Christmas Story 3: The Super Elves!

12.22.2011 | 10:17 am

201112200946.jpgA Comedian Mastermind-Related Note from Fatty: My new book — Comedian Mastermind: The Best of, 2005-2007 — is now available from, both in paperback and Kindle versions. This is actually pretty darned cool for both me and you, for a few reasons.

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The Super Elves!

by Carrie Nelson

Once upon a time, Santa Claus did all the toy-making and wrapping and everything.

Then, one year, the population grew, and grew, and GREW until he couldn’t do it alone anymore!

So he tried to hire gnomes, but they just said, “Look, pal, we’re too busy protecting gardens!”

Then he tried Sprites. “I don’t think so!” they said.

So he tried giants. “We wouldn’t fit in your shop,” said the giants.

But then Santa tried Elves…they said yes! so the elves made the presents, and then stacked the presents in the sled in two months.

So on the night before Christmas, Santa delivered to all the nice kids in the world! Christmas was saved…

By those super hero-like ELVES!

The End


PS: Thanks to everyone who has been leaving nice comments for the twins’ stories. They’ve been loving the comments as much as much as seeing their work published.


  1. Comment by davidh-marinca | 12.22.2011 | 10:29 am

    Yeah!!! A Final Christmas Story for the week. My children were asking logistics questions just the other day. Now I can answer intelligently.

    To The Entire (blended) Nelson Family and Team Fatty’s Everywhere. Merry Christmas to you and yours, good health, happiness, and remembrance of those we ride for.


  2. Comment by roan | 12.22.2011 | 10:59 am

    I like the expressions, and the giant’s legs, placement and insight of your story very good.
    BTW…Ya didn’t ask trolls…probably a good idea not to ask because we wouldn’t do it, well maybe if paid in tollhouse cookies.
    Twins, in a few years when Fatty (not sure you call him that, would probably hurt his feelings)…in a few years when your Dad is old maybe you could take over the fatcyclist website postings for him. I see a strong resemblance in your work.

  3. Comment by Elisabethvi | 12.22.2011 | 11:16 am

    Maybe the girls should publish their books. A nice set with the profits set aside for grocery shopping: they must be sick of egg whites and avocados by now.

    We have been reading the stories to our girls as bedtime stories. Very fun! Very cute! We love it!

    Merry Christmas to your family!

  4. Comment by Penguin's helper | 12.22.2011 | 11:24 am

    Thank you so much for all 3 stories. Loved each one of them.

    Merry Christmas!

  5. Comment by Nancy | 12.22.2011 | 11:26 am

    What a great finale! I think it’s my favorite of the three stories (although that’s a very hard choice to make). I especially loved the gnome bit–hilarious!

    Merry Christmas to your entire family. Can’t wait to see what you guys get up to in 2012!

  6. Comment by cyclingjimbo | 12.22.2011 | 11:35 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you – three great stories, three thank yous.

    Thanks for sharing your great artwork and creative explanations of Christmas with all of us. I now have three great stories about Christmas to share with my grandchildren.

    Merry Christmas to the twins and to all in the Nelson household!

    P.S. – Fatty, if you still need help with delivering your book to customers in Europe, I am flying back to The Netherlands in early January and would be happy to ferry some over for you.

  7. Comment by LeMyke | 12.22.2011 | 12:02 pm


  8. Comment by AngieG | 12.22.2011 | 12:09 pm

    The girls are very talented and clearly got this from their dad and mom, both overflowing with those creative genes.

    I loved all three stories and can’t wait to see what other wonderful and amazing things they come up with.

    Have a wonderful Christmas Fatty Family!!!

  9. Comment by KR | 12.22.2011 | 12:11 pm

    this one is my favorite!!! Great story and artwork! I especially like the line about asking the gnomes. :)

  10. Comment by AngieG | 12.22.2011 | 12:18 pm

    PS- for those interested, Livestrong Davis sign-ups have opened. Only $35 bucks until 12/31 then the price goes up to $45.

    Fatty has a team created, so go to, click Ride, then select the register for Davis Challenge option. On the left you will click “join a team” and then click Search for a Team. The teams are listed in alphabetical order so the most amazingly wonderful team ever, “Team Fatyy:Fighting Like Susan is on the second page. Then click join…Go ahead, click join. No really, Join NOW!!

    We have reserved the Cycling Hall of Fame again for a Friday evening Festa de Fatty party and Joe the executive Director extrordinaire will be our wonderful host.

    Please come join us. If you can’t join us physically, you can be a virtual team member, which is still fun. But we’d rather see your happy, Fatty face in person. :-)

    Merry Christmas Fatty’s!!!!

  11. Comment by Kukui | 12.22.2011 | 12:46 pm

    Hooray! Christmas is saved by Super Elves! Thank you so much for the wonderful stories, Carrie! =)

    Merry Christmas to you and to your amazing family, Fatty!

  12. Comment by MattC | 12.22.2011 | 12:53 pm

    Way to go my Sist’a Angie! I was just going to ask Fatty to put in a plug for the team (I joined Davis just this morning, thank you very much). For those who weren’t able to make it last year, the Friday evening Cycling Hall of Fame tour was a BLAST! We OWNED the place all evening long, and Angie even brought food! It was a perfect start to an AWESOME weekend! And thanks to Sist’a Angie, we’re doing it AGAIN! Mark your calendars and arrive early (Fri 6/22)!

    And to the Twins, yet ANOTHER awesome story! I was quite chuckling when Santa sees the Seventy Thousand BILLION world population and throws up his hands in surrender!

    Have a wonderful Christmas and New Years to all of Fattydom! Stay safe and see ya’ll next year! (in Davis I HOPE!)

  13. Comment by Chris | 12.22.2011 | 1:29 pm

    These stories are the best types of Christmas presents. Thank you!

  14. Comment by Lisa | 12.22.2011 | 1:29 pm

    The gnomes, the gnomes. You are blessed (as you know!) with these young ladies.

  15. Comment by Marco | 12.22.2011 | 1:40 pm

    Another great story. Thanks for sharing!

    Just joined the Livestrong Davis event. Looking forward to meeting you all in person!

  16. Comment by melicious | 12.22.2011 | 1:43 pm

    What talented, creative children you have, Fatty! Great story-telling and drawing, girls! :)

  17. Comment by Eric T. | 12.22.2011 | 3:53 pm

    Thanks to the twins for an excellent Christmas Trilogy. Lord of the Rings has nothing on you guys!

    And to Fatty and all the Friends of Fatty, sincere wishes for Merry Christmas and blessed 2012!

  18. Comment by Cali_Lady | 12.22.2011 | 4:01 pm

    Yes, Seventy Thousand Billion is a LOT of people…no wonder Santa can’t do it all alone! Carrie, thanks for writing the story of the super hero-like elves who saved Christmas! Very good stuff!

  19. Comment by rokrider | 12.22.2011 | 4:25 pm

    The elves must’ve given Santa a lot more free time to ride his bike. Notice how much slimmer he gets throughout the story.

  20. Comment by Fat Cathy | 12.22.2011 | 5:20 pm

    What a fun story! My daughter has been loving these as part of her bedtime stories. And I learned something too – all of these magical creatures have cell phones! Who knew?

    Thank you, Carrie!

  21. Comment by Lisa | 12.22.2011 | 6:02 pm

    Merry Christmas! Thank you for sharing your talents with us. I’ve been sharing your stories with my coworkers and we all enjoyed the stories and the artwork! The gnomes cracked me up! :)

  22. Comment by Jesse | 12.22.2011 | 6:54 pm

    I love the stories!

    Thanks for the guest posts :)

  23. Comment by Jolene | 12.22.2011 | 7:00 pm

    Thanks for the stories girls. Our family really liked them!

  24. Comment by SLL | 12.22.2011 | 8:25 pm

    On an unrelated note: I did everything to not get my copy of the book (wrong state, in my wife’s name) and yet Fatty was able to deliver! I (and my wife) are now enjoying. Thanks for your hard work!

  25. Comment by Liz | 12.22.2011 | 8:32 pm

    Congrats on the story… The Snowman (y’know, the one who’s on the Rudolph special every year) ain’t got nothin’ on you!

    Andrew (Liz’s 11-year-old son)

  26. Comment by Rory | 12.22.2011 | 10:31 pm

    Two words for the little ones

    NORAD. Santa.

    Tracks Santa Claus on Christmas eve

  27. Comment by ClydeinKS | 12.23.2011 | 11:46 am

    Thank you girls for the great stories, last night upon finishing reading the final chapter my 5 year old ran up the stairs proclaiming emphatically to Mom “the elves are superheroes! THE ELVES ARE SUPERHEROES!!” Absolute hit in this family!

    Merry Christmas to all!!

  28. Comment by AK_Chick | 12.23.2011 | 1:18 pm

    LOVE the Christmas stories! They are awesome!!! Carrie is a rockstar artist and story-teller!!! We need her books published so we can get autographed copies. :)

    I joined Team Fatty when Elden sent out the word that he had set up the site. I haven’t told my husband yet and I”m trying to get a friend to join me. :) I was super bummed not to meet Fatty and the Hammer in Austin so a little trip to Davis (oh please, please, please dear sweet baby Jesus, let it not be HOT in June).

    A very Merry Christmas to all of Team Fatty, Fatty and Family, and all the Fatty fans! We got about 8 inches of fluffly powder last night so I think we are going to have a white Christmas!


  29. Comment by davidh-marin, ca | 12.23.2011 | 2:30 pm

    @AK Chick. Define hot?

    89 degrees average, sounds like tanning weather to me.

    Merry Christmas up there.

  30. Comment by Nancy_in_MN | 12.23.2011 | 6:32 pm

    Dear Carrie and Katie,

    You have thoroughly delighted me! Each of you has a sophisticated sense of humor shown in your artwork AND writing. It’s tempting to attribute the artwork talent to your mom and the funny writing to your dad, but I think it’s more accurate to say that you both OWN it!

    Loved the perspective on the giant… only his legs, and the crazy goat (did you know that Bucky’s dad calls his bike the GOAT?) and the beard on that sad faced Santa Rex!

    Thanks for the fun analysis of a few of the more vexing Christmas mysteries!

  31. Comment by Lonster | 12.23.2011 | 7:15 pm

    An amazing trilogy for the Christmas season. Very funny and well done. Thanks for the chuckles.

  32. Comment by Jenn | 12.24.2011 | 9:17 am

    Well done, ladies! I think I need to get my garden gnome an iPhone…

  33. Comment by KM | 12.24.2011 | 10:23 am

    This is my favorite! I hope the dwarfs and fairies weren’t offended they weren’t asked?! The gnomes were my favorite. Those guys are pretty hard workers in the garden. I love the artwork!! Merry Christmas!!

  34. Comment by Justin L. | 12.25.2011 | 1:01 pm

    Stuck at the inlaws christmas day, glad i saved the book for today, reading fatty’s book has never been sogreat, a nice break!!! I need the humor today

  35. Comment by Nurse Betsy | 12.25.2011 | 3:25 pm

    Thank you Girls for sharing your creative minds. Loved all the stories. I like the idea of Santa as a Goat!

    Merry Christmas to all of you. May your new year be filled with many blessings and Joy.

  36. Comment by Janet B | 12.26.2011 | 11:28 am

    Katie & Carrie – Thanks for the terrific stories! You are good story tellers.

    I wish I had thought of printing them out to share with my nieces.

  37. Comment by elizabeyta | 12.29.2011 | 10:59 pm

    This Is Fabulous! :) Made me smile SO big.


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