Nim, Lil and Glitter zipped around the kitchen throwing wrapping paper balls at each other.
“That’s for making me dress up!” Glitter lobbed tangled ribbon at Nim as he zoomed by, wrapping paper streaming behind him.
“Dodge this one!” Nim threw a tissue paper missile at Glitter.
Glitter paused mid-air and, for a moment, a small niggling of dismay started to creep over her. Then, just as quickly as it had come, it was gone and she hurled a bag full of Christmas bows at her two friends.
As the battle died down, the trio sat on the table, drinking sugar water and gazing at their handiwork.
The kitchen was covered in paper balls. Ripped paper hung from the cabinets and streamed across the floor. Ribbon was scattered down the hallway.
“What next?” asked Nim. “Should we get the cotton balls out for round 2?”
“I have a better idea,” Lil floated down to the roll of paper on the floor and began wrapping cabinet doors.
They covered the cabinets with wrapping paper, getting even more on the floor and counters and wrapping tape around themselves.
When they were finished, the sprites hung above the stove to review their handiwork while Glitter pretended to kick wrapping paper around.
“You know she’s really trying to clean up,” Nim whispered.
“You can take the reindeer out of the stickler, but you can’t take the stickler out of the reindeer.”
Both Mischief Makers were well satisfied with the job they had done.
Deck the halls and wrap the cabinets
Hang up tinsel with some magnets
Nim then flew above the sink and got settled in for the wait.
Lil spun around singing the rest of the carol before landing gracefully on the opposite side of the sink.
Watch as Glitter tries to clean up
Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la
She’ll get tackled by a green pup
“I’m so glad we got to work together this year!” whispered Nim.
“And I’m so glad you helped me relax a bit,” Glitter whispered back.
Lil smiled and winked and they all anxiously waited for morning to come.