Christmas in July is a break from the routine here at the North Pole. There just isn’t a lot of work getting done this week.
Yes, the workshop is open and elves are showing up for work. But they are all coming in wearing shorts and ball caps – so you know things are not all that serious (elves usually have to wear their uniforms to work).
Christmas in July is a time of contests and one of the favorite contests is the Jingle Bells Singing Contest.
This is an old Christmas-in-July tradition at the North Pole.
No, it’s not about who can sing Jingle Bells the loudest – or even who can sing it the best. It is about who can sing it the LONGEST.
Right now we’re in the middle of the contest. It’s been going on now since yesterday morning.
It started out with about 700 elves singing with gusto.
But most folks fall out after the first few hours of singing Jingle Bells.
I’m looking at the Jingle-Cam right now and I see about 15 elves left in the contest, and they’ve been singing Jingle Bells now for almost two full days.
The record is 4 days, 18 hours, 7 minutes and 13 seconds held by Elf Abner, of the reindeer department here at the North Pole. He set that record 27 years ago and no one has gotten close to it. Last year the winner went more than three days, so that was pretty good.
It’s a big day here at the North Pole – a glorious day! Today we drag out the decorations and the lights and we make it look like Christmas again at the North Pole. Even though it is the dead of summer.
Christmas in July is a great event. Everyone enjoys it.
It’s just like Christmas, just without all the work of toy delivery.
We decorate trees, we hang lights, we sing songs and we even eat some of the foods of Christmas.
We don’t have regular eggnog, of course, but we do have eggnog ice cream for Christmas in July.
And we don’t get presents but we do hang our stockings for Christmas in July. I found a sandwich in mine this morning.
You see, part of the fun of Christmas in July is that we get to do things we don’t get to do at Christmas. Like being Santa.
I know the sandwich in my stocking didn’t come from Santa but rather from someone who had fun being Santa for a moment. It was delicious and I appreciate it. I can’t wait to see what comes in my stocking tomorrow.
That’s part of the fun of Christmas in July. It goes for ten full days (so check back with us every day this month!).
Have you ever wondered what a Christmas party at the North Pole was like?
Now you can find out. Because it is party time!
Christmas-in-July is one great big Christmas party here at the North Pole. For the next two weeks we just go Christmas crazy.
We will be in full mode here on Santa Update. You’ll hear something from us every day.
You see, it is kind of a tradition for Santa to make some big announcements during Christmas in July. And those announcements always seem to shape the Christmas season ahead. In other words, the real story of Christmas 2017 is about to begin.
Remember how the Merry Prankster showed up at the Christmas-in-July picnic last year? What a story HE turned out to be, eh?
How do you think Christmas-in-July will affect the season ahead? You’ll have to be here to find out.
So tune in every day starting tomorrow and going all the way through the 25th of the month. It’ll be as much like Christmas as it can get anywhere in July.