I'ma tell it anyhoo.
So, one Christmas I wore a santa hat at my register. Most kids thought I was Santa, despite the fact that I am young skinny girl.
I knew they thought I was Santa cause they would listen and they just stared at me in wonder and awe.
One little girl worked up the nerve to ask me. “A-aare you Santa?”
I giggled a little. “No silly, I'ma elf.”
She gasped. “A eff!” then her eyes narrowed. “You awful taww for an eff.”
I giggled again. “I’m not normally this tall. But because they needed the extra help down here, they gaved me vitamins and vegables, and POOFED, I growed all up!”
She gasped, hiding a little bit behind where my scale was. But she wasn’t quite convinced.
“Den how you get hewe?”
I paused in my checking, leaned over and softly sang. “Rudolph with your nose so bright. Won’t you guide my sleigh to–”
I didn’t even get to finish, cause she was clapping her hands and jumping around.
“Wudolph!? You bwought Wudolph?”
I was like. “Ssssh, it’s a secret.”
She covered her mouth and said much softer. “You.. has Wudolph.. here?”
By this point her parents are either awed, or horrified, I couldn’t quite tell.
I nodded. “He’s double parked outside, but you can’t see him cause he has an invisibility cloak on for his own protection.”
She gasped. “Bu-but, what if de caws can’t see him!”
I shook my head. “Oh Rudi is a smart Reindeer. He knows when to fly to the roof and avoid crowds. I got him plenty of berries and treats so he don’t get too bored.”
She nodded in understanding. Of course I couldn’t just let the most famous reindeer of all just scamper about without the protection of an invisibility cloak.
“Y'know, I couldn’t be here without Rudi. It gets really foggy back home and gosh, it would be horrible to get LOST.”
She was just nodding along.
“D-dussat mean you know…Sanny Claus."
My eyes must have lit up like Christmas trees cause she jumped back and gasped.
"Oh, of course me and Sanny are tight. I mean, he only sends him most trusted elves to walmart.”
“Does he WEALLY have a list?”
I narrowed my eyes. “What did you say your name was again?”
Her eyes got huge. “Lisa.”
“Ahhh, yes, Lisa. On the good list this year. Do you eat your veggies and listen to your parents?” She nodded her head. “D'ya pick up your toys and help out?” She nodded. Her parents nodded too.
“Ahh, I can see why you’re on the good list. And on the count you been so good about keeping me and Rudy’s secret.” She zipped her lips and threw away the key. “Ahh. I guess I could talk to the big guy. Just tell me, what’s something you really really REALLY want, and I’ll make sure he knows.”
At this point both parents are trying to lean in and hear us. I bent down next to her and she cupped her hand to mine and said. “A choo choo train.”
“A choo choo train?” I said as I pulled away, her dad looked ready to break into a celebratory dance. “A train that goes "wooh woooh chugga chugga” she nodded her head.
“Alrighty.” I had already gotten their total ready. I told them their total, took out a piece of paper and wrote “Dear Sanny, Lisa wants a choo choo train” on a piece of receipt tape and handed it, along with her parents.
She was so excited. Her dad was excited too. He picked her up and she kept on waving as they left. Her mom stayed behind.
“I… I just wanted to thank you.”
I shrugged. “It’s all good.”
“No, you don’t understand. She wrote her letter to Santa and mailed it. She wouldn’t let us look at it. We had no idea she wanted a train set. You just… thank you.”
“Your welcome, I’m glad I could help.”
“And.. you .. you had that thing… thought out… like really detailed thought out.”
I shrugged. “I have ADHD ma'am. I know kids ask questions. It’s reckon I’d want answers to the important ones. Merry Christmas.”
“Yes yes… Merry Christmas.”
And that’s probably the coolest fucking thing that’s ever happened to me at work.