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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.

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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