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Thursday September 28, 2023    
[Mikee Elf]
Crafts for Kids!

Pass on secret codes that only you and your fellow spy detectives can decipher. This Super Secret Decoder Wheel is SO secret that... We’d tell you more but, it’s a secret! :) A great way to build analytical skills.

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.

Looking for a fun craft idea to keep the kiddos busy this holiday season while on holiday recess? This cute little sock snowman might be exactly what you need! Other than being an adorable decoration, it’s also a cool way make use of old socks.

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

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

It is Festive in July at the North Pole

Many countries celebrate

[It is Festive in July at the North Pole]

July is one of the few months of the year that the elves get to enjoy above freezing temperatures on a normal basis (although there are always a few days that dip back to normal). So it is a great month to spend time outside, enjoying fireworks and festivities! Because the elves of the North Pole consider themselves global citizens, they enjoy celebrating all of the national holidays! And in July there are a lot!!

July 1st!
We start the month off with a bang since five countries celebrate their independence day on July 1st! Canada, Rwanda, Somali, Hong Kong, and Burundi. With so many different cultures and traditions to celebrate, the elves host a feast featuring some of each country's delicacies. The Canadian table usually offers poutine and smoked meats. To celebrate Rwanda, the elves feast on akabenzi (pan-fried pork) and plantains. Somalia's table features breakfast foods, including canjeero and canjeelo (breads that resemble pancakes). To celebrate Hong Kong, this country's table has an array of rice and noodles as well as congee (a type of porridge). The Burundi table pays tribute to the bounty of crops grown there, in particular red kidney beans.

July 4th
On July 4th, 1776 the Second Continental Congress in the United States of America adopted the Declaration of Independence. Thus making the 4th of July its Independence Day. The elves remember the first 4th of July celebration, and try to honor that celebration every year. In 1777, Independence Day was first celebrated in Philadelphia. The celebration included bonfires, bells and fireworks! The reindeer share their bells for the party. But the fireworks tend to startle them! So the elves have found quieter fireworks so everyone can enjoy the day!

[by Elvin Elf]

July 14
Bastille Day in France marks the fall of a giant fortress, Bastille, which served as a state prison. This action is seen as the beginning of the French Revolution, where French citizens overthrew the monarchy. In Paris you will find parties in the street and fireworks. So the elves, inspired by these parties, host gatherings in the streets of the North Pole too!

Christmas in July
While this tradition started south of the North Pole (as an excuse for stores to have sales), the elves were delighted to have an excuse to honor their favorite holiday! They like to use it as a test run. So their Christmas in July celebration is full of games and contests! They include:

  • Christmas Cookie Baking Contest
  • Gingerbread House Construction Contest
  • Gift wrapping contest (with categories for fastest wrapper and the most creative)
  • Try to guess the toy that will show up the most on kids wish lists!

It is a great way for the elves to sharpen their skills as they gear up for the pre-holiday workshop season!

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World Friendship Day
Published Tuesday August 01, 2023

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[It is Festive in July at the North Pole]
It is Festive in July at the North Pole
Published Saturday July 01, 2023

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[Summer Fun at the North Pole]
Summer Fun at the North Pole
Published Thursday June 01, 2023

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[The North Pole May Check In!]
The North Pole May Check In!
Published Monday May 01, 2023

Welcome to May in the North Pole. The elves are excited because there is usually a big temperature jump in May.

[Celebrations in April]
Celebrations in April
Published Saturday April 01, 2023

April showers, bring May flowers… But in the North Pole April brings a lot of fun and festive times for the elves. With holidays that celebrate their love of fun and faith, April has it all.

[St. Patrick’s Day at the North Pole]
St. Patrick’s Day at the North Pole
Published Wednesday March 01, 2023

Right now our favorite elves are decorating for St. Patrick’s Day at the North Pole while also starting their spring cleaning and planting. They are dreaming about shamrocks and the sun!

[Month of Love]
Month of Love
Published Wednesday February 01, 2023

Let’s take a look at some of the holidays our friends celebrate during the “Month of Love.” 

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