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Warm Fuzzies from Mog the Cat

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‘Tis the season for giving, sharing, and spreading joy. This short video of Mog the cat gave me warm fuzzies, and I’m sure it will make you feel cheery, too. Be sure to watch until the very end to see how things turn out!

Wasn’t that a sweet ending? Though this is a Sainsbury’s advert, I love the fact that it reminds me of what truly matters. In this case, neighbors pulled together to help the family recover from the fire. What can you do to make the season brighter for someone in your life? Perhaps it’s sharing a meal with a friend or baking cookies for your coworkers. Share a smile with someone you pass on the street; you can make a difference in someone else’s day in seemingly small ways. What will you do today? Let us know in the comments below. :)

Etsy Item of the Day: Christmas Tree Sugar Cookie Earrings

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These Christmas tree sugar cookie earrings will make a good gift for someone who loves to bake or has a sweet tooth. Since I adore sweets and enjoy baking, it’s obvious why I like these earrings so much! I especially like that the sprinkles are pastels, which makes them a subtler Christmas accessory than my ugly Christmas sweater. ;-)
Christmas Tree Sugar Cookie Earrings

Etsy Seller: Cute Treats

#OptOutside This Friday

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#OptOutside This Friday

This Friday REI, the outdoor recreation and sporting goods retailer, is doing something rather extraordinary. Instead of participating in Black Friday, they are closing all of their stores and paying their 12,000+ employees to spend time outside, and they are inviting everyone else to join them. While some folks probably can’t imagine a store not being open on the biggest shopping day of the year, this campaign [appropriately called #OptOutside] fits quite well with REI’s belief that “a life outside is a life well-lived,” and I can definitely appreciate them practicing what they preach!

In the midst of holiday busyness, taking some time to go explore the great outdoors sounds like a fantastic idea. All of us could benefit from pausing and enjoying the beauty of nature—whether it’s a snowy mountain, scenic state park, metropolitan botanical garden, or your favourite campground.

Some parks in the USA are even offering special discounts and events to help encourage people to #OptOutside this Friday. Here are just a few of the participating park systems:

For a list of additional park systems, organizations, and companies that have partnered with REI on this campaign, please visit REI’s website. Or, go here to find places to have fun skiing, hiking, cycling, or paddling. You can also check out the hashtag #OptOutside on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram to see how others are spending their Friday out in the fresh air!

Personally, I plan to #OptOutside on Black Friday by exploring a marsh and a beach with my fiancé and my dog. How will you be spending the day? Will you be fighting the crowds at the mall? Hiking with your children at a state park? Sleeping in late and then putting up your Christmas tree? Going for a run around a lake? Let us know in the comments!

Kindling Spirits with the Singing Christmas Tree

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Portland Singing Christmas Tree
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Ready to kick off the holiday season? If you live near Portland, Oregon, the Singing Christmas Tree is a great way to do so! This unforgettable theatrical production is 53 years in the making. It all began in 1962 with just a single show and has grown into an annual Portland tradition with multiple performances. Make it a date with someone special on a Saturday evening or catch an afternoon matinee with the whole family. Comprised of hundreds of local singers, dancers, actors, and a live orchestra, the Singing Christmas Tree is sure to be an experience that kindles the Christmas spirit in the hearts of all who attend. To find out more information about the performances and to get tickets, go here.

2015 Performance Dates:

  • Saturday, November 28th – 11:00am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, November 29th – 2:30pm
  • Thursday, December 3rd – 7:30pm
  • Friday, December 4th – 7:30pm
  • Saturday, December 5th – 11:00am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, December 6th – 2:30pm

Want to support the Singing Christmas Tree, but can’t attend any of the performances? Consider making a donation to help it come to life next year! Click here for more information.

Etsy Item of the Day: “Joy to the World” Snowman Print

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I love the simplicity of this whimsical snowman print. A single white balloon keeps this fellow afloat as he drifts into a snowy sky. His charming smile and festive hat, scarf, and stockings are what really delight me! The splash of red perfectly balances the white and subtle greys. If you want to spread Christmas joy to all your family and friends, this cheery design is also available as a greeting card.

Etsy Seller: Stacy Yacula Studio

The Holiday Season is Here!


One month until Christmas!

A little over a month. Less than 5 weeks. 32 days. However you want to phrase it, the fact remains that it will be Christmas before we know it!

This is an especially busy time here at, just as I’m sure it’s a busy time for you. I do hope that you and your family will come visit us here regularly during the holiday season. Besides all of the great stuff elsewhere on the site [such as the fabulous crafts, yummy recipes, and letters to Santa], we will be bringing you fun, festive content here on the Elf Blog every single day between now and Christmas.

If you love holiday events, are wondering where Raymond the reindeer travelled to this year, or simply need a daily dose of Christmas joy, the Elf Blog has you covered. We look forward to spending the holiday season with you and yours!

Free Wallpaper: Pining for Christmas


Less than two months until Christmas is here! For many of you, the weather is steadily getting colder as the warm autumn colors make way for the evergreens to take center stage. Those colossal conifers have already dropped lots of pinecones, and Raymond the reindeer is eager to gather some. What do you think he’ll use the pinecones for: to make a fun craft or perhaps decorate the Reindeer Barn?

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 month’s wallpaper from!

Free Wallpaper: Raymond the Furry Phantom


We’re sure that many of you are excited about one spooky holiday coming up on October 31st—Halloween! Get your costume ready so you can go door-knocking for some sweet treats on All Hallows’ Eve. Our own little reindeer, Raymond, is eager to join the fun. Here he is, dressed as a ghost and ready to go trick-or-treating!

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 spooky wallpaper from!

Free Wallpaper: Apple-Picking Season

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As the leaves begin to change colors and fall to the ground, the shift in seasons reminds us that there is just one more season until the Christmas season! September is a special month as holds a few key dates: The 16th marks 100 days until Christmas, and the 23rd is the autumnal equinox. Not only that, but September is also the start of the apple harvest. Raymond the reindeer has rounded up lots of apples already and made this fall wallpaper for you! Download it now to your desktop computer, laptop or tablet.

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 sweet wallpaper from!

Psst… If you’re looking for ways to cook with the abundance of apples this fall, check out the recipes in Mrs. Claus’ Cookbook!

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