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Raymond Goes to California’s Coast!

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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.

What else do you think Raymond is up to?

10 Months and Counting

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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.

What have you been up to this month?

Raymond Bakes (Healthy!) Cookies

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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!

Especially Raymond.

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.

Looking for more yummy recipes? Click here to view the recipes in Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen.

What’s your favorite cookie?

Mary

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Raymond Around the World: London

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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

Raymond Around the World: India

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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! :)

Raymond Around the World: Brussels

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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! :)

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