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Wednesday January 26, 2022    
[Mikee Elf]
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!

A South Korean Christmas

Santa dressed in blue

[A South Korean Christmas]

Hi kids! It’s me Franny Elf, here to bring you one last Franny Friday report for the year. My job is to travel around the world to see how kids celebrate Christmas in so many different countries. I have just left sunny and warm New Zealand and my last stop this year is in South Korea. South Korea is the bottom part of a peninsula, that’s a piece of land that is surrounded by water on all but one side. It is also just to the west of Japan, which I had a great time when I visited a few years ago.  

Brrrr! Well, it’s definitely winter here. It’s cold for sure in December, but it doesn’t snow too much because of all the water in the surrounding seas. We’re in luck though, there is a light dusting of snow making it seem all the more Christmas-y. Kids and adults get Christmas off as a holiday, but they don’t get a longer break until later in the winter. Most families spend Christmas morning going to church. Churches are specially decorated for the season but also glow with big neon crosses that are lit all year long. In the capital of Seoul, the city is in charge of holiday lights, they put wonderous lights on all the bridges along the Han River. People like to decorate their homes with more traditional gifts that represent their history like silk slippers or drums. 

[by Franny Elf]

For gifts people usually only get one gift per person. Some people give toys and trinkets, but traditionally money is handed out as a present. Some families eat a Christmas potluck dinner at home, but many more go out to restaurants or buffets in the evening. Christmas Cake is served, which most of the time is a sponge cake covered in ice cream. Yum! 

Finally, Christmas is seen as a romantic holiday, so younger couples are more likely to spend it together than with their families. I’ve heard from some kids that they see Santa throughout the season but that they call him Santa Grandfather and he sometimes wears blue! Imagine that!

Thanks for joining me in finding out how people in South Korea celebrate Christmas. It sure sounds like a fun time! I’m heading back home now to the North Pole to give my last report to Santa. Be on the lookout for him flying over your country in just a short while. Meanwhile I’ll see you next Christmas Season! Merry Christmas everyone!!!

-- More Franny Fridays --
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[Greetings from South Africa]
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Published Friday December 03, 2021

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[Christmas Train and Santa Parade]
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Published Friday November 26, 2021

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[Franny Gets Ready to Fly]
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Published Monday November 01, 2021

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

[The North Pole Times News Team]