Santa’s Map Maker

Santa's first map

Hi boys and girls. I have another story for you. Today’s story is a bit longer than past stories. Did you know Santa has a head map maker? No? How do you think he kept from getting lost? Anyway, Santa does have a head map maker, and her story is worth hearing, at least if you don’t want Santa to get lost. I know you don’t want that to happen!

Most of the time when parents give a baby a name, it is just a name. Sometimes, that name creates a destiny the baby will fulfill over the course of his or her life. For Santa’s head map maker, her name created just such a destiny. Astrid has been Santa’s map maker since she was little, little even by Elven standards. Seldom do kids here rise so quickly to such heights, but, Astrid is special.
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Sugar, Sugar: Christmas Level

Can you help fill the mugs with the right color sugar? I sure am glad it isn’t this hard to add a little extra sugar to my hot chocolate in the morning.

How to play?

Draw lines with your mouse to fill the mugs with the right amount and color of sugar. This will take a little practice and thinking ahead.

Have fun

Cargo Bridge: Christmas Level Pack

Can you help Santa’s helpers build bridges to get the packages to the right place? I sure hope so.

How to play?

Build a bridge and test your construction skills. Help your workers to collect items located on the other side of valley. Become a number one of the leader board.

Build a bridge using your mouse and available budget. When it is done click “Test your bridge”. Your workers will use it to get items located at the other side of valley, and bring them back to the shop. Your goal is to collect all items in level.

For each level you have limited budget. All money that you won’t use, become your score, so cheaper bridge equals higher score. Money collected in all levels of game will be your total score and will be sent to leader board.

Why Santa and the Elves say “Ho! HO! HO!”

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A few of us elves and Santa were sitting around a cosy fire warming our toes and roasting marshmallows waiting for Klem to arrive for our weekly meeting last week. Klem is always late, for everything. When he finally arrived, we shouted our customary greetings to each other, “Ho! Ho! Ho!” As we said that, Santa started to laugh. Not just a little laugh, but one of his deep belly laughs, and Santa has a deep belly from which to call one of these laughs.

Klem said “Santa, why are you laughing at me? You know I don’t try to be late, I just can’t get places on time.”

Santa responded, “Klem my friend, I’m not laughing at you. I know you try to be on time, but you have been late for everything since before you were born, which you were late for too, I should add. No, hearing everyone say ‘Ho! Ho! Ho!’ reminded me of how we came to say ‘Ho! Ho! Ho!’ as our greetings. Because all of you are so young, you don’t know the story. Well, since Klem was only a little late, we have some time for a little story.”

After everyone refilled their hot coco and got a new marshmallow to roast, Santa continued. “This story dates back to what Mrs. Claus and I were doing during one particularly hot summer day about three centuries ago. As you know, Mrs. Claus and I have a big garden and one day we were working in it using garden hoes to get rid of some weeds. Mrs. Claus was busily working away, but I fell asleep on a bench in the shade under a big tree. My garden hoe leaning against the tree, also taking a nap.”

Santa with garden hoe“Santa, is that the great big garden Carmela takes care of?” Gwillym asked.“Why yes it is Gwillym. I hear the two of you spend a bit of your free time wondering around in the garden. I hope you two don’t accidently get lost in there.” Santa replied with a wink.

With this Carwyn blushed and the rest of us started laughing. Gwillym didn’t know we already know he and Carmela spend a lot of time together.

“Well, anyway,” Santa continued “I was about an hour into my second nap when Mrs. Claus started shaking me. When I woke up a little, she handed me my garden hoe, and, looking at me straight in the eye, she stated ‘Hoe! Hoe! Hoe!’ in unmistakable terms. I think she was suggesting that I should help her to hoe the weeds in the garden. This was only fair since I ate a lot of what came out of that garden. Anyway, at the very moment Mrs. Claus was calling out ‘Hoe! Hoe! Hoe!’ to me, a number of elves were passing by, and they thought that Mrs. Claus was calling out ‘Ho! Ho! Ho!’ to them as a greeting. Ever since that scolding Mrs. Claus gave me, “Ho! Ho! Ho!” spread throughout the North Pole, and now all of us use it as our greeting.”

“Santa, is that really why we say ‘Ho! Ho! Ho!’ to greet each other?” Heilyn asked.

“Of course it is. Would I ever tell you a tall tale? Especially one so easy to check with Mrs. Claus about.” Santa replied with a little smirk on his face.

“Sebastian, enough of my stories, what is first on the agenda this week?”

More Printable Christmas Word Searches

Hi kids! Can you believe there are only a few weeks left until Christmas? I know I can’t. Things are super busy here at the North Pole. The reindeer have been busy training so they are all ready to pull Santa’s sleigh; the elves have been making and finishing toys at a furious pace; and the engineers have been fine tuning the sleigh for the big night.

I know some of you will be getting out of school soon and will need an activity to keep you busy for a little while. So you don’t forget everything you learned in school, I asked Eirlys, one of our promising young wordsmiths, to put together a couple of word searches for you. These are like the ones we did last year. One word search is based on the reindeer’s names. I know you all know their names. The other word search is based on Christmas decorations. For these two, the words can be found going up or down, diagonally, or frontways or backways. I hope you have fun.

Eirlys probably won’t like me telling you this, but because most of you likely aren’t familiar with her name, I thought I would tell you a little story. Eirlys means “snowdrop”. On the day Eirlys was born, her mother was was walking down the lane when a single drop of snow fell on her nose. While this isn’t that strange in winter, Eirlys was born on a warm, sunny day in July. Because we love snow sooooooo much up here at the North Pole, we believe this is a fantastic omen and foretells that great things will happen. In this case the great thing that happened was the birth of a healthy baby girl.

Have your Mom or Dad help you print one of the word searches below. They can click on a picture and it will open up in a new window and they can print it from with the browser or save it to your computer to print later.

Have Fun!!!

Christmas Decorations Word Search
Reindeer Name Word Search

Winter Funland


Hi Kids. Something quick and easy. Santa’s sleigh is all packed, his hot cocoa is brewing, and the reindeer are rested. Santa will be off on his trip soon.

The picture shows what happens when Santa is away (not on Christmas Eve of course). You know what they say: “When Santa is away, the elves will play!”

Various items in the picture above are clickable. Clicking them will make them do things. Can you find them all? The picture will be bigger if you click the little button on the bottom right of the picture.

How "Merry Christmas" is Said Around the World


If you click on the map above it can be made bigger so it is easier to see. You can click and drag to see a different area and zoom in and out. If you click on an icon you will be given the country name and how they say “Merry Christmas.” The color of the icon generally shows countries that say Merry Christmas the same. That is true except for the square turquoise icon that shows countries with their own saying.

Hi Kids. Aloysius has let me show you another map he has been working on for Santa’s big trip. As you know, Santa visits kids all around the world and who speak many languages. So Santa can celebrate with all of the kids he has learned how “Merry Christmas” is said in different languages.

The map and table also come in handy when Santa is undercover. Sometimes, Santa likes to walk around a town dressed in a different suit than his typical red suit. There is a rumor Santa even likes to wear shorts if it is warm. He likes to see what people are up to and how they celebrate Christmas. Knowing a bit of the local language helps Santa walk around without being noticed.

Are any of you traveling to another area for Christmas or do any of your friends say something different than you? If so, maybe this map and table will help you too. Keep spreading Christmas Cheer!

I hope I didn’t make many mistakes or forget anywhere. How many different ways can you remember? You can also see how language is shared between people of both different and similar cultures.

Click this link to see the list – it is very long

Printable Word Searches

Hi kids! I hope you’re having a good week and spreading lots of Christmas Cheer. Up here at the North Pole we are busy finishing the toys and wrapping them. Our sleigh engineers are double checking the sleigh to make sure every bolt is tight, the runners secure, and polishing everything to a high luster. We’re almost ready for Santa’s big trip. The reindeer are taking it easy. We don’t want any of them to injure themselves this close to Christmas eve or get too tired.

There is an easier word search, a medium difficulty word search, and a harder word search for the older kids. Which one can you finish?

Have your Mom or Dad help you print one of the word searches below. If they hold their cursor over the images it will show if it is easy, medium, or hard. They can click on a picture and it will open up in a new window and they can print it from with the browser or save it to your computer to print later.

Have Fun!!!

Easier Christmas Word Search
Medium Christmas Word Search
Harder Christmas Word Search