Time For A Holiday Favorite: 'Santaland Diaries' About this time every year, we present an encore broadcast of the life and times of Crumpet the Elf. Crumpet is the alter ego of writer David Sedaris, who once worked as a department store elf.
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Time For A Holiday Favorite: 'Santaland Diaries'

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Time For A Holiday Favorite: 'Santaland Diaries'

Time For A Holiday Favorite: 'Santaland Diaries'

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A Christmas pageant display in the Myer department store windows depicts Santa's elves in Melbourne, Australia.
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You might not expect "Santa's Helper" to be a career-altering gig, but for David Sedaris, it changed everything. The writer and humorist spent a season working at Macy's as a department store elf. He described his short tenure as Crumpet the Elf in "The Santaland Diaries," an essay that he read on Morning Edition in 1992.

Instantly, a classic was born. Sedaris' reading has become an NPR holiday tradition. Click the "Listen" link above to hear Sedaris read his story.