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Game Organizers Frustrated by Donner’s Absence

Game organizers are calling for a special meeting to move forward with plans for the Reindeer Games in Donner’s absence. Donner has yet to return to the North Pole. Most of Santa’s...

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Gifts for kids, by age

I need to get gifts for a bunch of children ranging in age from 0-10, and I'm stumped... Can we do a "best gifts for each age" thread? Educational, not overly gendered, not brand-associated, and fun! To give a benchmark of what kinds of toys I like, I'll comment first with some kid gifts I've given in the past that went really over well. I'm especially on the hunt for kids around age 4-7 as I have a quite few in that age range.

If we all put the age range first, the thread will hopefully be skimmable and useful to a lot of people. Thanks!

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Preparing for the North Pole Halloween Celebration

The North Pole Halloween party is coming up soon and party planners are busy putting everything in place. As is our tradition the party will be held at the North Pole Community Center. This is one of...

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9 Weeks Until Christmas

There are just 9 weeks until Christmas and I’m so very, very excited. My little Trixie is coming home for Halloween. As you read yesterday here on Santa Update the test flight pilots and their...

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The North Pole is Hiring and Promoting

The North Pole is hiring and promoting like crazy these days. Santa’s call for 200 million new tracker elves to help track Santa for Santa this year has resulted in an unprecedented season for...

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10 Weeks Until Christmas

10 weeks now until Christmas – just about down to the single digits! It’s a pretty exciting time to be an elf. So this week they put me in one of the back studios at Kringle Radio and had me read...

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Resources/ hacks for mental health during the holiday season?

I find the holiday season very stressful. Let's just say it, I have come to hate Christmas. Advice for dealing with family dynamics/ maintaining mental health during the holiday season? I find the holidays, especially Christmas, incredibly stressful. If it were up to me, I would stay home with my husband, go on a nice walk, cook dinner together, and maybe go to the movies -- basically a chill day off from work. We did get a nice at-home Christmas last year thanks to Covid. But now we are back to regular Christmas which this year involves a long flight, hours of driving, balancing the schedules of both our families, spending way too much on gifts, and receiving gifts that will inevitably go straight to Goodwill— all in a boring, suburban environment.

And worst of all to me is dealing with this tug of war between my family of origin and my in-laws, in terms of how much time we spend with each one and which one is perceived as being prioritized.

Staying home or going on vacation just the two of us, is a no-go for my husband. He thinks it’s cruel to basically leave his parents sitting at home alone. There’s lots of duty/ obligation with my family too.

I know that every conversation with my mom for the next three months will include a run-down of the Christmas week schedule, and my head very well may explode this year after last year's taste of sweet freedom. I get so stressed and really struggle to enjoy anything about it, basically just try to get through it without lashing out or melting down.

Anyone else go through this? Any sage advice for maintaining mental health this year, and potentially even breaking out of this cycle in future years?

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12 Weeks Until Christmas

12 weeks until Christmas, gang, but let’s talk Halloween, shall we? I got a call from Elf Harold Star, my editor over at the Santa Tracker Herald Star, and he told me he got a call from Mrs. Claus....

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Donner Has Not Yet Returned to the North Pole

Donner, Santa’s lead reindeer, has not yet returned to the North Pole. For some reason, a lot of people are growing anxious about that. We remind you that ALL the reindeer last year did not...

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3 Months Until Christmas

Greetings everyone! There are now officially just three months to Christmas and it’s snowing here at the North Pole! That has made things festive and busy indeed around here. While things are going...

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Millions Sign Up As Tracker Elves

Millions have signed up as Tracker Elves to track Santa for Santa this year, according to a new report posted at SantaTrackers.net. Officials at North Pole Flight Command credit a flood of interest...

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Winter Weather is Back

Winter weather is back at the North Pole and that is actually good news. Snow makes things move at the North Pole so no one is complaining. Elf Seymour Snow predicts that winter will be here to stay...

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14 Weeks Until Christmas

Only 14 weeks until Christmas now, friends. Do you have any idea how fast all that is going to go? There’s a change I’m feeling here at the North Pole. Maybe it is because I am more involved this...

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100 Days to Launch

100 days to launch is what the countdown timer says on the big clock at North Pole Flight Command. It is another big milestone in the countdown to Christmas. If you have been following the test...

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How the North Pole Post Office Works

The North Pole Post Office is one of the busiest places at the North Pole. Our North Pole Chat for September was held with Postmaster Elf Hugo, who runs the North Pole Post Office. The North Pole...

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Understanding Sectors

Sectors are an important way that Santa plans his trip around the world. Santa builds his flight plan around breaking up the world into five different parts, which he calls sectors. A sector is a...

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15 Weeks Until Christmas

There’s only 15 weeks until Christmas, guys. 15 weeks! But it is Christmas here already. We got a ton of snow this week. I mean a ton. That has really given everything a kind of Christmas feel to...

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You Can Participate in This Year’s Elf Parade

You can participate in this year’s Elf Parade for the first time ever. The Annual Elf Parade is held on Thanksgiving Day at the North Pole. It is an event that draws huge crowds in North Pole...

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17 Weeks Until Christmas

There are now just 17 weeks until Christmas. I can smell it in the air now. That’s because of several things. First of all, a lot of cookies are being worked on in Mrs. Claus’ kitchen. Elves here eat...

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4 Months Until Christmas

4 months until Christmas now – are you getting excited yet? We have had a lot of breaking news the past couple of months. Santa set a really high goal for the number of Santa tracker elves he needs,...

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Reindeer Return Early to the North Pole

Santa’s reindeer are returning to the North Pole. Donner arrived earlier this week in the company of a team of elves from Reindeer Operations who were coming to the North Pole for a certification...

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18 Weeks Until Christmas

18 weeks until Christmas, gang! Have ya frosted any cookies yet? I have. I took a workshop Mrs. Claus held earlier this week. I had no idea there were so many rules to just frosting cookies. I would...

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North Pole Chat Schedule Change

Due to a special announcement to be made this week we have CHANGED the schedule for North Pole Chat to 4pm EST on Saturday, August 21st in the North Pole Chat Room. I will be hosting the chat AND...

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19 Weeks Until Christmas

19 weeks now until Christmas! Things are starting to feel festive. I have been talking to school teachers the past few weeks. We always hear from them as school starts up in various places. Elf...

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