[The North Pole Times]
[Santa's OFFICIAL News Source]
Monday Dec 04, 2023    
[Mrs Claus]
Christmas Cookies

These little cherry flavored gems are Rudolph's favorite. Any ideas as to why?

A delicate, crisp little cookie, ( also known as Swedish Butter Cookie) with a deep buttery flavor.

Nothing short of heavenly. Quite sweet, but the extra tart of the cream cheese and cranberries gives just the perfect tart touch to leave you craving just one more.

Try these cookies on the sweet-tooth in the family. Our Elves love 'em... yours will too!

There's nothing like a nice molasses cookie and a glass of milk during the holidays.

Another festive treat from Ali Elf! You've got to try it.

How about this nutty treat for your holiday party

You're going to love these little treats, direct from Mrs. Claus' Kitchen at the North Pole!

Yet another tasty treat from Ali Elf. Be careful though, you'll probably want to eat a lot of these.

Here they are! Santa's Favorite Cookies. Tried and tested on Santa himself. Leave a couple of these out Christmas Eve to make Santa REAL happy!

These are a favorite of stable elves; the elves who take care of Santa's reindeer.

Here's another favorite of the Elves. We think you will enjoy them too.

These Spicy Gingerbread Cookies have a bold flavor that's sure to tantalize your taste buds.

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!!!

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

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[The North Pole Times News Team]