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Christmassy Kickstarter Campaigns

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KickstarterAs I’ve mentioned before, we elves love any sort of creative project—from crafts to films to technological experiments, we love it all. So, just as last year, I would like to highlight some fabulous festive projects that are currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, a website whose mission is “to help bring creative projects to life.”

Laser Engraved Wooden Holiday Cards

If you’re looking for a unique spin on Christmas cards, then consider backing the campaign for these holiday cards. Not only are the cards made of wood, but the fun designs are also laser engraved—extra spiffy!

Get your own cards by donating to this campaign, but hurry! Funding ends this Saturday, 22 November.

Christmas Through the Eyes of an 8-Year-Old

A young girl from Lincolnshire wishes to travel around England in order to photograph the Christmas lights in all of the major cities, and her mother is helping her run a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to cover transportation and printing of the photographs. The 8-year-old plans to exhibit her photos in a local venue the week before Christmas. It’s awesome to see a child excited about photography and Christmas!

Back this artsy Kickstarter project here.

Farmhouse Fudge… Christmas Edition!

Farmhouse Fudge produces fudge with real butter, real cream, and real chocolate, and they have quite the assortment of flavours: butter pecan, red velvet, cranberry walnut, peppermint bark, and the list goes on. They have been selling fudge in Utah for more than three years, and they are hoping to expand their customer base with the help of their Kickstarter campaign.

The rewards for backing this campaign are different types of fudge, so I’m sure you’re tempted to donate to this project!

The Harpoons Christmas CD

The Harpoons—a classically-trained harp and bassoon duo—are hoping to release their first ever Christmas album this year with the help of the Kickstarter community. Their album will includes perennial favourites, such as “White Christmas” and “Silent Night.” Based on the music in their Kickstarter video, it sounds like the tunes will be lovely!

Help make the Harpoons’ album a reality by backing their Kickstarter campaign here.

Etsy Item of the Day: Wooden Octopus Ornament

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Someone very special in my life loves octopuses, so I couldn’t resist this happy octopus ornament. By the look on his face, I think the octopus is as pleased as we are that the holiday season is here! The cute design is burned onto an unfinished wooden circle, and the ornament can even be personalized with a name and date.
Wooden Octopus Ornament

Etsy Seller: Rogue Rhino

It’s That Time of Year Again…

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Well, folks, can you believe that there are only 37 days until Christmas? Despite how busy we elves are during the holiday season, we thought it was about time to start blogging more in order to inject some merriness into your days. We do hope you’ll stop by regularly between now and Christmas, as we’ll be highlighting charities, posting some of our holiday favourites from Etsy, and sharing other festive fun. Plus, you’ll get to see where in the world Raymond the reindeer visited this year!

If you’ve read the Elf Blog in years past, you might be wondering where the crafts went. Have no fear—they’re still here! The elves have created so many awesome craft projects that we decided the crafts deserved their own home at the North Pole. So, may I present to you… the Craft Cottage!

Craft Cottage

The Craft Cottage houses all kinds of crafty goodness—from ornaments to home decor to wreaths and more. So bust out the glitter and glue gun, and head on over to the Craft Cottage.

Northpole.com Crafts

Our regular readers might also be asking themselves what happened to the great gift ideas we previously highlighted on the Elf Blog. Again, we decided that all this fabulous content warranted its own space, so we packed up all the gift ideas and moved them to the Gift Shop!

Gift Shop

In the Gift Shop, you will find elf-curated presents for every type of person on your Christmas list. Whether you’re shopping for a chef, sports nut, or creative kid, we’ve got you covered.

Thanks for stopping by. We certainly look forward to spending the holiday season with you. Let us know in the comments what you’re most excited about this Christmas!

Etsy Item of the Day: Dachshunds Christmas Card

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This sweet Christmas card features an original illustration of two adorable dachshunds celebrating the holidays under a wreath. I love the three-dimensional details like the bow on the wreath and the dogs’ ears. The Etsy shop also has cute Christmas cards featuring other dog breeds, such as English bulldog, French bulldog, and Welsh corgi.
Dachshunds Christmas Card

Etsy Seller: Cuore

Etsy Item of the Day: Reindeer Dog Snood

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This reindeer dog snood is too cute and hilarious! “What in the world is a snood?” you ask. Well, a snood is a funny little dog hat that keeps the dog’s ears tucked away so that long ears stay clean while eating or prior to a dog show. If you want to keep your dog’s ears clean and are in a festive mood, then this is the snood for you!
Reindeer Dog Snood

Etsy Seller: Dog Day Designs

Raymond Around the World: South Korea

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After Raymond and I visited my friend in Tokyo, Japan, we popped over to South Korea to visit another friend of mine. Neither of us had been to Korea before, so we were excited to experience a new culture and country!

It was really hot while we were in Korea—especially compared to the North Pole—but we just ignored the heat and ventured out to explore. The Korean Peninsula is so full of history, so we made sure to take in plenty of historical sites. The first of which was the Jongmyo Shrine, a Confucian shrine located in Seoul. This shrine is on the UNESCO World Heritage list and houses memorial tablets for the kings and queens of the Joseon Dynasty.

Raymond in KoreaAt the entrance to Jongmyo Shrine
Raymond in KoreaOutside Yeongnyeongjeon [Hall of Eternal Comfort] where the memorial tablets are stored
Raymond in KoreaChecking out the different architecture in Jongmyo Shrine

While walking around another afternoon, Raymond & I happened upon Jogyesa Temple, the headquarters for the Jogye Buddhist Order. With its vibrant lanterns and colourful architecture, this temple really caught our eye.

Raymond in KoreaRaymond about to enter Jogyesa Temple
Raymond in KoreaRaymond especially loved the colourful lanterns

Another afternoon, Raymond and I emerged from the subway in Seoul to see a martial arts performance happening right in Gwanghwamun Square—how neat! After watching the amazing performance, we saw a statue of Sejong the Great, one of the most important kings in Korean history.

Raymond in Korea“Annyeonghaseyo, King Sejong!”

The statue of King Sejong is located near Gwanghwamun Gate, the main and largest gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace. Unfortunately we did not have time to visit this palace, but we at least took a photo near the gate :)

Raymond in KoreaRaymond smiling, despite how hot it was. We shared a Mango Fruit Pudding Blended Juice at Starbucks [mmm!] to cool down.

While we didn’t have time to visit Gyeongbokgung Palace during this trip, we did make it to Changgyeonggung Palace where we enjoyed looking at the architecture and learning about the history of the palace.

Raymond in KoreaRaymond taking a gander at Myeongjeongjeon [main hall]

Before Raymond & I went to Korea, I was a little concerned about finding vegetarian dishes for us to eat since most Korean food isn’t veg-friendly, but we were pleasantly surprised! From time to time, it was still a little difficult to find vegetarian food, but when we would find something, it was usually pretty darn yummy.

One of my favourite new dishes is bibimbap, which is white rice topped with julienned vegetables, sprouts, tofu, greens, sesame seeds, and an egg. Mix all that together with gochujang [hot pepper paste], and you have a super tasty meal! Bibimbap can also be served with meat, but of course Raymond & I would never want that ;)

Raymond & BibimbapRaymond eyeing my bibimbap in the 63 Building in Seoul

Another yummy treat we had was patbingsu, a shaved ice dessert that was perfect for the hot and humid summer weather. It definitely helped us cool down!

Raymond & Patbingsu“Yummm!” says Raymond.

Raymond and I had a lot of fun on our adventures this year! Where do you think Raymond should go next year? Let us know in the comments!

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