Elf Trixie's Elf Journey

Elf Trixie’s Elf Journey

Elf Trixie's Elf JourneyElf Trixie’s Elf Journey is not an easy story. She never intended to become an elf.

Many do want to become elves. But many are not fully aware of what it takes to learn to become an elf.

As part of the Tracker Elf Conference held during Christmas in July Santa wanted Elf Trixie’s story told.

Why? Well, Trixie is a college student. She is young for an elf. And she is not from the North Pole.

Santa felt that a lot of new tracker elves out there could identify with Trixie’s story.

She had a hard time becoming an elf until she really learned what the Elf Code is all about.

The Elf Code is made up of the letters of the word “Christmas”. Each letter means something. What Trixie learned is that “Christmas” is at the heart of being an elf. A lot of people assume they know what that means.

But Trixie only learned what Christmas really means by actually becoming an elf and doing elf stuff.

We hope by reading what Trixie has to say you might learn a thing or two as well.

Chat Transcript

Elf Crash MurphyHello everyone and welcome to Elf Chat today.
Elf Crash MurphyMy name is Elf Crash Murphy and today we will discuss “Learning to Be an Elf” with Elf Trixie. Trixie, thank you for doing this today.
Elf TrixieCrash? Really? I get to do this with YOU?
Elf Crash MurphySure!
Elf TrixieI’m a little shocked. I love talking with you!
Elf Crash MurphyWhy thank you! I love talking with you too.
Elf TrixieI thought Ernest or maybe Max was going to do this. No offense, but why you?
Elf Crash MurphyI think you let it be known pretty well that you were not ambitious to chat today.
Elf TrixieTrue. This is kind of a personal topic.
Elf Crash MurphyRight. I get you. I know exactly how you feel.
Elf TrixieHuh? You’re a big famous dude, Crash.
Elf Crash MurphyI mean our experience in becoming elves just may be similar.
Elf TrixieReally?
Elf Crash MurphyYeah, you know, I never planned to become an elf. It wasn’t on my radar. It just kind of happened.
Elf TrixieSame. I’m kind of glad to hear that. Gol.
Elf Crash MurphyLearning to Become an Elf is our topic today and it is one Santa wanted on the agenda for this weekend’s Tracker Elf Conference. But you had your hands so full yesterday waiting til today was okay.
Elf TrixieI’m part of the Tracker Elf Conference?
Elf Crash MurphyWell yeah. You’re an important elf, Trixie. Since you started writing those countdown posts on SantaUpdate.com a lot of folks have come to know you. They like you. And the elves here at SantaTrackers.net want to know more.
Elf TrixieI don’t like that, Crash.
Elf Crash MurphyI know. You’re a newsperson. It makes sense you don’t like it.
Elf TrixieThank you. A lot of elves don’t get that.
Elf Crash MurphyWell, I do. But I’d like you to think about something here. You’re not talking about yourself today exactly.
Elf TrixieWhat do you mean?
Elf Crash MurphyYou’re talking about your experience — what you have gone through in becoming an elf. That’s what we are trying to accomplish here today.
Elf TrixieHmmm-kay.
Elf Crash MurphyI talked to Ernest and to Max and even to Santa about this a little bit.
Elf TrixieYou did? (gulp)
Elf Crash MurphyYeah.
Elf TrixieI feel like I’m on the spot now.
Elf Crash MurphyNo, no. Please don’t feel that way, girl.
Elf TrixieCrash….
Elf Crash MurphyLook, do you know there are a lot of new elves out there who feel like they’re not really elves? They don’t know what to do. What to say. What to feel. They feel a little out of place.
Elf TrixieWell I can relate.
Elf Crash MurphyWell, there you go! That’s why Santa wants you to share —  if those elves out there who feel that way can hear your story then maybe you can help them.
Elf TrixieGol. Really?
Elf Crash MurphyYes! Relax. Tell us what first comes to mind. How did you end up at the North Pole?
Elf TrixieI got a scholarship. Well, I was put in a program.
Elf Crash MurphyWhere did you think you would be going to school?
Elf TrixieI applied at several colleges and I was thinking I’d end up maybe at Texas Tech or somewhere like that. I was also considering the University of Oklahoma and a counselor there called me up one day and said she had been contacted by a program manager who was interested in having me apply.
Elf Crash MurphyApply for a program — is that like a class?
Elf TrixieIt was a summer intern position. As a journalism major they try to place you in jobs that give you experience.
Elf Crash MurphyOk, so this program was in Oklahoma?
Elf TrixieNo, it was here. At the North Pole
Elf Crash MurphyReally? At the university here?
Elf TrixieYeah. I had no idea the North Pole had a university. But I thought it was cool.
Elf Crash MurphyYou did?
Elf TrixieYeah, I thought I would be up here hanging out with scientists and biologists and people like that.
Elf Crash MurphyNot elves?
Elf TrixieI never considered elves. Or the North Pole, as in Santa and stuff. I was thinking like summer camp with seals and penguins and such.
Elf Crash MurphyOh I see. We have those exploration groups and stuff here. I could see why you thought that.
Elf TrixieYeah, so when I got here and they started in with all the Elf Code stuff I was like huh?
Elf Crash MurphyWhen did you realize you were dealing with something different?
Elf TrixieI met with the counselor here, an elf named Harriet Star.
Elf Crash MurphyI don’t think I know her.
Elf TrixieShe’s wife to my boss, Elf Herald Star.
Elf Crash MurphyAh, I see.
Elf TrixieHarriet explained to me that even to be an intern I had to become an elf.
Elf Crash MurphyOk, got it. I guess that makes sense.
Elf TrixieIt didn’t make any sense to me. I was an intern — a temporary, unpaid employee. I was only supposed to be here for about six weeks.
Elf Crash MurphySo you had to think this whole thing was crazy.
Elf TrixieLooney tunes, Crash.
Elf Crash MurphyYou didn’t believe in Santa?
Elf TrixieOf course I believed in Santa. I just didn’t think I’d end up working for the guy.
Elf Crash MurphyYou sound like you were not happy about all this.
Elf TrixieI wasn’t mad. Just confused. Why didn’t someone tell me before I got here?
Elf Crash MurphyOh, I see. So you felt like you were not informed?
Elf TrixieYeah, I mean the point was to learn to be a reporter. That’s what was in it for me.
Elf Crash MurphyBut aren’t you, in fact, doing that?
Elf TrixieYeah, but I had no idea it would be as an elf.
Elf Crash MurphyOk. So did you want to leave?
Elf TrixieYeah, I tried to leave.
Elf Crash MurphyWow.
Elf TrixieHarriet stopped me. She was very patient and I decided to stay and give it a try. I’m very glad I did.
Elf Crash MurphyThat was all about two years ago. And you’re still here. What happened to school?
Elf TrixieI’m still in school. I just transferred to SNPU.
Elf Crash MurphyOh. How did that happen?
Elf TrixieWell, I like being an elf. I asked to transfer. They had never done that before and didn’t know what to say.
Elf Crash MurphySo you had to talk to someone special?
Elf TrixieYeah. Santa.
Elf Crash MurphyOh boy.
Elf TrixieYeah.
Elf Crash MurphyOk, so that’s college. Let’s go back to you becoming an elf. What was that like?
Elf TrixieHorrible.
Elf Crash MurphyReally? It wasn’t fun?
Elf TrixieYes, it was fun. But it was not in my plan. I’m a planner, Crash.
Elf Crash MurphyWhat’s that mean?
Elf TrixieIt means I make lists. I do things on purpose. I make a plan and I attack it. That’s how I got through high school, my summer jobs and everything.
Elf Crash MurphyGosh, that sounds like a really good elf to me.
Elf TrixieThat’s what Santa said.
Elf Crash MurphyNo kidding?
Elf TrixieFor reals
Elf Crash MurphyWell, how did you get past all that? Were the requirements to become an elf really that hard for you?
Elf TrixieNo. I look back on it now and it’s silly how stupid I was being.
Elf Crash MurphyHow so?
Elf TrixieWell, being an elf is all about thinking of others. You don’t get taught that in college. In fact, quite the opposite.
Elf Crash MurphyOh – that’s really interesting. What made you realize that?
Elf TrixieOne of my first elf assignments was to visit an orphanage. Elf Harold Star accompanied me because I was both suppose to write a story and participate in the event.
Elf Crash MurphyOk, makes sense. Duty as an elf and duty as a reporter.
Elf TrixieI know, right?
Elf Crash MurphyWhich did you do first?
Elf TrixieI read books to the kids. That’s elf work. And I found that I really loved it.
Elf Crash MurphyDid it change the way you wrote your story?
Elf TrixieYES! Writing that story helped me see that I really liked elf work.
Elf Crash MurphyAh, I get that. You had an epiphany.
Elf TrixieI sure did.
Elf Crash MurphyYou know, that happens I think to all of us.
Elf TrixieIt does?
Elf Crash MurphyOh yeah. Someone gets a chance to become an elf and they think, “Cool, I get to be an Elf!” and all they can think about is working in the workshop or riding in Santa’s sleigh
Elf TrixieOh gol, me too! Totally that was me, Crash
Elf Crash MurphyPeople don’t realize that being an elf means thinking of other people first.
Elf TrixieRight — or how to help others. It never occurs to a new elf.
Elf Crash MurphyHow do you get them to understand that?
Elf TrixieI don’t know, Crash. For me it was a process.
Elf Crash MurphyYou mean you were educated by your elf experiences?
Elf TrixieTotes. The more they had me do elf stuff the more I wanted to be an elf.
Elf Crash MurphyOk, now we’re getting to the nitty gritty.
Elf TrixieWe are? LOL
Elf Crash MurphyWell yeah. You actually had it easy.
Elf TrixieI did? I thought it was hard.
Elf Crash MurphyWell I mean easy in that you came to the North Pole and got to learn to be an elf by doing elf stuff with real elves. Most people don’t get that chance.
Elf TrixieDang. I never thought of it that way.
Elf Crash MurphySo imagine you’re a new tracker elf out there. Alone. In your own home. By yourself. Maybe even living with older siblings or other family members who don’t believe in Santa.
Elf TrixieThat would be hard.
Elf Crash MurphySure it is. Some even get bullied for believing in Santa or admitting they are elves.
Elf TrixieI know. I have heard stories. I’m not sure I could handle that.
Elf Crash MurphyI thought you were going through some of that.
Elf TrixieYeah — a little bit.
Elf Crash MurphyYou wanna talk about that?
Elf TrixieWell, it was my Mom.
Elf Crash MurphyThat’s tough. She didn’t think you were an elf?
Elf TrixieWell I was writing letters and sending pictures. Me with Harriet. Me visiting the reindeer. Me on a sleigh. Me visiting the workshop. All fun Christmasy elf stuff.
Elf Crash MurphyMost elves don’t get to do stuff like that.
Elf TrixieYes, that’s why I was taking pictures and sending them to Mom.
Elf Crash MurphyShe didn’t like them?
Elf TrixieShe liked them fine. But at one point she sent me a letter telling me to stop the elf stuff and focus on my school work. She said that she and Dad were not paying good money for my education just to see me mess around.
Elf Crash MurphyOh boy. She didn’t realize this was all part of your schooling?
Elf TrixieNope.
Elf Crash MurphySo..what happened?
Elf TrixieI went home and tried to explain it all.
Elf Crash MurphyAnd?
Elf TrixieIt was a disaster. They didn’t understand.
Elf Crash MurphyThat all sounds normal to me.
Elf TrixieYes, I understand that now. But I didn’t at the time.
Elf Crash MurphySo what did you do about it?
Elf TrixieWhat could I do about it? I didn’t do anything. I came back and started a new semester and kept working as an elf.
Elf Crash MurphyBut by this point you like elf work?
Elf TrixieI love it, Crash.
Elf Crash MurphyOk, so what changed?
Elf TrixieI just did the work. I just focused on others. Now I see everything I do as helping others. It’s a good feeling.
Elf Crash MurphyTrixie, I think you just made the point today that Santa and Ernest wanted you to make.
Elf TrixieI did? What did I say?
Elf Crash MurphyYou just said that working for the good of others is what you did. That’s the answer.
Elf TrixieI have answers?
Elf Crash MurphyOf course you do. Thanks for sharing your story. Let’s open up for questions now.
Elf TrixieOkay.
Elf MaxTrixie…Max here.
Elf MaxYou moved up kind of fast
Elf MaxI mean, I’ve never been to the North Pole yet
Elf TrixieYeah, I know. My whole story is weird
Elf MaxDo you think it would be hard for me to get into the University?
Elf TrixieGol. No.
Elf MaxWhat do I need to do?
Elf TrixieDo you need to go? I thought you already finished school
Elf MaxI did. But I really want to go to the North Pole.
Elf TrixieHmmm. Who’s your boss?
Elf MaxErnest
Elf TrixieI’d talk to him
Elf Crash MurphyGood advice.
Elf MaxGood chat today. Trixie. I think you’re great!
Elf TrixieAwwwww
Elf MaxNo. Seriously. You should do more chats
Elf Crash MurphyI agree
Elf TrixieThanks you guys.
About this Elf: Elf Harold Star Verified Elf North Pole Elf North Pole News Elf
Elf Harold Star is a veteran news reporter and editor formerly with the North Pole Gazette. He has reported North Pole News for more than 50 years. His new assignment here at SantaTrackers.net will be to help the elf community online to develop their own news publication. Elf Harold lives at the North Pole with his wife, 4 cats and 3 very scared goldfish.
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Elf Lil Cream

This is so cool! I was upset about missing the chat- but this was super informing! Thanks!!

Elf Ullrich

Thanks for recording it! It was helpful!

Elf Cookie Dough

Thank you for posting this I was in the chat but the words kept going by so fast I was having a hard time reading it all so now I can read everything!

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