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Monday Dec 04, 2023    
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Crafts for Kids!

These Christmas Elf puppets are so cute and even more fun to make. A perfect Christmas craft activity to keep you and your own little elves entertained during the Holidays.

Share the love this Christmas with this easy-to-make Christmas Heart Ornament Craft that requires only a few items you’re likely to already have on hand. Use them as a tree ornament or as a loving extra touch to your gift wrapping.

These adorable North Pole Times Elves are the perfect DIY ornament for kids to make and hang on the Christmas tree!

These DIY Christmas Pop Up Cards are fun and simple to make. Choose from a variety of elves and characters direct from the North Pole to make a unique gift that is loads of fun to share with friends and family.

This fun little Clothespin Snowman craft is super easy to make and just as versatile. Glue them to presents to make a cute gift tag holder. Clip them to your tree for a fun kid-made ornament. Or hide them around the house and have your very own Christmas Snowman Hunt just like you would for an Easter egg hunt.

This colorful paper Elf Hat is super easy to make with our printable elf hat pattern. A fun way to keep kids occupied during the season.

A wonderful DIY Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers. This easy-to-make Hand Print Christmas Wreath is super cute and makes a beautiful decoration, keepsake, or gift to keep the house festive all season.

The Holly Elf Binoculars Craft is a perfect way for kids to keep busy during the holidays. Not only will they enjoy making these “Holly Elf Approved” binoculars, they can also assist her in spotting Santa, or other elves, when duty calls!

Christmas Comes First in Japan

Fly-About Franny Visits Japan

[Christmas Comes First in Japan]

Hi kids, or should I say "arigato"? That means "Thank You Very Much" in Japanese. Arigato for joining me at the North Pole Times.

This weeks Franny Friday is coming from Japan, which is a group of islands on the east side of Asia. We’re going talk about how Japanese kids celebrate Christmas.

Did you know that Japan is one of the first places where the sun rises in the morning? So that means Santa delivers presents here before almost anywhere else in the world! While other kids in other places are still sleeping, Christmas morning has already begun in Japan.

Christmas in Japan is different from a lot of other places in the world. Grown-ups still go to work on Christmas day and children have to go to school if it's on a weekday. While children look forward to Santa delivering their gifts in the morning, the special thing for grown-ups is to eat out at fancy restaurants.

[by Fly-About Franny Elf]

Everyone celebrates on Christmas Eve by eating lots of cake. People don’t make the cakes at home, they’re made special at Japanese bakeries. Let me tell you, they’re delicious. If the bakeries and stores don’t sell out of their cakes by Christmas Eve they throw them out, even if they still are fresh and taste good. I guess you're not allowed to have Christmas cake after Christmas.

Most people don’t put up trees or ornaments their homes, but stores and businesses in the cities do have a lot of decorations to get people to visit them and shop there. A lot of times in these stores the music and Christmas carols will be sung in English! Most people here know English as well as Japanese.

Christmas trees are decorated with origami cranes and swans; these are very beautiful pieces of paper folded to look like animals and other ornaments. The Japanese also use paper fans, lanterns and small toys as popular Christmas decorations.

Now that I’ve let Santa know how children and grown-ups in Japan celebrate Christmas he can deliver the right kind of gifts to the Japanese children. Don't forget that everyday the North Pole Times has new stories for you to read, and I'll be back next Friday from somewhere else in the world! Bye ‘til then!

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