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 link to hear Sedaris read his tale:
And here's a link to David reading the entire story as published: 4 audio segments: