If you’ve been following the Elf Blog these past few years, you’ll know that Raymond really loves sports of all kinds. A couple of years ago Raymond had a great time at a baseball game, and the year before that he went to London during the Olympics.
This summer Raymond and I decided to check out a sport that neither of us knew much about—cricket! Since this was our first cricket match, we decided to go to the Home of Cricket, Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, England. There we saw Middlesex play Hampshire, and while both Raymond and I still don’t totally understand cricket [there are A LOT of rules!], we had a fantastic evening together.
Super excited to be learning about a new sport.
And not only did we have fun watching the match, Raymond and I also enjoyed the history at Lord’s, which was established at its current location in 1814. There is an interesting mix of new and old at Lord’s, such as the futuristic Media Centre from 1999 and the bas-relief from 1934. Raymond was particularly fond of the sculpture, as it features all kinds of sportspeople, including cricketers, footballers, golfers, and more.
Behind Raymond is the bas-relief that includes the inscription PLAY UP PLAY UP AND PLAY THE GAME.
In front of the bronze Batsman sculpture, depicting an anonymous batsman.
Paying close attention, trying to understand wickets, bowlers, and overs.
Where else do you think Raymond went this year? Stay tuned to find out!
Generally speaking, I don’t travel quite as often as Raymond and Becky do, but that’s because when Raymond’s home at the North Pole, he and I spend a great deal of time thinking of fun shenanigans like blowing bubbles, trying on outfits and posing in front of a camera, or baking cookies. This year, however, I had the opportunity to visit some relatives in rural Virginia, so Raymond accompanied me there.
In this part of Virginia, there are a handful of farms that grow fresh fruits and veggies, as well as raise animals. We stopped at one dairy farm to get ice cream, and then we walked the grounds to visit all the animals.
First we saw a pig taking a break from the shade to soak up some sunshine.
Look what Raymond saw when we entered the stables—silly goat!
What are these chickens doing under a tractor?!
The cow didn’t want to look at Raymond. Maybe she’s shy?
Raymond saying “Hi” to a donkey, who’s munching on some hay.
Speaking of hay, check out these minion haystacks!
Look at the size of that silo! Wowser!
Raymond stopping to take one last photo before we left the farm.
Where else do you think Raymond went this year? Let us know in the comments below!
Remember last year when Raymond and I travelled to Savannah, Georgia to visit a friend who was cycling around the Southeastern United States? Well, that friend got married earlier this year, so of course Raymond and I had to attend the nuptials! The wedding took place in rural Michigan, and Raymond and I were excited when we realized that we would pass Bronner’s on our way to the wedding.
Thrilled to find a merry roadside stop in MI
Based in Frankenmuth, Michigan, Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland is the world’s largest Christmas store, and it is a sight to behold, as it is simply HUGE! Situated on 27 acres, Bronner’s features festive landscaping, enormous decorations, a chapel, and 100,000 Christmas lights—and that’s all before you even walk into the store itself.
Ready to check out ornaments upon ornaments
The salesroom at Bronner’s covers 2.2 acres… that’s 1.7 American football fields of ornaments, nativity sets, Christmas lights, home decor, trees, and more—wow! And Bronner’s has an incredible variety of Christmas ornaments, from snowmen, Santas, and reindeer to ornaments based on occupations & hobbies to ornaments from around the world.
Raymond and I definitely had fun on our festive pit stop, being totally immersed in holiday cheer in the middle of the summer.
Since the store is so large, Raymond and I decided we would meet up here if we got separated.
Trying to memorize all of these for his other travels
Learning about Bronner’s history—it was founded 70 years ago!
Raymond with the founder of Bronner’s
Told you they had some large decorations! Can you spot Raymond?
Hey, I know that reindeer!
Viewing just a small sampling of the ornaments
Raymond’s favourite ornament section
Trying to select an ornament to purchase, but they had so many options!
If you want to visit Bronner’s yourself, they are open 361 days a year:
This year in our downtime, Raymond and I travelled a little bit again. In years past we’ve gone to India, San Francisco, London, Savannah, and South Korea, among other places. When we travel, both Raymond and I love to try out local foods. Well, earlier this year, Raymond said he really wanted to try some traditional bagels, so we popped down to Brooklyn, New York. While there, of course we had to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to check out the view… and because it’s a great spot for a photo!
With the East River and Manhattan in the background.
On the iconic 19th century bridge.
Where else do you think Raymond went this year? Stay tuned to find out!
Happy December, everyone! We’ve been counting down the days until Christmas all year long, but now the big day is only 24 days away. Yippee! To celebrate our favorite month, here’s a heaping helping of holiday spirit—a cozy desktop calendar featuring Raymond the reindeer.
Less than two months until Christmas is here! For many of you, the weather is steadily getting colder as the warm autumn colors make way for the evergreens to take center stage. Those colossal conifers have already dropped lots of pinecones, and Raymond the reindeer is eager to gather some. What do you think he’ll use the pinecones for: to make a fun craft or perhaps decorate the Reindeer Barn?
We’re sure that many of you are excited about one spooky holiday coming up on October 31st—Halloween! Get your costume ready so you can go door-knocking for some sweet treats on All Hallows’ Eve. Our own little reindeer, Raymond, is eager to join the fun. Here he is, dressed as a ghost and ready to go trick-or-treating!
As the leaves begin to change colors and fall to the ground, the shift in seasons reminds us that there is just one more season until the Christmas season! September is a special month as holds a few key dates: The 16th marks 100 days until Christmas, and the 23rd is the autumnal equinox. Not only that, but September is also the start of the apple harvest. Raymond the reindeer has rounded up lots of apples already and made this fall wallpaper for you! Download it now to your desktop computer, laptop or tablet.
While August is the last full month of summer, that doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of fun things to do. You can nosh on some s’mores, ride bikes in the sunshine, or take your dog (or reindeer!) on a hike. During his off-season travels, Raymond the reindeer enjoys an occasional walk through the woodlands. Here’s a pretty snapshot from Raymond’s recent hike for you to download to your desktop, laptop, or tablet!
It’s summertime in the Northern Hemisphere, which means there are lots of outdoor activities you can do… such as having a picnic! Our pal, Raymond the reindeer, recently enjoyed lunch on a lawn and wants to share this digital wallpaper with you. Download now, and on the days when you can’t eat your grub on the grass, you can gaze upon this picturesque picnic on your desktop, laptop, or tablet!