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Etsy Item of the Day: Jolly Basset Hound Cards

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If you followed the Elf Blog last holiday season, you know that we love Etsy so much that we like to feature an Etsy Item of the Day to highlight the awesome handmade goodies other folks are making. So, may I present to you the first 2013 Etsy Item of the Day… A set of Christmas cards featuring an original watercolour of a jolly basset hound running through the snow. I simply can’t resist his wrinkly legs and the way his ears are flapping in the wind as he dashes across the scene! And, if that wasn’t enough, he’s wearing a scarf—love it!

Etsy Seller: Jud’z Art

The Holiday Season is Upon Us!

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Less than 2 months. 7 weeks. 51 days. However you want to phrase it, the fact remains that Christmas will be here before we know it.

This is an especially busy time here at northpole.com, just as I’m sure it’s a busy time for you. I do hope 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 personalized stories and yummy recipes, we will be bringing you brand new, fun, festive content here on the Elf Blog every single day between now and Christmas.

If you love holiday crafts, are searching for gift ideas, 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!

Kickstart Your Merrymaking

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We elves love most everything creative. Be it an inventive cookie recipe, a new sewing technique, or music that mashes up various genres, we get excited over new ideas. If you’re like us and would enjoying checking out some imaginative and sometimes unusual ideas, head on over to Kickstarter, a website whose mission is “to help bring creative projects to life.”

Raymond perusing Kickstarter

Kickstarter is a platform for creators to announce and explain their projects to the world and for other folks to donate money to help make these projects become a reality. The site includes all different categories of projects, such as music, food, technology, design, and more, and the projects can range from $700 needed to print a run of t-shirts to $1,000,000 needed to create a telescope [a publicly accessible space telescope, actually—how awesome is that?!].

Since there are only 3 months until Christmas [yowza!], I thought it would be fun to highlight a few of my favourite festive Kickstarter projects, so without further ado…

Ximena’s super cool-funky-unique Hol.i.dAy album !

The singer & project creator, Ximena Borges, describes this album as “infusing holiday music with a breath of fresh air! All one voice, one body, no snow required—must hear twice to believe!!” Just watch the video, and you’ll hear was Ximena is talking about!

I know you’re tapping your toes now, so help fund Ximena’s album here.

Tree Man Documentary

This documentary by Brad Rothschild and Jon Reiner about men who spend a month selling Christmas trees on the sidewalks of New York City each year sounds like it will give viewers an interesting behind-the-scenes look at the commercial side of the holiday season.

Donate to the Tree Man documentary here.

A Cookie Revolution: It’s Not Biscotti. It’s A Marlo.

Baker-creator Marlo Gertz says, “I’ve taken my Grandmother’s Old World recipe for unique, twice-baked cookies and made them contemporary and even more delicious.” The cookies in the video look fabulous—mmm!

The rewards for backing Marlo’s project are cookies, so how could you not donate to her project? ;)

Stetson’s Christmas Adventure

I love anything with dogs, so even the adorable Kickstarter video for this film by Nancy Ogden was tugging at my heart strings.

Help Stetson the pup continue his acting career by backing this Kickstarter project.

Chelsea Market Holiday Snowflake Installation

This art installation by Chelsea Hrynick Browne will consist of hundreds of hand-cut origami snowflakes, and the project sounds fun, interesting, and beautiful.

Let Chelsea bring some beauty to NYC this holiday season by backing her art installation project.

Happy Holidays!

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

We wanted to take a moment to express some gratitude. First off, thank you to our corporate sponsors who have helped us tremendously with the cost of developing and maintaining northpole.com. So, thank you very much to our Diamond Deck-the-Halls Sponsor, Restaurant Technology, 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 2012 draws to a close, there are now 362 days until Christmas. 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 might post some surprises between now and next holiday season :)

And in the meantime, you can still check out all of our awesome content, such as the craft ideas, gift ideas, and Raymond the Reindeer’s adventures.

Thanks again for spending part of your Christmas with us here at northpole.com, and we wish you a very happy and healthy 2013!

Countdown to Christmas – 1 Day to Go!

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Happy Christmas Eve, everyone!! As you know, we’ve invited our friends on Google+ to the Northpole.com Official Countdown to Christmas 2012 where they can upload photos of how they’re celebrating Christmas and celebrate with the rest of the world. If you’re on Google+, we hope you’ll join us! (If you’re not on Google+ yet, you can sign up here.)

Here are some of our favourite photos from yesterday and today!

Sandra B. said, “My daughters with Santa :)
Carey O. said, “Waiting for the Guest of Honor, a.k.a.The Big Guy.”
Jimmy C. said, “My Norwegian friend loves her Raymond! Thanks Northpole.com!”
Sarah R. said, “We just moved to Alaska just 5 days ago and my son was dying for us to put up our tree (it was literally the only thing he talked about during our trip from California to Alaska) so we put it up and let both my son and daughter decorate the tree. As you can tell by all the ornaments placed only at the bottom of the tree :o ) We are very excited for Santa this year.”

Does your family have any Christmas Eve traditions? Let us know in the comments below!

Countdown to Christmas – 6 Days to Go!

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Only 6 days until Christmas now! As I mentioned yesterday, we’ve invited our friends on Google+ to the Northpole.com Official Countdown to Christmas 2012 where they can upload photos of how they’re celebrating Christmas and celebrate with the rest of the world. If you’re on Google+, we hope you’ll join us! (If you’re not on Google+ yet, you can sign up here.)

Want to see some of our favourite photos from yesterday? Check ‘em out over here!

I guess everyone was really busy today (finishing up their Christmas shopping, perhaps?) because we only had one photo submission on the Event page today—from me ;)

My favourite section of my tree: photo of my basset hound, a wee julbock, hearts from London and Sweden, a hippo, and Troy Polamalu!
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