and grumbling with frustration Santa trudged to the door. He opened the door, and there was a little angel with a great big Christmas tree.
The angel said, very cheerfully, "Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn't it a wonderful day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to put it?"
And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.