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Free Wallpaper: April Showers Bring May Flowers

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In many parts of the world, the rain clouds are now rolling away, and the sun is coming out again, sending warm greetings and encouraging flowers to bloom. Even if it’s still a bit chilly where you are, we hope you’ll enjoy this fabulous flowering desktop wallpaper featuring your favorite reindeer—Raymond!

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 blooming desktop wallpaper from northpole.com!

P.S. Can you guess what type of flower this is? Leave your guess in the comments below. If that’s too easy a question for you flower fanatics out there, tell us your favorite flower instead. :)

Free Wallpaper: An Egg-citing Time of Year

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In the Northern Hemisphere, grass is growing, flowers are blooming, and even the birds are chirping as if to announce that spring has sprung. Easter is less than a week away, so I’m sure many of you will be decorating eggs and going on Easter egg hunts. To celebrate all month long, download our adorable desktop wallpaper featuring Raymond the reindeer.

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 egg-cellent desktop wallpaper from northpole.com!

Free Wallpaper: Lions and Lambs and Crafts, Oh My!

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March is here, and there are a couple of things to celebrate—National Craft Month and the arrival of spring! To get the month off to a crafty start, Raymond the reindeer and his pal made their lion and lamb costumes with some help from the elves. We hope this month’s calendar cheers you up as much as it does us… We just love Raymond’s sheep outfit!

To download the free calendar, 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 adorable desktop wallpaper from northpole.com!

Pssst… If you are looking for some crafty inspiration, be sure to head over to the Craft Cottage!

Free Wallpaper: Valentine’s Cheer from a Sweet Reindeer

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It’s February, and you aren’t the only one sending valentines. Raymond wanted to send you all an early Valentine’s Day gift. It’s not a card, chocolates, or candy hearts—it’s an adorable desktop calendar!

To download the free calendar, 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 darling desktop wallpaper from northpole.com!

Free Wallpaper: A Wintery Scene For Your Screen

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With the holidays being over and Christmas a long way off, January can feel a bit bleak. To cheer you up and warm your hearts, we—along with Raymond the reindeer—prepared a little something special for you…

A free 2015 desktop calendar for you to download! With this image as your desktop background, every time you are on your computer, you’ll be greeted by Raymond’s adorable face.

To download the free calendar, 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 desktop wallpaper from northpole.com! We have more special things in store for you, so be sure to check back every month. :)

Etsy Item of the Day: Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

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With Christmas just 3 days away, it’s a little late to get an advent calendar for this year, but it’s not too early to get one for next year! This Christmas tree advent calendar is handmade from felt, and you’ll want to use it year after year.

Each day of advent you or your kids can take an ornament from a pocket and hang it on the tree. You’ll get a few extra ornaments just in case one goes missing! If you crafty like I am, you might be interested in purchasing the PDF pattern so you can make it yourself.
Christmas Tree Advent Calendar ~ Etsy Seller: The Lullaby Loft

Etsy Seller: The Lullaby Loft

Harbin International Snow & Ice Festival

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One thing I look forward to in the winter months is the snow! In my younger days I had lots of fun building snowmen, making snow angels, and sledding down hills. While I still do enjoy these activities, nowadays I prefer to admire amazing ice sculptures and snow creations made by skilled snow artists. There are many ice sculpture competitions held throughout the world, but the largest one is in Harbin, China.

Photo Credit: harbinice.com

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is an annual tradition that began in 1963. The festival has grown and evolved over the years and now attracts thousands of people every year.

In this icy metropolis you will see stunning sculptures and amazing buildings built from blocks of ice. Colorful lights are used throughout the festival, illuminating the frozen monuments which creates a spectacular sight!

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The festival also includes other activities such as skiing, a lantern show, and swimming in the frigid Songua River. If you prefer a less intense activity, take a ride down the giant ice slide! Weeeeeee!

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The 2015 festival begins on January 5 and continues through February. To learn more about the festival or to see more amazing pictures, check out their website.

Photo credit: harbinice.com
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Etsy Item of the Day: Creative Cookie Cutters

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I love baking (and eating! ;) ) sweet treats and cookies, so when I saw the cookie cutters at The Buttercup House on Etsy, I stopped in my tracks. They have all kinds of neat cookie cutters, such as holiday shapes, states, alphabets, animals, and more!

If you are planning a themed party anytime soon, you will likely find a cookie cutter to fit your theme. Peruse their collection to find the right one for you or buy a few for your friend who loves to bake. I really like this polar bear, but I also really like this gnome!

If you have any friends or loved ones who are Jewish, you might like to see this dreidel cookie cutter or menorah cookie cutter.
Polar Bear Cookie Cutter ~ Etsy Seller: The Buttercup House

Etsy Seller: The Buttercup House

Drive Through Holiday Light Shows

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Photo Credit: Doug Waldron. License: CC BY SA 2.0

A fun activity the whole family will enjoy is a ride through a holiday light show. Many cities put on an annual holiday light show with hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights. A drive through holiday experience is a perfect way to enjoy the beautiful lights without leaving the comfort of your warm car. Here are a few light shows that you can attend this year—even after Christmas day!

The Dancing Lights of Christmas – Nashville, TN

This is the 5th year that the festive folks at Jellystone Park have put on this fabulous light display. As you drive through this amazing light show, you can jam out to Christmas tunes on your radio and watch the lights dance to the music.

The Dancing Lights of Christmas at Jellystone Park
2572 Music Valley Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
Open until January 4, 2015

Hershey Sweet Lights – Hershey, PA

This sweet light display extends through 2 miles of wooded trails just minutes away from Hersheypark. Make sure you check out their website for hours of operation and directions.

Hershey Sweet Lights
100 W. Hersheypark Drive
Hershey, PA 17033
800.437.7439
Open until January 1, 2015

Lanier Islands Christmas

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Take a rolling stroll through Lanier Islands to enjoy the twinkling Christmas light display. At the end of the tour, you can visit the Holiday Village where you can see a live nativity scene, visit with Santa, and even skate around The Polar Rink.

Lanier Islands
7000 Lanier Islands Parkway
Buford, GA 30518
770.945.8787
Open until December 31, 2014

The Winter Festival of Lights at Oglebay Resort

The light show at Oglebay Resort is one of the largest light shows in the US. Spanning over 6 miles and 300 acres, this is one holiday show you don’t want to miss. If you can’t make it this year, perhaps you can plan a family trip in 2015.

Oglebay Resort
465 Lodge Drive
Wheeling, West Virginia 26003
800.624.6988
Open until January 4, 2015

Lights Under Louisville – Louisville, KY

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This spectacular light show has over 2 million lights that cover 17 miles of passageways… underground! Drive your own vehicle into the Louisville Mega Cavern to view this one-of-a-kind light show and create a memorable Christmas experience for your family.

Louisville Mega Cavern
1841 Taylor Ave
Louisville, KY 40213
877.614.6342
Open until January 4, 2015

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Etsy Item of the Day: Starfish Santa

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Teehee! This little starfish ornament is so funny! If Santa were a starfish, this is what he would look like—sporting red swim trunks, shades, and his signature red hat. He is holding a fishing rod in one hand, but if fishing isn’t your style, you can get a starfish Santa with skis, a golf club, a volleyball, or holding nothing at all. This would make a nice gift for anyone who loves the beach or collects cute Santa ornaments.
Fishing Starfish Santa ~ Etsy Seller: Cereus Art

Etsy Seller: Cereus Art
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