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Friday October 15, 2021    
[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.

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.

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.

This fun DIY paper cone Christmas Tree craft is super easy to make and a perfect holiday decoration to show off.

This Reindeer Headband craft is just too cute and would be perfect headwear for watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

This adorable Santa Paper Plate Mask craft is a great craft for your child using things you most likely have around your home.

It's the most wonderful time of the year but it wouldn't be complete without Santa in his sleigh.

Kids 5 and under love to get creative with different painting techniques. Painting with sponges is a simple and fun way to explore basic shapes to paint and cut out.

Franny Flies to Country Island of Ireland

Holly, decorations, pudding and superstitions

[Franny Flies to Country Island of Ireland]

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. Santa says it's a very important job or he would end up delivering the wrong toys to the wrong children.

My first stop this year is in the country island of Ireland. Ireland is part of Europe and everyone speaks English and some Gaelic. They really like their football (which some people call soccer) and shamrocks. I wanted to stop here first because it’s my farthest stop north this year. Ireland is very beautiful during the Christmas season; they decorate their houses and go to very festive markets. The island does get some snow during the winter, but not a lot.

[by Franny Elf] Today I’m stopping off at the house of Conor and Emma. These two siblings are very excited about Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the day after called St. Stephen’s Day. They have just put up a Christmas tree, which is a rather new tradition in Ireland. Historically, families used to decorate with ivy and holly to brighten their homes. Superstition holds that the more berries on the holly, the more luck you’ll have next year.

Christmas food in Ireland include a round cake, full of dried fruit. One is made for each person in the family. These fruit cakes are covered with marzipan and decorated with sweet icing. Christmas dessert is also greatly anticipated. The Irish love their Christmas pudding. The smell wafts through the house and brings happy memories to all. Conor and Emma can’t wait for all the festivities to begin this year.

Now we've discovered how children in Ireland celebrate Christmas, where all the good girls and boys will look forward to wonderful gifts and memories of Christmas. I'm heading south now to the nation of Colombia for next Friday's report to some place a bit warmer. Remember come back every day to visit us at The North Pole Times for new stories.

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Mikee Elf

Mikee Elf is a Psychology Major at the School of Wonders Elf Academy who just loves anything arts and crafts. When Gizmo Elf posted a job opening on the Elf bulletin board, she was first to apply.

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