North Pole Prepares for Thanksgiving

Santa UpdateHappy, happy everyone!

It is a huge day here at the North Pole. Everyone is so very busy.

In kitchens all over the North Pole Village ovens are busy cooking up treats for tomorrow. There are pies, cookies and breads all being baked and things smell wonderful. All that cooking is going on today because tomorrow those ovens will be used for turkeys, hams, goose and roasts for Thanksgiving.

Outside of those same homes people are working on putting the finishing touches on their Christmas lights and displays.

And there are elves everywhere decorating their trikes.

Yes, elves love to ride their trikes in the annual Elf Parade held on Thanksgiving Day here at the North Pole.

They decorate them with streamers and lights and Christmas decorations. Elves look pretty goofy riding trikes but they love it and tomorrow is the one big day of the year they get to do it.

Wherever you are we hope you’re having a great day too!

Elf Ernest

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North Pole Gets Ready for Christmas Lighting Contest

Santa UpdateHi everyone!

One of the big events this week is the annual Christmas lighting contest which happens after dark on Thursday. That’s the night of the big Christmas Light Switch-On.

For months the elves have been working on decorating their homes. We get pretty serious about it, in fact.

There is a contest, you see, and the house voted best decorated gets an award.

Santa takes us all on a walk about through the neighborhoods of the North Pole village to look at all the lights and Christmas displays.

It is one of the biggest events of the year.

I have seen some completed displays already and I can tell you that the Nativity is a big theme this year. Rumor has it that Elf Gomer brought in live camel for his displays but I haven’t seen any camels yet.

We will keep you posted on how this event goes!

Elf Ernest

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When Things Go Wrong at the North Pole

Life as an ElfThe Merry Prankster sure upset a lot of folks this week. When the news broke of what he did at the North Pole Post Office what did the children of the world do? They flooded the North Pole post Office with letters.

Isn’t that ironic?

That’s okay, kids. That is what you are supposed to do.

Children are writing because they are afraid that the Merry Prankster will affect Christmas. The fact that he would do something so terrible as what he did this week really upsets them.
It upsets us here at the North Pole too.

Believe it or not, when bad things happen at the North Pole – and they sometimes do – we worry just as anyone else would.

Over the years we have had a lot of tough events to deal with.

There was the year with no sugar at the North Pole. Last year the reindeer went missing. Then there was that awful year of the Bah Humbug Virus and that year when Santa was so sick he couldn’t fly the sleigh.

Most of you are too young to remember those times.

In every case, things turned out okay. Yes, it might have changed one Christmas in a small way or another but at the end of it all there was still Christmas.

The lesson we learn over and over again at the North Pole is that what we do is not limited to just one man. Santa is our leader and he shows us the way. But all of us have a small part in what Santa does.

When we work together there just isn’t a problem we cannot fix.

This year the problem seems to be this Merry Prankster.

I want you to know that no matter what – they will catch this guy. No matter what – he can’t stop Christmas. Nobody ever has. Nobody ever will.

So we appreciate your concern. And we appreciate your ideas and your suggestions.

Bad things happen everywhere. It is never a question of whether or not we will go through hard things. The question is how we decide to react to it.

At the North Pole we have learned to deal with these things by focusing on love and giving. And by working together.

I would bet all the money in the world that is how we solve the problem of the Merry Prankster.

Things You Need to Know About Reindeer

Life as an ElfLast Christmas was all about how Santa’s reindeer went missing. Remember that?

It was such a big story that the email questions about reindeer are still pouring in.

There are some things you need to know about reindeer. I think I can answer a lot of your questions right here.

First of all, you might be asking what reindeer have to do with elf life. It is my job after all to write about elf life.

Understand that anyone working for Santa is an elf. Reindeer work for Santa. So technically a reindeer is an elf.

No, reindeer don’t look like other elves. But we have already discussed that elves don’t have to look a particular way to be an elf.

Reindeer and Santa have a very unusual connection. He just understands them. And he loves them.

Santa also understands your curiosity about them. I actually called Santa before I wrote this to tell him some concerns I had about this topic.

Santa explained to me that your curiosity and love of reindeer is actually a good thing. He wants you to understand reindeer because he understands why you might like them so much. He does too.

I asked Santa how he first met the reindeer and how they became elves that work for him.

Santa explained that when he grew up he would see reindeer in the mountains sometimes when he helped a family member herding mountain goats. This is something that back in the old days they would do a lot.

Santa says he studied the reindeer from a distance for a long, long time. He noticed that they were animals that were very in tune with nature and everything around them. For a long time a reindeer will stand still and study everything – the sky, the water, the birds and the sounds of nature.

Santa noticed that they moved very quietly. Often they would move towards danger – not away from it. And this was because, Santa observed, they were smart and trusted their own abilities to keep safe.

Santa told me it took him many years to learn to “speak” reindeer. He said it isn’t actually talking that he does to the reindeer. He said it is more like thinking. He thinks the same time they think and somehow they know how each other thinks.

Santa says the reindeer fly and get him around the world so quickly because they are pure. He said the reindeer have big hearts. They love to serve. And they love to give. And this gives them their powers to help Santa.

Does this mean you could capture a reindeer and teach them to fly?

Santa doesn’t think you should try. He said it took him many, many years to see it happen and he only saw a reindeer fly when THEY trusted Santa. They just won’t fly for everyone, he explains.

Santa also told me to tell you that he appreciates all you do for the reindeer. When you leave out carrots or oats or water for them on Christmas Eve he appreciates it. And he gives it to them.

He says it isn’t the nutrition from this food that helps them as much as the LOVE you put into providing it for them that makes them fly.

Think about that!

Halloween for Elves at the North Pole

Life as an ElfHalloween is a lot like Christmas at the North Pole. There is a buzz here this week as Halloween approaches. Everyone is happy. Everyone is excited.

Elves love Halloween.

Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love Halloween.

Elves in general are really creative people. We have to be. All we do is create.

Santa teaches us in elf class that the most important thing we can ever have is an imagination and as elves we’re good at that.

Elves, for example, create toys. Then we create ways to get toys to you.

So when it comes to Halloween I think it is a day that just brings out the best in an elf: creativity.

Right now, as I write this, elves everywhere here are creating something of magic: their Halloween costume.

A lot goes into this. Some start months ahead of time. But all are very highly creative by the time the day is done.

Halloween is a day off here at the North Pole. Imagine that. No toy making. No cookie eating. No shuffling letters to Santa, no buzzing saws in the workshop, no sticky tape in the wrapping department and no one at the world map in the Tracking Department. We’re all off.

And we hide. We don’t want anyone to see us before it is time.

Then, right around noon our time, the chime goes off on the big clock in the North Pole town square and we come out of our homes – in costumes – many on their trikes – for the annual Halloween parade.

We have two big parades here at the North Pole. One at Halloween and one at Thanksgiving. And while elves ride their trikes in both of them they are very different parades. And that is because of the costumes.

Elves love Halloween for the costumes alone. There is a contest, as I am certain Elf Ernest has told you in the past, to recognize the best costume at the North Pole. Elves go all out for it.
I’ll never forget the year Elf Yogi came as an Exploding Grape. It was awesome. He looked just like a real grape. He came out of his house big and juicy and round in a purple rubber suit that had to be heavier than a ton of bricks.

His face and any exposed skin was all painted a sparkly deep purple and he had a little stem growing out of his head. It was a simple costume, striking because of its color alone.

It was so simple, in fact, that nobody noticed him.

He stood next to the guy in the “world’s largest candy cane” costume. On the other side of him was “Christmas light girl”, an elf decked out in synchronized Christmas lights. There was no flash to Elf Yogi and he just told everyone he was a grape.

Nobody thought he would win the big prize.

But when the elves crowded around the town square as Santa got ready to declare another elf the winner, Yogi stepped forward and yelled, “Everyone cover your eyes!” – and just like that he EXPLODED! And grape juice went flying everywhere.

A deep reddish/purple liquid cloud erupted from him that covered the “world’s largest candy cane” and Christmas light girl. Anyone within 30 feet of Yogi was just plastered with grape.

At first everyone gasped and then there was silence – as Santa, his red suit splattered here and there, looked down at Yogi and said, “What are you supposed to be now?”

Yogi smiled. “A raisin,” he said.

And then Santa laughed – laughed as hard as I ever heard him laugh.

In fact, Yogi got everyone laughing, even though many of them were a mess. And Santa gave him the big prize.

Halloween is messy for other reasons. It is, as you know, the time for the annual Elf Food Fight. I’ll let Ernest explain that to you. It is a mystery to me.

But not Halloween. It brings out the best in us and we have a great time.

I hope you have a great time too.