Saturday, December 21, 2013

Merry Christmas Village Penguins

Kids often write and ask me about our resident penguins. I understand children’s curiosity since most penguins live in the Southern Hemisphere. However, the reindeer up here are so friendly that they easily make friends with all animals of the earth. Once the reindeer found out that penguins were experts at tobogganing they knew they had to invite penguin to become residents at the Merry-Christmas village. I’m so happy to have the penguins here – they are so fun to watch! I didn’t realize how fast these penguins could go as they slide down our mountain slopes on their bellies. And when they have races it’s often a penguin that wins.

One thing the penguins like to do is change their colors. All penguins have a white underside and a mostly black upperside. But during the Christmas season the penguins will surprise everyone by coloring themselves bright colors such as green and red. Some even put red stripes on their belly so they look like a waddling candy cane – it is so hilarious! What makes our penguins really unique are they way they can sing together. They have beautiful singing voices and we look forward to hearing them perform during the many concerts we have at the village

While you are waiting for me to show up you can go to my Official Christmas Website at http://www.merry-christmas.com/!

You be good now,

Santa

Friday, December 20, 2013

The reindeer treadmill

The reindeer at the Merry Christmas village are very health conscious. I joke with them on how they like to eat candy canes all the time, but I know they like vegetables just as much, especially carrots. They often are at practice as they hone their flying skills (not to mention the very robust air-ball games they play while flying). Yet, on the ground they also have a daily exercise routine that involves all kinds of fun activities. Recently, the elves built a very large treadmill inside reindeer exercise center. The elves installed some large screen televisions so the reindeer could watch their favorite TV programs or DVD movies as they walked on the treadmill. This treadmill was very large and 10 reindeer could easily walk on it together. They asked me to join them in a group exercise on this new treadmill. I was very amazed because the floor of this treadmill is made of real green grass! It’s like walking on a large moving soccer field. Now this is the kind of treadmill I could get used to!

While you are waiting for me to show up you can go to my Official Christmas Website at http://www.merry-christmas.com/!

You be good now,

Santa

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Santa's Christmas Socks

I have to hand it to Mrs. Claus when it comes to her being thrifty. She doesn’t waste anything, and she very diligent about recycling. She just brought me some of the warmest wool socks I’ve ever worn! She knew I’d like them because she and some of the elves made them from remnants of old sweaters that I once had. Elf McDonnegal, who is the fastest knitter around and is also in charge of the Merry Christmas Irish Sweater, Scarves, and Hats shop, broke down these old sweaters and rolled them into several balls of colorful yarn. Elf McDonnegal and some of her helper elves then set out with Mrs. Claus to knit socks as gifts for the reindeer. Fortunately for me, they had enough material left and they made an extra pair of socks for me! I hope I don't wear these down too fast. My feet get cold too often, and these socks are so warm! I think I’ll give McDonnegal some more of my old sweaters and see what she comes up with for a new hat!

While you are waiting for me to show up you can go to my Official Christmas Website at http://www.merry-christmas.com/!

You be good now,

Santa

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas Calendar

In the middle of the Merry Christmas Village square is a raised gigantic floor of very large squares that makes up the official Christmas Calendar. There are 37 squares (31 for each day of December and six more squares to end the Christmas season on January 6th with the Epiphany). Each square is a 10 X 10 foot picture frame for there is a magnificent painting or photograph on top of each. Each day, starting on December 1st, we begin to reveal the images on the squares. They are covered with matching green-colored canvasses, and at the 6 o’clock bell a new square is revealed with a musical ceremony put on by the snowmen. We do this nightly as we countdown to Christmas – and afterwards as the Christmas season continues. Many of the pictures come from artists around the world, and this year the elves included an aerial photograph of the Christmas Village they had taken on a practice flight with the reindeer – They had had stamped out the words in the snow that read “Elves Rock!” I think this was a wonderful, creative way to make a picture for our Countdown Calendar.

While you are waiting for me to show up you can go to my Official Christmas Website at http://www.merry-christmas.com/!

You be good now,

Santa

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Tree Decorations

One tradition at the Merry-Christmas Village is the decorating and lighting of the giant Village Christmas Tree. Every year many of the residents bring in a new ornament that they’ve personally made. Mrs. Claus likes to make edible cookie ornaments (they’re very populular and disappear quickly); the Snowmen make some of the most beautiful ice sculpture ornaments – they really sparkle brightly. The reindeer, with help from the elves, shape out all kinds of animal ornaments (it’s funny how all their ornaments sprout antlers) and the elves themselves try to ‘one-up’ each other and always produce the most intricate ornaments you’ll ever see. Of course, we hang a lot of candy canes from the branches – I think Elf Vizz told me they bring in over 3,000 candy canes to hang – they are tasty too!

Thank goodness everyone is so helpful because there are over 250,000 LED lights that get strung up around the trees. There is every colored light you’ve ever seen – plus more! Our tradition is to have all the magical reindeer to come flying over the horizon carrying a very bright star. This star will mount on the top of Ole Blue, the gigantic blue spruce tree in the square. They fly in a slowly, while making a circular pattern. All the village residents join in and sing Silent Night together. The reindeer then line up in front of the tree as Rudolph rises and places the big star on top of Ole Blue. Then everyone is silent for a moment as we contemplate the good things that we have…It’s a great tradition don’t you think?

While you are waiting for me to show up you can go to my Official Christmas Website at http://www.merry-christmas.com/!

You be good now,

Santa

Monday, December 16, 2013

Santa Tracking with a GPS

All the residents of the Merry-Christmas village voiced their opinion and we’ve narrowed down the choice to either the Golden Flash or the Silver Streak sleigh for delivering gifts this Christmas Eve. It’s been a while since I’ve taken the Silver Streak, but I’ll let Mrs. Claus make the final selection since she does the final inspections with Elf Emmup.

The elves tell me that with all the RADAR devices that are scanning the skies that I need to catch up with technology! They’re attaching Global Positioning Systems (GPS) devices on all the sleighs. Plus they’ll be broadcasting what they are calling a blue-red-green“Santa Beacon” This will allow kids around the world to be able to see where we’re at when we’re out on the Christmas Eve route! You know, I will still rely on the reindeer for directions – for no matter how fancy and high-tech the electronics, nothing beats finding directions like a flying reindeer. They have the unique gift to know exactly where they are, and where they’re going without any electronic gizmos. But, with all these monitors and flashing lights inside the sleigh Elf Emmup said this will be the first Christmas we will be able to check the weather conditions everywhere!

While you are waiting for me to show up you can go to my Official Christmas Website at http://www.merry-christmas.com/!

You be good now,

Santa

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Santa's Baseball Cap

Whenever the elves have free time they like to play games, sing, or play jokes on each other. I seem to be a favorite target of many of their pranks and this morning they got me! I have many hats, but they are all pretty much the same – a stocking cap that is red, fluffy and warm. I like that I can pull hats down to cover my ears. Mrs. Claus won’t let me go outside unless I have my hat! But, for some reason my hat closet was completely bare except for one orange-green-purple striped baseball cap. On the cap’s front logo was the text “Elves Rock!” Next to the cap was a note that read, “Dear Santa, Your hats have been taken to be cleaned, tuned and fluffed – please accept this hat as a temporary replacement.” Best regards - Elf Klaag.

Elf Klaag is in charge of the Village Hats n’ Socks workshop. So, I thought this was very nice of the elves to be thinking about me and that they thought I needed a freshly tuned hat. I gladly donned the cap and headed out to visit some of the workshops.

However, every shop I stepped into I could hear the elves giggling! I know they have seen me before wearing a baseball hat – I’ve worn them for various occasions. Yet, some of the elves were laughing out loud when they looked at me. I knew something was up.

I took the hat off and noticed that the logo had changed! It now read “Santa Has A Monkey Face!” Ho! Ho! Ho!

About every 30 seconds the logo text would change to either a funny picture or to text that stated something goofy about me!

I’m keeping this hat. I figure that as long at it brings cheer to so many that it’s worth keeping.
While you are waiting for me to show up you can go to my Official Christmas Website at http://www.merry-christmas.com/!
You be good now,
Santa

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Penguins vs. Bears – The Thriller Hockey Game.

There's one thing I really enjoy watching, and that's when teams at the Merry- Christmas Village play sports together. All the competition is friendly, but there are times when you really can sense increasing tensions of "The Game!"

Hockey is very popular because we have ice all year. I don't know of any group in the village that doesn't have a team. This year our resident penguins (The Tux Terminators) were starting to get a little too bold with their "perceived" team hockey skills. I overheard them bragging how they were becoming unbeatable. They were once again leading in the Merry Christmas Village (MCV) League Play. It seemed they were winning almost all of their games The reindeer team (the North Pointers) almost beat them in overtime last week! The snowmen team (Frosty's Fun Flakes) who usually field a group of great players must have been distracted for it was a disaster for them. They lost 6 – 1 . This year, the polar bear team, the UnBearables, were recruiting new players. They brought in two ringers - Bear McChuug and Big Bear Diacomo. Now, these two bears were a team in themselves!.


The penguin team, I must admit, are fast and very accurate with their shots. This is why they score so easily, but when these two teams started playing for the league championship - all bets were off!


Bear Diacomo was playing goalie and with his very large size the penguins on the Tux Terminators couldn’t get a shot in the net. Diacomo just sat there and blocked every shot without moving! He was actually yawning! Bear McChuug had the golden hockey stick in this game. He would take a pass, skate down the ice, and soon discovered that the penguin team goalie, Peng TaDrake, wasn’t tall enough to cover the top of the net. McChuug would simply pop the hockey puck over Peng TaDrake’s head! After the first period the bear team was leading 5-0! Then the penguins figured out two things for the second period. First they put extra tall skates on Peng TaDrake so he could stop lobbing of pucks over his head. Secondly, they realized that Bear Diacomo was just crazy about the fresh candy canes we have for free He was constantly licking a candy cane all during the first period. For the second period when one of the penguins had control of the puck another would zip past Bear Diacomo and grab his candy cane. This would make the bear chase after the offending penguin but it opened up the net and the Tux Terminators soon started scoring at will.
By the end of the second period the Tux Terminators were now leading 6-5! It was what Elf Vizz yelled as, “GAME ON!” The penguins were starting to work like a team.


The third period was much different. Bear Diacomo was now using a giant candy cane in place of his hockey stick so the bear team didn’t have to worry about him leaving the net. The penguins still managed one more score when Bear Diacomo laid down to start napping. He was having too much fun eating! Now it was going to have to be a true team effort on both teams to win. After a flurry of skating and missed shots to the net the two teams were tied 7 – 7 with only 30 seconds to go!


Bear McChug then saw something that got him very excited! He started yelling to his teammates to get him puck! When he had control he made a dash right towards Peng DaDrake, the penguin goalie.


Peng DaDrake stood his ground though, and got himself in defensive goalie position – ready for another attempt at a lob over his head.


This time Bear McChug stopped five feet in front of the defending goalie and with his foot he simply nudged the puck UNDER PegDaDrake! Bear McChug had realized that with the extra tall skates that Peng DaDrake was wearing – he had this enormous gap underneath his skates – almost like an open garage!


The end of the game buzzer sounded and the Bear fans cheered loudly! The UnBearables had won the MVC championship! The penguins couldn’t believe they had lost to a bunch of hungry, silly bears!


I can’t wait for the rematch!


While you are waiting for me to show up you can go to my Official Christmas Website at http://www.merry-christmas.com/!



You be good now,



Santa

Friday, December 13, 2013

The most wonder display from nature

I take a nightly stroll around the Merry Christmas Village square with Mrs. Claus. Sometimes we are joined by members of the village. Often several snowmen, elves or even a some reindeer will join us on our stroll. It's usually very cold so we make sure we bundle up. With all the twinkling lights and the warm glow through the windows of the shops it truly is a fun walk to look forward to. I am so proud of how beautiful it is in the village at night! I think it's good that everyone take time to be outside everyday - even if it is only for a short period. Just being outside in fresh air is perfect exercise for the mind. If it's a very still night we'll often go past the village up a small snow slope that the snowmen have built (I think they call it the Snowbump Mountain) and look back across the village - a wonderful picture that I'll never tire of. You can often hear groups of elves singing together if it's a very still night.

Last night, we were joined by a large group of elves that had just finished their day in the poinsettia and mistletoe garden - (they're getting ready to uncover the poinsettia display in the Great Hall.) They were very chatty and excited about their upcoming show! In fact they were talking so fast that I couldn't understand a thing they were saying. But just as we arrived at the top of Snowbump Mountain there were dazzling white streaks of light that came across the sky. It was so bright that we thought the sun was back up! And just as fast as it came it was gone. Everyone became quiet immediately and we all just stared into the sky. We had just seen the start of a large meteor display. About 20 seconds later, another streak flew across. And there we stood for almost and hour watching the most wonderful display of nature. I sure hope you get the chance to see a meteor shower someday!


 While you are waiting for me to show up you can go to my Official Christmas Website at http://www.merry-christmas.com!

You be good now,

Santa

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Can I Sing?

Monique from South Africa sent me a letter recently and asked if I could sing? I'm glad to say that I certainly can! In fact, you will often see me joining in with the elves as we work throughout the day. Elves love to sing because it makes things seem to go faster for them. I like to sing because there isn't anything I can think of to make me feel happier than to belt out a good Christmas carol. It doesn't even have to be a Christmas song either. And if I don't know the words to a song - I make it a point to find the lyrics or ask any elf to help me through a song. I admit I'm not the best singer, but I never can see any reason why anyone wouldn't want to take part in a song. Music is such a universal language, and there are so many kinds of music - that not singing everyday would be impossible for me. My voice is lower than most and I'm always being asked to sing the low, bass part of songs, but that's O.K. Ho Ho Hooooooo!

What really tickles my soul is when I listen to children's choirs around the world. I look forward to listening to the song "Silent Night" every Merry-Christmas season. It doesn't matter what language is being sung - it still is the most heart warming song.

While you are waiting for me to show up you can go to my Official Christmas Website at http://www.merry-christmas.com!

You be good now,

Santa