Letter from Father Time

January

Dear ———-,

It has come to my attention that some of the Holiday Keepers have been writing letters to children. In the beginning I was not sure this would be a good idea, but now that I have talked to several of the Keepers I realize it is a good idea. Maybe it is time for us to let more people know about us.

I am Father Time. I am also called Father New Year’s. My holiday is New Year’s which comes on January 1st. I am also the Mayor of our magical town called End of the Rainbow. It is where all the Holiday Keepers live. Not all the holidays we keep are big ones, many of them are almost forgotten, and that is why I think it is now important for you to know more about us.

Just about every month has a holiday in it. End of the Rainbow only has keepers for holidays celebrated in the United States. There are other magical towns with keepers for other countries. Because you live in the United States End of the Rainbow has the keepers that you would know best. I am going to list each of the keepers by month that way you will know who they are. I am sure in time they will all want to write to you and tell you more about themselves and what they like to do.

After my month is February and Valentine’s Day. I’m sure you know all about Valentines and have sent them to your friends. The keeper for February is Crazy Cupid. His real name is Enki but no one knows how to pronounce it, besides he always does such crazy things around Valentine’s Day. He can get a little bit dangerous with his bow and arrows.

Then there is March and St. Patrick’s Day. We have quite a few leprechauns at End of the Rainbow but the most famous one is Cormick O’Greene. He’s a very mischievous leprechaun. He is one thousand and ninety seven years old and has never had his pot of gold found. Not even once. He likes to sneak into human’s houses and hide things. He and Jak both like to play practical jokes on humans.

Jak the Jester, he is the keeper of April’s fools day. Which is April 1st.  Jak’s favorite jokes are hiding remotes controls, cups, glasses, toys and other things in human’s houses. So the next time you can’t find something you can blame it on either Cormick the Leprechaun or Jak the Jester. Jak gets around the human’s world by riding on his friend Bentley the unicorn.

Next we have a holiday that doesn’t have a special date. Easter can come in either March or April. But Easter is all about Albert Rabbit, he is the 120th Easter Rabbit. I don’t think I have to explain too much about him, everyone knows about the Easter Rabbit.

May has two holidays that most humans no longer celebrate as they once did. May Day is May 1st and it used to be a very merry holiday. The other one is Memorial Day which is a day to remember. Maizy the flower fairy is in charge of May, she is the one who sings all the little flowers awake so May becomes a month of flowers and spring.

June only has the first day of summer, but that is an important day. Summer vacations, long lazy hot days of fun.  You can thank Jasper the sprite for that. He makes sure all the trees are green and the weather keeps getting warmer.

In July we have Independence Day better known as the 4th of July. That’s the day the United States became a country, that was a long, long time ago but Sam Eagle is very proud of his holiday and doesn’t want anyone to forget that we are in a free country.

August doesn’t have a holiday. In fact it is usually the month we all go on vacation. We leave End of the Rainbow to the Watcher Elves. They have some sort of get together here while we are all gone. I’m not sure what they do but I do know that they all show up here and that it is important to them.

September is the first day of Autumn and labor day. Labor day is mainly an adult holiday, a day off of work for them. The first day of Autumn is for everyone. Artie Wood Elf loves to paint all the leaves red, yellow, brown and gold. It’s a time to run through the falling leaves and prepare for winter.

October of course is Halloween. Rascal Werewolf and Fraidy the black cat make sure everything is hauntingly ready for Halloween. Not too scary, but just spooky enough to be fun.

November is a time for being thankful and Tom and Taffy Turkey love to hear what children are thankful for.

December, we don’t have a keeper living here for December because as everyone knows Christmas belongs to Santa Claus and he lives at the North Pole. We do have a tie with them because Santa’s Watcher elves stay here whenever they are not busy watching the child they are assigned to. Every child as soon as they write their first letter to Santa has a watcher elf.

That pretty much covers all the months and the main Holiday Keepers.

We can’t invite you to End of the Rainbow because humans, even human children don’t fit. Most of us magical beings are much tinier than humans.  Long, long ago we did invite some children but they sat on our houses and broke them, they smashed all our trees. We have replaced everything but it is too much work to allow it to happen again.

I am sending you a map with everyone’s house marked on it. The squares on the map are the same color as the actual house, and yes, Jak Jester’s house is half yellow and half blue.

We don’t have street numbers or addresses like you big people do, but we do have street names so I’ve written all of them down also. I would tell you that you could write to us but we don’t have a post office at End of the Rainbow and your computers don’t work here either so we can’t get emails either.

I’ve never gotten a letter from anyone and I don’t think many of the other Holiday Keepers have either. It would be fun to get letters. I guess that’s why you like getting mail. It’s fun. I am over twenty thousand years old and this is the first letter I’ve ever written to one of the big people as we call you humans.

I think that is why Santa Claus is always so jolly, he gets lots of mail.

Your friend

Father Time

p.s. I almost forgot! Although she is not a holiday keeper Gretha Tooth fairy also lives at End of the Rainbow. She is always so busy I don’t see her very much but she is my neighbor!

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