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Free Wallpaper: Raymond’s Ready for the Rio Olympics

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This Friday the Summer Olympic Games will begin in Rio de Janeiro! As you probably know, Raymond the reindeer loves sports—whether it’s baseball, cricket, reindeer games, or anything in between. He even went to London, England for the 2012 Summer Olympics! Raymond is getting rather excited for this year’s games, so he decided to participate in a little track and field. Here he is donning his sweat bands, ready to run laps. Maybe with a little of Santa’s magic, Raymond can beat the world record for the 100m ;)

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 sporty wallpaper from Northpole.com!

Free Wallpaper: The Lake is Calling…

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…So take a break and head to the lake with your pal Raymond the reindeer. Download this wallpaper, and whenever you look at it, you’ll be transported to the serene scene. Picture yourself sitting on a dock, dipping your toes (or hooves) in the cool water, enjoying the warm breeze. Ahh… Summer! :)

And speaking of summertime fun, what’s your favorite lake to visit? Let us know in the comments below!

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 relaxing wallpaper from Northpole.com!

Free Wallpaper: Up, Up, and Away!

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The summer months are upon us, and many of you probably have vacation plans for the upcoming season. Raymond the reindeer also wanted to go on an adventure and got a bit carried away—literally!—by a bouquet of balloons. Give your pal Raymond a place to land and download this wallpaper to your 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 wonderful wallpaper from Northpole.com!

Free Wallpaper: Raymond’s Enchanted Forest

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Maybe it’s just us, but it seems like the first few months of the year just flew by, and May is suddenly here! We hope you all are enjoying the spring season with its blooming flowers, verdant foliage, and wildlife scurrying about. To make your May a little brighter, a little warmer, and little bit magical, here’s an enchanting digital wallpaper for your desktop, 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 whimsical wallpaper from Northpole.com!

Free Wallpaper: Raymond’s Garden

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It’s April, and spring is in full swing. If you have a green thumb, you’ve probably already decided what plants you’re going to grow this year. Raymond the reindeer thought he’d try his hand hoof at gardening, and with some help, he got this little garden started!

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 earthy wallpaper from Northpole.com!

Free Wallpaper: Spring Greetings!

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In many places across the globe, spring is just around the corner. Soon flowers will begin blooming and plants will sprout new foliage. We thought we’d help you spring into the new month (and new season ahead!) with a wallpaper featuring Raymond the reindeer in a lush garden he visited during one of his trips south. So whether you’re seeing signs of spring or are still waiting for the snow to melt, you can download this wallpaper and enjoy the sunny scene all month long.

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 cheery wallpaper from Northpole.com!

Free Wallpaper: Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Love

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As we enter this new month, we can’t help thinking about the lovey-dovey holiday many of you celebrate on February 14th. That’s right, we’re talking about Valentine’s Day! We elves get tickled pink at the sight of all the heart decorations on display all over the world—and at the North Pole. Raymond the reindeer is feeling especially affectionate this year and wanted to shower you all with love. So, consider this wallpaper a token of his affection that you can enjoy all month long!

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 heartwarming wallpaper from Northpole.com!

Free Wallpaper: Welcoming a New Year

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As we’re sure you can understand, all of us elves were rather pooped after the holiday season. Now that we’ve had some rest and relaxation, we thought we’d share a 2016 calendar with you! In this wallpaper, Raymond the reindeer is accompanied by one of his little penguin pals who is visiting from the South Pole. We can’t handle the cuteness overload! ;)

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 wintery wallpaper from Northpole.com. Be sure to check back at the beginning of each month for a new calendar wallpaper!

(Psst… If you want to learn how to make your own penguin pal, check out this craft in the Craft Cottage.)

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

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Merry Christmas, Everyone!
Photo Credit: Alexandra (Alexas_Fotos). License: CC0 1.0.

It’s Christmas—hooray! :D

We hope everyone had a very merry Christmas! All of us up here at the North Pole had a lovely Christmas indeed.

Yesterday in her blog post, Mary talked a lot about gratitude, so we wanted to take a 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!

As 2015 draws to a close, there are now 366 days until Christmas. [Don't forget that next year is a leap year!] We won’t be posting on the Elf Blog quite as often over the next several months, but come check back every now and then because we will be posting a few surprises between now and next holiday season :)

So, what is your favourite Christmas memory from this year? Did you spend time with loved ones, volunteer, or try out a new holiday recipe? Let us know in the comments below.

Thanks again for spending part of your Christmas with us here at northpole.com, and we wish you a very happy and healthy 2016!

Etsy Item of the Day: Basset Hound Table Top Art

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If you’ve been reading the Elf Blog these past four years, you may have gathered that I LOVE basset hounds, so it should come as no surprise that I’m head over heels for this basset hound table top art! In fact, I adore these pieces so much that I decided that I just had to feature both :D Winston [who looks a lot like my parents' basset, Norman!] is rather festive with his Santa hat and candy cane, and Vixen is such a cutie with her reindeer antlers and harness. The artist behind Artful Hounds has done a fantastic job in capturing the chunky paws, droopy faces, and floppy ears of basset hounds. Dare I say, I’m smitten!
Winston
Vixen

Etsy Seller: Artful Hounds
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