The story of the peanut

Maybe you’ve heard Santa remind you to leave some cookies and milk for him, a carrot and an apple for the reindeer — and a peanut.

Santa took the time to explain why he always asks for a peanut.

One year, he was flying over Africa and spotted a baby elephant standing by a water hole.

The elephant looked sad, so Santa landed his sleigh and asked the little pachyderm if he was OK.

“He said ‘No’,” Santa said, “so I asked what was wrong and he said he had nothing to eat and was very, very hungry.”

Santa offered him some carrots, apples and reindeer food but the little elephant replied he couldn’t eat that kind of food — it would give him a tummy ache.

Santa asked him what he eats and the elephant replied, “Only peanuts.”Santa used his magic to conjure up enough peanuts for the little guy to live on for a year, promising he’d be back again the next Christmas Eve with more.

“So, I figure, if I can get every child around the world to leave out one peanut, then I will have sacks and sacks of peanuts every year to take back to my little friend at the water hole, enough to feed him and his family and all his friends.

“So, you see that by you just giving one peanut, you have helped to save many elephants. Couldn’t that be a nice Christmas present for them?

“You would be surprised at how many peanuts are left out for me every Christmas Eve.”

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