[The North Pole Times]
[Santa's OFFICIAL News Source]
Wednesday March 03, 2021    
[Ellie Elf]
Saturday School of Wonders

Today I’m teaching my class the difference between being naughty and nice. People think that elves are cheerful all the time, but every so often they can misbehave.

Super Secret Jack Spinner]
Super Secret Sundays

No one move! It could be another trap!

[Timbo Elf]
Reindeer Games

The Ice Palace is packed here at the North Pole, and the reindeer are about to enter. It’s time for the Closing Ceremonies for this year’s Reindeer Games!

[Mrs Claus]
Holiday Sweets & Treats

A warm and bubbly holiday treat from back in the day. Serve with a scoop of ice cream or just by itself.

This Crock Pot Candy just might be the ultimate holiday treat! Not only is it easy to make, it’s really delicious and a great treat to share for Christmas.

Here's a recipe from our very own Ali Elf. This is sure to please.

Oh, bring us some figgy pudding, Oh, bring us some figgy pudding, Oh, bring us some figgy pudding, And bring it right here.

Here's a fun treat that all the Elves like to make for dessert.

Just a fun treat for the holidays. Perfect for snacking, gift giving and get togethers.

This old fashioned cranberry sauce will remind you of Grandma's cooking. The flavor is sweet with a touch of fresh berry tartness. And the added cinnamon and cloves is sure to make this one of your holiday favorites.

Australian Christmas Warm and Sunny

Reindeer to Kangaroos?

[Australian Christmas Warm and Sunny]

Hi kids, Santa gave me one last assignment for Franny Fridays before Christmas arrives! Today I’m heading all the way to the southern part of the globe to visit the country of Australia. Australia is the only nation that takes up an entire continent and is surrounded on all sides by oceans! It’s made up of some great cities, some beautiful beaches, majestic mountains and wonderful coastline.

In the Southern Hemisphere it is summer on December 25th, making Australian Christmas warm and sunny. Kids are on their summer break from the middle of December to early February. There’s no snow and the days are long on Christmas. Many people spend the day at the beach or camping.

Australians love to put up door wreaths and other decorations for their celebrations. They decorate their houses and gardens with a wide style of lights and with Christmas Trees. One of the most popular decorations is the Christmas Bush. This is a tree with small, green leaves and cream-colored flowers. During the warm days in December it turns a deep shiny red color. Poinsettia plants, ferns and palm leaves are other common plants used to decorate their homes.

Many towns and cities hold Carols by Candlelight services, with bands, choirs and kids helping to perform a large variety of Christmas Carols. These evening concerts are usually done in a park and the audience holds candles during the performance. Because it is a warm and sunny season, words in the carols are changed from winter wonderlands into summer sunshine. Australians also have a tradition of creating their own, unique carols.

[by Franny Elf] It’s whispered that when Santa comes to deliver toys to Australia, he lets his reindeers rest and he uses six white kangaroos. He also changes from his fluffy hat and gloves to shorts and a brightly colored t-shirt. Children leave out a piece of cake for Santa to snack on as he’s arranging presents around the Christmas tree. Presents are then exchanged and opened on Christmas Day. Feasting on a mid-day dinner, Australians eat turkey, ham and pork. The meal also includes a flaming Christmas plum pudding and mince pies for dessert. Yum! Other families hold a barbeque in their backyard and invite family and neighbors over to celebrate.

That’s all for Franny Fridays this season girls and boys. I hope you had as much fun as I did visiting four wonderful countries all over the world. It was great to see all the differences and all the similarities that people share when celebrating Christmas. I hope you keep visiting the North Pole Times until Christmas comes to your town! Merry Christmas everyone! See you next season!

[The Story of the Christmas Spider]
The Story of the Christmas Spider
Published Friday December 11, 2020

People in Poland believe it is good luck to find a spider on their Christmas Tree!

[Day of the Little Candles]
Day of the Little Candles
Published Friday December 04, 2020

I’m on a quest to find out how the kids of the world celebrate Christmas. This week I'm reporting from the city of Bogota.

[Franny Flies to Country Island of Ireland]
Franny Flies to Country Island of Ireland
Published Friday November 27, 2020

Hey kids! I'm Fly-About Franny back for another year at The North Pole Times. My job is to fly around before Christmas every year checking to see how boys and girls around the world celebrate Christmas.

[Franny Gets Ready to Fly]
Franny Gets Ready to Fly
Published Saturday October 31, 2020

A worldwide report on how different countries and cultures celebrate the season of Christmas.

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[Meet the Elves]

[Franny Elf]

Franny Elf

Fly-About Franny Elf loves to fly. She also loves history and culture AND, of course, Christmas! She holds a Masters Degree both in History and Cultural Studies from the Elf Academy at the School of Wonders.

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[The North Pole Times News Team]