It’s “Elfing” Time!

Dear Reader:

With my loyal doll, Polly, looking on, my assistant elf, (*I got Polly for Christmas when I was five) Grandmother Boo, the Head Elf, is starting to finish up all the last tasks still left to complete… during the “Twelve Days of Christmas” …starting with the stockings.

I will hang them Christmas Eve afternoon before the grandchildren come to Boo Boo’s (before the Christmas Eve church service) to open up their Boo Boo stockings and play with the toys inside…culminating with their annual “snow ball” fight!

Last night I went over to Mandy’s and John’s to keep the children while they attended an annual Christmas party. I took a new Christmas book with me to read…a sweet story called Dasher by Matt Tavares…a best seller on the New York Times Best-seller list!

The illustrations in it are glorious and I found myself forgetting to read the lines…distracted by the exquisite paintings.

Dasher is the story of how a brave little doe met Santa and changed Christmas forever. I am not going to tell the story here in completion…no “spoiler alert” but I will share with you the foreword explaining the concept behind the story. (I fell in love with it! Can hardly wait to read it tonight to the children.)

It all starts with ‘Mother Reindeer’s story of the celestial compass called the North Star… and how once upon a time their family had lived in the cold, snowy land in which they were born before being taken. Of all the reindeer Dasher takes mother’s story to heart and decides to follow the north star if she ever gets the opportunity to escape.


This touching story…metaphorically connects this story to the slaves who also followed the North Star…and the magical power of this celestial compass that leads people and animals back home to freedom… fulfilling their lives as destined.

So until tomorrow…Take time to read Christmas stories together…because ‘elusive time’ stands still for no man or woman or child.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh




About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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1 Response to It’s “Elfing” Time!

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Ok…now I need to get a copy of this…will be by this week for a visit.


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