HELP THE ELF: I Found Santa’s Missing Nice List!

Hi everyone!As you may remember, a few weeks ago PETE the Elf had a touch too much Eggnog at the Holiday Christmas Party and as he stumbled home, he lost Santa’s NICE LIST.

The North Wind scattered the papers to all four corners of the world, and as soon as Becca and I found out, we put out a call to our readers to help find them in order to SAVE CHRISTMAS.

Emails have poured in as writers across the globe began to find snippets of the NICE LIST stuck to the windshields of their parked cars, fluttering in hedges and caught among their garden gnome collections. And of course, no one wanted to let Pete down, so they took on the task of gifting these good folks themselves!

All over the Internet today, you’ll see how the kindness of others helps to support, offer strength and push us to reach higher and farther than we ever could alone.

Oh, and I almost forgot! Becca and I both found part of Santa’s missing NICE LIST, too! Becca found hers stuck between the slats of a lounge chair down in Florida, and I discovered mine caught in the pine bough decorating my front door in Calgary, Alberta! And shock of all shocks, we recognized the names. Check this out:

Becca’s found this one:

NAME: Donna Gephart

LOCATION: Wild About Words



OBSERVATIONS: Donna is a tireless advocate for children, a super-talented writer, and an energetic cheerleader for anyone needing encouragement. She co-leads my face-to-face writing group, always offering solid advice and honest support. Donna’s one of those people who make you feel like a better person just for knowing her. I’m so glad to be able to call her a friend.

RECOMMENDATION:     a) Coal                   b) Gift

Because poor Pete is dashing all over the place trying to hunt down the rest of Santa’s missing Nice List, I decided to take care of this one myself. Donna, knowing your devotion to promoting literacy (and your general selflessness), I’ve made a donation in your name to Sheltering Books, Inc, a non-profit organization that donates children’s books to homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and residential treatment centers around the country. Because of your kindness, a few more books will make it into the hands of kids in the very near future.

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And I found this one:

NAME: Carol Riggs

LOCATION: Artzcarol Ramblings



OBSERVATIONS: Carol had many life challenges this year but faced the world with optimism and hope. Her energy and encouragement is appreciated by many and she gave a lot of her time to other writers, critiquing and showing support. There was that one issue where her TBR pile got out of hand, but this appears to be common theme with writers.

RECOMMENDATION:     a) Coal                   b) Gift

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Taking my lead from Becca who got a frantic call from Pete about how worried he was he might not get to all the presents in time, I decided to take care of this one myself. Carol, I have watched how you have kept spirits up all this year through the challenges and how good you make others feel. Enjoy Angela Townsend’s YA book, AMAROK, and have a wonderful Christmas!

How about you, Musers? Is there someone you’d like to wish a Merry Christmas to, or tell them how much they mean to you? JOIN US! There’s plenty of days left until Christmas, and sometimes kind words can lift people up in a way that they really need. Why not send someone  n ecard or note, and spread some kindness and cheer!


Angela is a writing coach, international speaker, and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also is a founder of One Stop For Writers, an online library packed with powerful tools to help writers elevate their storytelling.
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38 Responses to HELP THE ELF: I Found Santa’s Missing Nice List!

  1. Carol is wonderful! I don’t know Donna, yet. Have a safe and Happy holiday season.

  2. LTM says:

    Hi, A&B 😀 I don’t know Donna, but i do know Carol, and GREAT choice! You’re so right about staying positive and encouraging through a tough year. Here’s hoping all good things for her and Donna in 2013!

    Great fest, guys! <3

  3. Yay Donna and Carol! Two bodacious ladies. As are you and Becca! Merry Christmas and here’s to a great new year! 🙂

  4. M.L. Swift says:

    Your book is under the tree for ME! YAY! I’ll be discussing it during my Wednesday Book Club in the upcoming year.

    I’m going around to all of the wonderful blogs I follow to wish you a Merry Christmas (and they’re ALL wonderful, otherwise I wouldn’t follow). Have a safe and happy holiday, Angela and Becca!


  5. What a lovely thing to do. We nominate you for a very special place on Santa’s list.

  6. What a couple of fantastic choices! Lovely, generous, and universally beloved peeps to honor like this. And once again, Becca and Ange knock it out of the park in the generosity department. Stopping by this blog is like Christmas everyday. You two foster that kind of spirit.

    Love you both!



  7. Deb Marshall says:

    The spirit of Christmas is alive and well in the writer verse. So very nice to see and be a part of. Happy Holidays to everyone!

  8. Aw thank you all! I don’t know about the angel stuff, haha, but if I can say thank you to someone, I will!

  9. Angela, you really are an angel, you know! 🙂 What a wonderful shout-out to these ladies who sounds like lovely friends!

    Have a most Merry Christmas!

  10. This has been so much fun. Can’t wait to see what you do next Christmas! 😀

    And yay for both Donna and Carol.

  11. What a wonderful idea. I know Donna is an amazing person, and Carol sounds like one too.

  12. Spreading kindness and cheer is always wonderful! Hurray for Donna and Carol!

  13. SA Larsenッ says:

    Donna sounds amazing, and I know Carol, who’s wonderful. Great choices, ladies!!

    Loved partaking in this.

  14. Awesome! Great job, ladies!

  15. Way to make a girl cry. Thank you. Thank you. I’m so delighted to know a donation has been made to Sheltering Books. Couldn’t have asked “Santa” for a better gift.

    So glad to know you two absolutely amazing, generous, kind and talented gals!

    Happiest of holidays!

  16. Karen Lange says:

    This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing your nice list with us. 🙂

  17. Thank you all so much for helping us spread some Christmas Cheer. This community is the best of the best. I’ve said that a million times, and will happily say it a million more. You are all on the Nice List!


  18. New follower who had to stop by after seeing this adorable Christmas spirit blogfest on a couple of my other blog friends posts today. Nice to meet both of you! 🙂

  19. Wonderful choices! I guess I’m not the only one who chose more than one person! 🙂

  20. Angela the Amazing, thanks for organizing this awesome event. It’s a win-win situation for all involved.
    Congratulations to Donna and Carol for making Santa’s nice list. Merry Christmas to you, Becca, Donna, and Carol!

  21. Gwen Gardner says:

    Aww, Donna and Carol are so good! I’m so glad you found the Nice List and they were on it:)

    P.S., I bought the paperback of The Emotion Thesaurus and I’m keeping it on my desk. I love it!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

  22. This was such a great idea! What wonderful picks you two have selected, too.

  23. Carol Riggs says:

    Aww!!! What a NICE surprise. You guys are so sweet! Thanks for the awarding–I will certainly enjoy the book! xoxo

  24. You guys always have the BEST ideas! I’m loving the Elf-love today!

    And Carol is on my NICE list too – for critiquing and for general awesomeness.

    Merry Christmas to all!

  25. This was really fun! 😀 Merry Christmas, everyone! 😀

  26. My post went up today…glad to be part of this spread some joy!

  27. Merry Christmas, everyone!

  28. This is so awesome ladies! Such a wonderful idea and I’m so happy to see all the nice lists today.

  29. Angela Brown says:

    YAY to Carol and Donna for making Santa’s nice list. And kudos to you both for helping Pete out by stepping up and getting these two taken care of.

  30. Good choices! Pete’s list is growing. Yay!

  31. Al Diaz says:

    congratulations and Merry Christmas 🙂

  32. I’m enjoying clicking around this morning and seeing the lovely gestures! HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you!!! xoxo

  33. Awesome idea to do this blogfest. I love being a part of it. I know Donna and she’s a great choice. Becca is lucky to be in a critique group with her.

  34. CONGRATS to Donna and Carol for being on Santa’s nice list!

  35. JeffO says:

    Very nice. Happy Christmas, ladies!

  36. Pk Hrezo says:

    Aw well I know for a fact that Carol is an awesome and well deserving lady! Excellent choice!

    And I’m off to meet Donna now!

    Merry Christmas, Becca and Angela! And thanks for making the blogosphere a nicer place. 😀

  37. Nice to find Carol and Donna on Santa’s nice list. My post will be up in some time.

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