We’ve all seen Disco Dancing Santa, but what about a surfin’ Santa? Apparently in Varazze, Italy last week, a man dressed as Santa Claus decided to go surfing when the bad weather made for good waves. Don’t believe me? Check out the video below:
You can also see some photos of Santa catching some waves here.
For those of you who enjoy the scent and look of a fresh Christmas tree, but hate the hassle of hauling the tree home, have you considered having the tree delivered? No more fighting holiday traffic or worrying about the tree’s needles scratching your car—simply order the tree and have it delivered while you’re cozy at home.
Check out the companies below located around the United States and the world that will deliver Christmas trees straight to your home or business.
Green Valley Christmas Trees – Continental USA
Offering a wide variety of Christmas trees—such as Fraser fir, noble fir, balsam fir, and Nordmann fir—Green Valley delivers all across the continental United States. [Free ground shipping on all products!] Besides trees, they also sell live wreaths and garlands.
Contact Green Valley at 888.48.TREES [888.488.7337] or head over to their website for more info.
Tree Elves – Atlanta
Based in Atlanta, GA, Tree Elves will bring you a small, medium, or large Fraser fir, along with 4 King of Pops popsicles [yum!]. After the holidays, Tree Elves will pick up your tree and take it to a farm where it will be turned into compost and added to the soil to help grow fruit. For every tree purchased, Tree Elves will plant a native Georgia tree, such as red maple or eastern red cedar.
For more info, ring Tree Elves at 678.732.9321 or visit treeelves.net.
Christmas Trees Delivered – London
Selling trees for more than 30 years, London-based Christmas Trees Delivered distributes Norway spruce, noble fir, and Nordmann fir to the inner postcodes. They also offer table top trees, poinsettias, holly, mistletoe, and fresh garland. For an additional £15, Christmas Trees Delivered will collect and recycle your tree.
Questions? Call 020 7529 8161 or check out their website.
Tyler’s Trees – NYC
Located in New York City, Tyler’s Trees offers Fraser firs from 5 to 9 feet. Every tree order includes delivery, installation, a tree stand, and tree skirt. For additional fees, they will even decorate your tree or come remove it after the holidays.
Servicing the Greater Toronto Area, EZ Tree delivers Fraser firs from 5'-12' in either #1 grade or premium grade. Also available are protective floor mats and tree stands, as well as a tree disposal service.
Contact EZ Trees at 416.358.3923 or check out their website.
Did you know that the tradition of sending holiday cards dates back hundreds of years? To read even more interesting facts about Christmas cards, check out the infographic below, created by the folks over at Moo.
One thing I look forward to every Christmas season is the music that you can hear on the radio, in stores, just about everywhere you go! Here are a few songs that I favor above the rest. I like some funny, some upbeat, and some with a slower tempo. Happy listening!
As 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.”
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!
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!
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—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!
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.”
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…
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!
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.
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!
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
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 ) We are very excited for Santa this year.”
Does your family have any Christmas Eve traditions? Let us know in the comments below!
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!