On December 25, 2008, I was driving in Ohio from Cincinnati to Columbus and surfing radio stations for something to listen to other than Christmas carols. The search landed on an NPR station somewhere between the two cities. It was then I heard the “Santaland Diaries” for the very first time. What I discovered was the hilarious recounting of Mr. Sedaris’ experiences as Crumpet the Elf when he worked at Macy’s in New York.
His narration has become a holiday tradition at NPR. Since we’re all in different time zones, and some of us can not receive NPR, here is David Sedaris (aka Crumpet the elf), interviewed first by Steve Inskeep, and then reading from his “Santaland Diaries.”