Recent Comments

  • MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. CLAUSE & TO MRS. CLAUSE AS WELL! CAN'T FORGET TO INCLUDE THE LITTLE ELVES EI…”

    Montana on Merry Christmas to You!

Categories

Search


Blog Submissions

Do you have an idea of something we should feature on the blog? Contact us here!

Mary

Author Archives: Mary

Get the Whole Family Winter-Ready with These Great Black Friday Deals

Leave a comment

Black Friday is here yet again! Some people will decide to #OptOutside, but we’re sure a few folks in the States are braving the cold weather and early morning hours to snag some good deals. For those of you who prefer to stay at home, safe from chilling temperatures and crazed crowds, here are some deals on goods that’ll keep your whole family warm this winter.
Black Friday Deals 2016 on Winter Apparel

  1. Adorable sets like this polar bear hoodie, onesie, and pants set make me wish that it came in larger sizes for elves and adults! ;) Get this set and save an extra 20% off with code THANKS at macys.com! Valid through 11/26.

  2. Boys look the cutest in vests, and this flannel vest will keep your kiddo warm and stylish! Round out his outfit with a dapper driving cap or festive tie. Get 50% off of your entire purchase AND free shipping through 11/29 at Gymboree.com.

  3. Give mom this cozy, plush head wrapicon to keep her warm even on the coldest days. She’ll love the matching neck warmer, too! Take 15% off with code SAVING15 at Kohls.com. Valid today (11/25) only.

  4. Young girls will love this cotton knit beanie with white stars and a squishy white pompom! Available in pink or grey. If you like this hat, be sure to take a peek at these matching boots. Take advantage of Black Friday savings of 50% off at Gymboree AND free shipping (valid through 11/29).

  5. This fair isle scarf will keep dad warm on days when he’s shoveling snow or making snow angels with the kids. Use code THANKS to take an extra 20% off at macys.com! Valid through 11/26.

Looking for more gift ideas for your loved ones? Click here.

This post contains affiliate links. Please see our full disclosure here.

Fun Facts About British Christmas Foods

Leave a comment

The closer it gets to Christmas, the more I think about all the yummy foods I’ll be eating this holiday season. Surely I’m not the only one who is salivating over such thoughts, right? ;) I’m particularly excited to try out a few new recipes, such as the yule log. Depending on how it turns out (and how my family responds to it), it might become a “must-have” Christmas dessert!

I also like to keep things lively at family gatherings, so I’m going to tuck away some facts from this infographic so I can pop a few trivia questions at Christmas dinner. Speaking of Christmas dinner, did you know that 50% of people have a gene that makes Brussels sprouts taste bitter? So, if half your family hates sprouts, now you know why!

To learn more fun facts and stats about some British Christmas foods, click on the infographic below.12 Foods of Christmas

Click on the image for a closer look! Infographic via The Fact Site

Etsy Item of the Day: Chicken in a Walnut Ornament

Leave a comment

While I was admiring a needle felted narwhal in this Etsy shop, I stumbled across this chicken in a walnut shell Christmas ornament. I’m not quite sure why, but this rooster speaks to me. Maybe because I’m amused by the idea of rooster in a walnut shell or maybe because it reminds me of a children’s book where people magically packed large things inside small walnut shells. At any rate, this would be a charming ornament to give to someone who keeps chickens on their urban or country homestead.
Red Chicken in a Walnut Christmas Ornament

Etsy Seller: Bossy’s Feltworks

A Special Grinchmas Musical

Leave a comment

grinch-musical-logoIf you love the movie, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, then I’m sure you’ll be as excited as I was to learn about this musical production! Max the dog, Cindy Lou Who, and the green man himself will be on stage delivering a heartwarming performance the whole family will enjoy.

The talented troupe of Whos brings Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale to life with joyous music. Amidst the lineup of merry tunes, you can expect to hear some favorites, such as “Welcome Christmas” and “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” This grand production of How the Grinch Stole Christmas will leave you filled with the Christmas spirit! Here’s a little taste of what you’ll see:



To catch a show near you, take a peek at the list below. And, if you live near Nashville, TN, you’re in luck because the musical will be performing at Opryland all season long!

Nashville, TN

Grand Ole Opry
November 18–December 25
For tickets and information, click here.
Want to have breakfast with the Grinch? Get the details here.

New Orleans, LA

Saenger Performing Arts Center
November 22–27
For tickets and information, click here.

Durham, NC

Durham Performing Arts Center
November 29–December 4
For tickets and information, click here.

Cleveland, OH

Playhouse Square
December 6–11
For tickets and information, click here.

Washington, D.C.

National Theatre
December 13–31
For tickets and information, click here.

Can’t attend a local show, but want to experience the magic of the musical? Get the Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical soundtrack on iTunes or Amazon.

grinch-musical

Etsy Item of the Day: Printable Scandinavian Advent Calendar

Leave a comment

Advent season is almost upon us, and what better way to count down the days ‘til Christmas than with this lovely advent calendar? I love the charming cross stitch pattern on all the boxes—the hearts and snowflake patterns are my favorite! This calendar is a digital download, so you can print it from the comfort of your own home. If this Scandinavian style doesn’t strike your fancy, I’m sure one of these calendars will: penguins & igloos, Christmas cottages, gnomes, or stars.
Printable Scandinavian Advent Calendar

Etsy Seller: Papier Bonbon

Free Wallpaper: A Season of Thanks

3 comments

For our American friends, November is the month of thankfulness which culminates on Thanksgiving Day. While it’s great to have a holiday dedicated to giving thanks, gratitude is something we can all exercise year-round. This month challenge yourself to write down something you’re thankful for each day. Set this image as your desktop wallpaper, and Raymond the reindeer will give you a gentle reminder each time you see it.

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…”

We hope you enjoy this month’s wallpaper from Northpole.com, and we’d like to know: what are you thankful for? Let us know in the comments below!

Free Wallpaper: Fa-BOO-lous Things Are Coming Your Way…

4 comments

…such as cooler weather, pumpkin spice everything, costumes, and this downloadable desktop wallpaper! Raymond the reindeer wanted to dress up to celebrate Halloween, so here he is, donning a wizard hat and accompanied by a couple of his pals. We’re having a hard time coming up with names for these guys… Dracu-apple? Jack-o-orange? What do you think? Help us name these cuties and leave your suggestions 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 fa-BOO-lous wallpaper from Northpole.com!

Free Wallpaper: A Paper Airplane Ride

Leave a comment

Oh my gosh—it’s September already! Can you believe that summer’s over and kids are already back in school? We sure can’t. But here we are, three months until the holidays, and we elves still have so much to do! Even though Christmas seems like a long way off, we know the days will fly by. Thankfully, our pal Raymond the reindeer loves to lend a helping hoof whenever he can. And here he is, on a mission to spread some smiles. Download this wallpaper, and whenever you look at Raymond, he’ll surely lift your spirits, as he does ours!

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 delightful wallpaper from Northpole.com!

Free Wallpaper: Raymond’s Ready for the Rio Olympics

2 comments

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…

2 comments

…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!

The Elf Blog is proudly powered by WordPress, milk & cookies.