By March, the elves were usually working three shifts a day; two on construction and the third on wrapping. Most agreed that the construction shifts were harder labor, but far preferred to spending eight hours a day as a wrapper. That shift, fortunately, usually fell to the new guys. It was a sort of…Santa’s Workshop hazing ritual. When you started, you had to work one cycle, from January 2nd, until December 24th, in the wrapping room, with the too-sticky tape and the weird smells from the Boss’ office. And the Paper Cuts of Doom. And having to wrap bowling balls.