Santa and Fluffy walked to the back of the stables and stood in front of what looked like a high-tech handprint scanner…which was exactly what it appeared to be. Santa pressed his hand against it. It sounded a lot like Mrs. Claus saying, “Welcome back Jolly Red.” Santa chuckled cheerfully, “it warms my heart to hear Mrs. Claus’ voice as my greeting.” Fluffy smiled seeing into the deepest areas of Santa’s loving nature.
Fluffy could hardly hide his curiosity any longer as he waited for Santa to give him the okay to follow him beyond the high security door. Beyond the doors were elves and other approved personnel fervently working on various projects. Including a group of penguins in lab coats and safety goggles working on a rocket ship fueled by candy canes.
Just when Fluffy thought he couldn’t be more surprised by what he saw, Santa abruptly stopped and said to Fluffy, “I have met a lot of brave friends that dare to be different over my many years as Santa. Being a mystical character, I know the sadness of being taunted for being different and having others not believe in you. There was a season once when I felt the sadness and loss of belief in so many I doubted myself and my magic was disappearing.”
Fluffy had tears in his eyes listening to Santa. Santa went on, “you see Fluffy we all have a magic light that shines within us, but when we stop believing in who we are and the special magic that makes us who we are, that light dims and may even go out. However, that spark can always be rekindled when we start to feel a little hope and begin to love and accept ourselves for who we are. Sometimes it helps to have someone else believe in us.”
Santa went on, “I’ve created this space and others alike for those who dare to be brave and different. Now someone I believe to be truly proud to be different is Mrs. Claus. Few know this about Mrs. Claus, she’s a rare and magical creature breeder and has specialized friends from all over the world. Her current project is a true beauty and as gentle and majestic as they come…at least in my book.” Seeing Fluffy’s surprised face, Santa winked as he carefully opened the door, as not to startle whatever awaited them inside. Santa opened the door and motioned Fluffy inside.
Fluffy unexpectedly came face to face with the creature, who was gracefully curled up on a soft bed of hay. Santa handed Fluffy a bag of marshmallows. Fluffy was surprised. He would’ve thought it would want an apple or a cube of sugar. Fluffy took a hesitant step forward, not wanting to spook it, as it was much larger than he was. Santa laughed cheerfully, “Fluffy I’d like you to meet my first ever unicorn reindeer, Felicity.” Fluffy inched slowly over to Felicity and offered her a marshmallow. She gently took his offering. Santa said proudly, “she certainly has the gentleness of any unicorn I’ve ever met, and the love for sugary treats just like our reindeer friends.”