And what an operation she created! Today, anyone who peeks in
the kitchen can see that it takes dozens and dozens of elfin chefs,
cooks and bottle washers just to keep the Village going on three
meals a day, not to mention snacks twenty four hours a day. Snacks
for the elves. Snacks for Santa. Even snacks for the reindeer!
In order to keep everything organized, Sugarplum Mary wears
an apron covered with a list of everything she’s making that day.
She also likes to sling a dish towel over one shoulder to help
her keep things sparkling clean and to swat at young elves who
like to snatch cookies just out of the oven. Actually, she probably
swats at one old elf more than all the young ones combined. It’s
old Shinny Upatree himself. He’s a sucker for her double-crunch,
chocolate-peanut butter, sugarplum cookies… with itty bitty marshmallows