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Free Wallpaper: An Egg-citing Time of Year

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In the Northern Hemisphere, grass is growing, flowers are blooming, and even the birds are chirping as if to announce that spring has sprung. Easter is less than a week away, so I’m sure many of you will be decorating eggs and going on Easter egg hunts. To celebrate all month long, download our adorable desktop wallpaper featuring Raymond the reindeer.

To download the free wallpaper, click on one of the sizes above and then right-click (Windows) or Control+click (Mac) the image and choose “Save Image As…”

Enjoy this egg-cellent desktop wallpaper from northpole.com!

Free Wallpaper: Lions and Lambs and Crafts, Oh My!

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March is here, and there are a couple of things to celebrate—National Craft Month and the arrival of spring! To get the month off to a crafty start, Raymond the reindeer and his pal made their lion and lamb costumes with some help from the elves. We hope this month’s calendar cheers you up as much as it does us… We just love Raymond’s sheep outfit!

To download the free calendar, click on one of the sizes above and then right-click (Windows) or Control+click (Mac) the image and choose “Save Image As…”

Enjoy this adorable desktop wallpaper from northpole.com!

Pssst… If you are looking for some crafty inspiration, be sure to head over to the Craft Cottage!

Free Wallpaper: Valentine’s Cheer from a Sweet Reindeer

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It’s February, and you aren’t the only one sending valentines. Raymond wanted to send you all an early Valentine’s Day gift. It’s not a card, chocolates, or candy hearts—it’s an adorable desktop calendar!

To download the free calendar, click on one of the sizes above and then right-click (Windows) or Control+click (Mac) the image and choose “Save Image As…”

Enjoy this darling desktop wallpaper from northpole.com!

Free Wallpaper: A Wintery Scene For Your Screen

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With the holidays being over and Christmas a long way off, January can feel a bit bleak. To cheer you up and warm your hearts, we—along with Raymond the reindeer—prepared a little something special for you…

A free 2015 desktop calendar for you to download! With this image as your desktop background, every time you are on your computer, you’ll be greeted by Raymond’s adorable face.

To download the free calendar, click on one of the sizes above and then right-click (Windows) or Control+click (Mac) the image and choose “Save Image As…”

Enjoy this delightful desktop wallpaper from northpole.com! We have more special things in store for you, so be sure to check back every month. :)

Happy Holidays from northpole.com!

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Christmas is here! YAY! :D

We hope that each and every one of you had a fabulous Christmas. All of us up here at the North Pole had a wonderful Christmas indeed.

We wanted to take this moment to say thanks to our corporate sponsors who have helped tremendously with the cost of developing and maintaining northpole.com. So, thank you very much to our Diamond Deck-the-Halls Sponsor, RTI, Inc., and our Platinum Poinsettia Sponsor, SimTrain! (Interested in sponsoring Northpole.com? Click here for more information.)

Also, thanks go out to YOU for spending part of your Christmas with us! We appreciate every single one of our visitors, and we are so happy that you came to visit Santa’s Secret Village. We do hope that you’ll spend part of next Christmas with us as well!

So, what was your favourite Christmas memory this year? Did you receive a cherished gift, try a new delicious recipe, or go ice skating with a special someone? Let us know in the comments!

Enjoy the rest of Christmas Day, and from all of us at northpole.com, we wish you a very happy and healthy 2015!

Etsy Item of the Day: Reluctant Reindeer Print

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Oh my, I practically melted when I saw this adorable print! Featuring a basset hound who is the rather reluctant reindeer for a little girl’s sleigh ride venture, this is one of my favourite prints that I’ve ever seen on Etsy. Not only does the artist have a great style, but she captured the basset hound perfectly. I mean, look at those droopy ears and chunky feet! :D This cuteness is also available as a card.

Etsy Seller: Nwelli Art and Design

Amazing Synchronized Christmas Lights

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Happy Christmas Eve, everyone! Tonight Santa will make his big trip around the world, and I’m sure many of you are spending today wrapping your last few gifts, cooking a delicious meal, or perhaps spending some time with loved ones. Whatever you’re busy with today, if you need a short, festive break, check out the videos below of Christmas lights synchronized with songs—some with Christmas carols and some with songs a little less traditional, but fun nonetheless :) These awesome videos will have you tapping your toes and wondering exactly how many lights these folks have on their houses!

I think the Star Wars house is my favourite with the “Carol of the Bells” house a close second. Let me know which video you liked best in the comments!

Etsy Item of the Day: Heart Embroidery Hoop Ornament

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Filled with some of the charm Raymond & I experienced in Savannah, this heart embroidery hoop ornament would be a sweet addition to your Christmas tree—or you could simply hang it on your wall! With embroidered and beaded details, this 3-inch hoop is just darling. [Psst… Not digging these colours? The Etsy shop has loads of colourways to choose from.]

Etsy Seller: For the Love of Pattern

Raymond Around the World: Savannah

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So far this year I’ve told you about Raymond’s and my adventures bustling about NYC, relaxing in the Blue Ridge Mountains, hoofing around London so Raymond could take in even more sights, and soaking up some history in Rome. Raymond and I travelled to one other city during our downtime this year… Savannah, Georgia!

We made our way down to Savannah to visit a friend of mine who was travelling around the Southeastern United States on her bicycle. This friend put so many miles on her bicycle that you would think it’s Santa’s sleigh!

All of us enjoyed Savannah’s Southern charm with its historic buildings and tree-lined streets. Raymond was especially intrigued by the Spanish moss that grows hanging from tree branches all over the city.

Enjoying a muggy day in Savannah
Where’s Raymond?
Silly reindeer having fun in the Spanish moss

During our trip, walking was our main source of transportation, so we were able to enjoy quite a number of Savannah’s squares and green spaces. We had a delicious brunch near Forsyth Park, which was rather lovely. Not only are there several statues in the park, but the beautiful azaleas were also in bloom.

Reading the inscription on the Spanish-American War Memorial in Forsyth Park
Hammin’ it up near some azaleas

Before we journeyed back to the North Pole, Raymond and I went down to River Street to check out the Savannah River one more time, as well as pick up some gophers for the trip home. Now, I’m sure you’re thinking, “Gophers!? Huh?” Gophers are a Savannah treat made by pouring caramel over a bed of Georgia pecans and topping all that with chocolate. They were so yummy that we ate them all before we could get a photo! :D

Tummy full of gophers near the Savannah River

Raymond and I had a fabulous time in Savannah. Where should Raymond visit next year? Let us know in the comments!

Merry Christmas, y’all!

Etsy Item of the Day: Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

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With Christmas just 3 days away, it’s a little late to get an advent calendar for this year, but it’s not too early to get one for next year! This Christmas tree advent calendar is handmade from felt, and you’ll want to use it year after year.

Each day of advent you or your kids can take an ornament from a pocket and hang it on the tree. You’ll get a few extra ornaments just in case one goes missing! If you crafty like I am, you might be interested in purchasing the PDF pattern so you can make it yourself.
Christmas Tree Advent Calendar ~ Etsy Seller: The Lullaby Loft

Etsy Seller: The Lullaby Loft
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