Christmas is just a few short months away… 4 months to be exact! Everyone at the North Pole is bustling about, including—you guessed it—Raymond!
It has been a while since Raymond visited the Elf Pal Academy, so he trotted over to take a look around.
First, he brought an apple for a teacher.
Then he skipped down a hallway and into a classroom where he found some school supplies. He stopped for a while to color some coloring pages. (Ahhh, smell that? I love the smell of crayons in the morning!)
Then he spotted some books on a bookcase and grabbed a few. Raymond loves to look at pictures…
And flip pages…
After a while, Raymond’s tummy began to rumble, and he realized it was almost time for lunch. So he swiftly put the books away and scurried home, all the while wondering what he might eat. Apples? Oranges? Hot chocolate? Popcorn? Whatever he was going to eat, he knew he would not stuff himself like the time when he learned a lesson.
Hiya folks! The spring months are upon us, and Christmas is just 7 months away. The elves are busy working, and the reindeer are preparing for the big day. Raymond is too little for reindeer training, so what is a young reindeer to do?
Well, he is counting down the days until Christmas, but that’s not all… Bored during a recent snowstorm, he put on some different outfits and had a photo shoot!
Happy April 25th! We’re counting down the months until Christmas, and today marks just 8 months to go. It’s springtime, so you know what that means… it’s baseball season! Wait a second—there’s baseball at the Northpole? Well, kind of… Santa, the elves, the reindeer, and especially Raymond love to watch baseball on the TV.
Not only does Raymond love baseball, but he also loves many other sports. Remember when Raymond went to London, England during the 2012 Summer Olympics?
Raymond has been very excited about baseball for several weeks. He watches it whenever he can, talks about it quite a bit, and pretends to play baseball with snowballs.
One afternoon when Raymond was taking his mid-day nap, he fell into a deep sleep and dreamt about baseball.
In his dream, he went to a baseball park.
He stood on home plate, pretending to slide into home, scoring the win!
Then he trotted around the pitcher’s mound.
He even dreamt he got a signed baseball by his favorite player.
He wanted to try on the fielder’s glove, but it didn’t fit him. Silly Raymond! That’s not how you wear a baseball glove!
When he woke up, Raymond excitedly told everyone at Santa’s Secret Village about his dream!
Later that night, Raymond found a baseball next to his pillow. Maybe it wasn’t a dream after all
Greetings, folks! Our Christmas countdown continues, and to celebrate today—March 25th—I’m sending you a hearty salutation, saying “Happy 9 months until Christmas!”
As you probably know by now, Raymond loves to travel. So when he heard that I was traveling to California, he eagerly offered to accompany me on the trip. While we were there, we took a stroll along the coast in Ventura, CA. We enjoyed the salty scent of the Pacific Ocean and the peaceful surging and ebbing of the waves on the beach.
After gazing at the beautiful scenery, Raymond trotted off to play in the sand. He dug a hole in the sand with his shovel and guess what happened next?
He covered himself with a mound of sand… with a little bit of help from me
Then Raymond spotted some seagulls.
He was tempted to chase after them, but just as he realized that wouldn’t be a kind thing to do, the seagulls flew away.
Greetings! It’s February 25th… just 10 months until Christmas is here! I bet you all are bustling about—thinking about school, work, and family. I’ve been busy drawing, sewing, and crafting—making all sorts of fun things. (There will be more about that later. ) As I walked into the workroom the other day, look what I stumbled upon…
Yup! You guessed it. Raymond.
He eagerly came to the workroom to help me pick out some ribbon for my most recent project, but he got all tangled!
I could go on and on about all the wonderful things happening at the North Pole, but I’d like to hear from you.
Happy New Year!! And Happy January 25th—Christmas is exactly 11 months away! I hope you all brought in the new year with much joy. This time of year, there’s usually a buzz about eating healthier, exercising more, spending more time with family, etc. What are your plans or resolutions for the new year?
I did make a resolution to eat healthier (again), but what I’m more excited about is (drumroll, please)… trying a new recipe every week. So far so good! I’ve tried a handful of recipes from a healthy cookbook, and I found my new favorite cookie recipe! They are called Carnival Cookies. They’re primarily made from bananas and oats, so they’re super healthy and you don’t need to feel guilty if you’ve eaten 5 or 6! I shared the first batch of cookies with the other elves and reindeer here at the North Pole, and everyone loved them!
Raymond loved the cookies so much that he begged me make another batch of cookies. It didn’t take much prodding for me to agree to bake some more. (Who can say no to cookies?) So Raymond and I headed to the pantry to gather the ingredients.
But first we needed to put on our aprons.
Then we got all the ingredients together. Raymond mashed the bananas while I mixed the dry ingredients.
After we added all the ingredients, we put the cookies on baking sheets, and then popped them in the oven to bake. About 15 minutes later, Mrs. Claus took them out of the oven. In the meantime, Raymond and I eagerly waited for the cookies to cool.
During his downtime this year, Raymond ate his way around Brussels, Belgium and enjoyed the historical monuments in India. Where else did he go? Well, as you read in the story “Reindeer Games,” Raymond enjoys some friendly competition, so of course he had to go to London, England during the Summer Olympics!
Raymond smiling in front of Tower Bridge which bear the Olympic rings
So we all saw that Raymond had fun chowing down on frites and gaufres while in Brussels, Belgium. Where else in the world do you think Raymond travelled to?
If you guessed India, you would be correct! Raymond spent some time in northern India, and one of the cities he visited was Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. Unfortunately, reindeer are not allowed in the Taj Mahal
Raymond still had fun though—riding in auto rickshaws, checking out the marble shops, and visiting Agra Fort. And while the Agra Fort is beautiful and interesting in its own right, one of the best things about it is that you can see the Taj Mahal from there, just 2.5km up the Yamuna River.
Raymond at Agra Fort, taking a break from the Indian sun in the shade. [Spot the Taj?]
Raymond peering out at the Taj Mahal from Agra Fort
Where else do you think Raymond went this year? Stay tuned to find out!
Do you ever wonder what the elves and reindeer do outside of the holidays? Believe it or not, Raymond the reindeer loves to travel. After his yearly flight, Santa shares stories of his world travels, and Raymond takes advantage of his downtime during the off-season to visit some of the places Santa has told him about.
One of the places Raymond went this year was Brussels, Belgium. We all know from the story “Raymond Learns a Lesson” that Raymond LOVES to eat. So of course while he was in Brussels, Raymond had to sample some of the local cuisine…
Raymond eating une gaufre [a waffle].
Raymond enjoying les frites [fries].
Where else do you think Raymond went this year? Stay tuned to find out!