Christmas Story 2: Did You Know Santa Claus Is Really a Goat?

12.20.2011 | 11:03 am

201112200946.jpgA Kindle-Related Note from Fatty: For those of you who were wondering when my new book, Comedian Mastermind: The Best of FatCyclist, 2005 – 2007, would be available on Kindle, the answer is: It’s available on Kindle now. Click here for more details about the book, or click here to order.

A Note from Fatty About Today’s Guest Post: Today’s story is the second in the Christmas story series written and illustrated by my ten-year-old twins. Today’s is by Katie, and if you take a look at yesterday’s story, you can tell there was a little bit of twin-power collaboration going on behind the scenes.

Did You Know Santa Claus Is Really a Goat?


by Katie Nelson

Now all you people who read this, young and old, there is one story I know you’ve all been told. Yes, the story of Santa Claus and his flying reindeer, but there’s one part of the story you probably thought you wouldn’t hear, the part about Santa really being a Goat!

Do you also believe that Santa flies with magic reindeer? Well, really he flies with the sheep that you count to fall asleep! That is why it’s so hard to sleep every Christmas Eve night, Santa has borrowed all your sleep sheep!

As for his little bitty elves, well, they really are bitty, and they really are elves, but instead of little, tiny magic humans, they are little, tiny, magic penguins. In fact they’re so small (only 22 inches tall!) the only way to reach a table is to sit on a beach ball!

And since penguins have no thumbs (they’re only good for making toys and drums) Santa Claus has polar bears wrap the presents for the good girls and boys!

Merry, merry Christmas!

[Note from Fatty: In the print version of this book, this spread opens up to have a pop-out flying sheep. I'm not a great photographer and so didn't capture the awesome effect as well as I'd have liked. Still, you get the idea.]


  1. Comment by dvhansen | 12.20.2011 | 11:15 am

    loving the rhyming!! well done by the twins…

  2. Comment by Fat Cathy | 12.20.2011 | 11:23 am

    Love the penguin elf. Great job, Katie! Now to print this out so I can read it to my daughter tonight. She said she liked Carrie’s chapter last night.

  3. Comment by Brian in VA | 12.20.2011 | 11:35 am

    Great job by the twins! How creative!

  4. Comment by Paul Guyot | 12.20.2011 | 11:42 am

    I’m going to be out of a job soon….

  5. Comment by rich | 12.20.2011 | 11:46 am

    Awesome – very creative kids you’ve got there….

  6. Comment by Clydesteve | 12.20.2011 | 11:57 am

    Whew! This answers a LOT of questions!

  7. Comment by KM | 12.20.2011 | 12:03 pm

    The suspense is lifted. Knowing that Santa is really a goat answers a lot of questions. This finally answers how the polar eco-system works together. Now if only I can figure out how walruses fit into this storyline…..

  8. Comment by Heidi | 12.20.2011 | 12:14 pm

    Hooray, another fabulous story! The girls are geniuses, I tell ya…

  9. Comment by Cali_Lady | 12.20.2011 | 12:23 pm

    Great job Katie! I love the cute penquin and the pop-out flying sheep!
    And Paul Guyot…your comment is funny! Hey – we like reading ALL of Fatty’s guest posts! So much variety and talent keeps us coming back for more and more!
    Happy Holidays everyone!

  10. Comment by Lisa | 12.20.2011 | 12:43 pm

    This week is going to be FOREVER due to waiting for the story’s next installation. And I have no sheep to count to sleep now.

  11. Comment by ClydeinKS | 12.20.2011 | 1:25 pm

    All these years I though BAH humbug was a comment for lacking holiday cheer. Now it has become clear BAH it is a BAH greeting for when we see Santa the Goat!
    Holding my breath for the next Chapter – please hurry!

    Jeff D

  12. Comment by MattC | 12.20.2011 | 1:27 pm

    Whew….sure glad there was MORE to the story from yesterday (the ending where Santa is really a GOAT!). I wasn’t grasping it but was too embarassed to say so…but today cleared that up thankfully. Guess I should have expected this, being as the twins did it.

    And no wonder all the penguin/elves are in such great shape…they’ve been doing core body workouts all this time, and we humans have only recently caught on to the exercise ball workouts!

    And I have always suspected that polar bears had something going on w/ Santa…just could never put my finger on it. Thanks for clearing that up girls! Well done!

  13. Comment by roan | 12.20.2011 | 1:31 pm

    Sleep Sheep who woulda guessed ? All my sleepless non Christmas eve nights due to Captain Pete pirating my Sleep Sheep, HeH ?
    Hey Twins y’all aren’t trying to pull the wool over my one eye ’bout Sleep Sheep are ye, arg !

    Luv it.

  14. Comment by Kukui | 12.20.2011 | 2:11 pm

    Penguin Elves and Sleep Sheep! No wonder I can’t sleep on Christmas Eve – now I get it! Excellent story, Katie!

    Fatty, what talented girls you have! =)

  15. Comment by Christina | 12.20.2011 | 2:21 pm

    Ooh, first the twist with the goat thing yesterday and now the pop up sheep…The end of these books are outstanding!

    Great job!

  16. Comment by sleepless | 12.20.2011 | 2:25 pm

    GREAT STORY! But, what are the x’s behind the flying sheep? Is is magic, or representative of something more anatomical?

  17. Comment by hannah | 12.20.2011 | 2:53 pm

    LOVE the penguin wielding the hammer. Great story, Katie!

  18. Comment by Cat_Rancher | 12.20.2011 | 4:59 pm

    Actually, if you read the original, the elves are little and BITY- which, from what I know of penguins, they are a bitey sort. Probably from hitting their little thumbless flippers with hammers and having those cold-hearted polar bears laugh at them. I might be “bity”, too.
    (I am a teacher- and there is nothing more awesome than children’s writing and art! Thank you for sharing!)

  19. Comment by Dave T | 12.20.2011 | 6:13 pm

    These are great stories very creative, thank you Carrie and Katie. I love the drawings, the penguin on a beach ball and the T-Rex trying to go down the chimney really made me laugh.
    Happy holidays to all.

  20. Comment by Dan.weise | 12.20.2011 | 6:39 pm

    Well done Katie! I can’t wait for more!

  21. Comment by Liz | 12.20.2011 | 8:13 pm

    Great job! My 11-year-old son enjoyed the stories, too!

  22. Comment by Mandy from KS | 12.20.2011 | 9:18 pm

    Too much fun! Thanks for sharing.

  23. Comment by leroy | 12.20.2011 | 9:23 pm

    You know, I always wondered who did all the wrapping.

    Thanks for clearing that up!

  24. Comment by Carl | 12.20.2011 | 9:34 pm


  25. Comment by Penguin's helper | 12.20.2011 | 10:38 pm

    It was a long, long day with a lot of running around getting almost nothing done.
    And then I came home to find this second part of the Christmas Story.

    Absolutely awesome reading both days.

    Thank you for saving my day.

  26. Comment by Cyclingjimbo | 12.21.2011 | 1:55 am

    Bravo! Bravissimo! My grandchildren are going to love these two stories. I hope there is more to come!

  27. Comment by mair | 12.21.2011 | 2:30 am

    Never mind the kindle version of Comedian Mastermind, when is Santa Revealed coming out on Amazon??

  28. Comment by Sara | 12.21.2011 | 7:35 am

    I love both the stories and I especially like the part about the “sleep sheep”. Brilliant!

  29. Comment by Brian | 12.21.2011 | 7:52 am

    Is there going to be a NookBook version as well?

  30. Comment by Kel | 12.21.2011 | 9:35 am

    Outstanding work!

  31. Comment by Mayhemnsuz | 12.22.2011 | 4:49 pm

    The little, tiny, magic penguins and the pop up sheep made my day! Katie and Carrie, you girls are super talented – thanks for letting your dad share this with all of us.


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