Do you know Holly? She’s the gingerbread girl with big curly blonde hair, and a big smile. Ever since the Vancouver Christmas Market opened, people have wondered about the story of who Holly is.
Well let me tell you how it all started. Holly had two wonderful gingerbread parents. Her parents were Molly and Coli, which was actually short for Colin, and they all lived in the North Pole just two minutes away from Santa’s magical workshop.
As a little gingerbread girl, Holly would look out the window of her gingerbread house, which was covered in frosting and snow, and see Santa’s workshop across from her.
She dreamed of being a part of Santa’s workshop because it seemed like the most magical place in the world.
When Holly was old enough to work in Santa’s workshop, Santa welcomed her with open arms to be a part of the Santa’s workshop team.
Santa loved how much Holly knew about the world, and how enthusiastic she was to help children receive their gifts on Christmas.
Holly’s role was to help Santa plan out his flying route every year, so that Santa Claus could get a gift to every child around the world on time.
During the first three years, Holly loved working in Santa’s workshop. She loved watching how the elves made toys, how the reindeer frolicked in the snow, and most of all, she loved hearing Santa bellow out his “Ho, ho, ho.”
But what she loved most, was hearing Santa talk about all his worldly adventures. She hung on to Santa’s every word when he talked about his travels and the wonders that he saw.
Holly: “Santa, I want you to know how much I love working with you in your workshop. The last four years have been absolutely amazing. But…”
Santa: “What is Holly? You can tell Santa anything.”
Holly: “I think it’s time for me to go out and explore the big world that’s out there. I haven’t had the chance to go and see the world, and have my own adventures. There’s just so much to see and so much to try.”
Santa looked at Holly with endearing eyes and started to grin.
Santa: “Holly the amazing sites I have seen around the world will truly dazzle you. I have seen the Eiffel Tower at night when it sparkles like a million stars. I have seen the majestic Empire State building in New York City. And one of my favourite places is Duncan, British Columbia. Did you know they have the world’s largest hockey stick?”
Holly laughed at the last remark. Santa always had a way of making everyone laugh and smile in the North Pole.
Holly: “That’s exactly what I want! I want to be able to have new adventures and to see the world.”
Santa: “The world is waiting for you Holly. Go out there and have fun.”
And with that new sense of adventure, and enthusiasm, Holly used one of Santa’s old sleighs and team of reindeers, and she flew along a secret path so that nobody could see her. Her destination was Whitehorse, Yukon.
At Whitehorse, Holly booked a flight with Condor Airlines and flew all the way across the ocean to the city of Berlin in Germany, because she had heard from Santa that Germany had spectacular Christmas traditions.
She toured Berlin, enjoying wonderful German food like bratwursts and currywursts. But Berlin was just the first stop on her travels. She also visited Dresden, the city that hosts Germany’s oldest Christmas Market.
For Holly this was just the beginning.
Stay Tuned for part 2. Find out what Holly’s new adventures are like, and how Holly finally comes to be a part of the Vancouver Christmas Market family.