Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas at the White House

So, a beautiful Christmas tree arrived at the White House this year promptly on the day after Thanksgiving.

I hope Bo and Sunny aren't thinking what I think they're thinking.

A week later, Mrs. Obama welcomed children from Santa's Really Nice List to see the decorations for her "favorite time of year" and have some delicious milk and cookies.

The following night, the president lit up the beautiful National Christmas Tree, then his wife led a spirited reading of one of the best poems ever written, "A Visit from St. Nicholas," by Clement Clarke Moore.

Does all this national merriment mean the War on Christmas is over? Only Grinchy O'Reilly can say for sure.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Santa Gets Some Help

American talk show host Jimmy Kimmel knows how busy Santa is, so he and his sidekick decided to help out and take care of some of that double-checking Santa always has to do with his Naughty and Nice Lists.

Santa truly appreciates Jimmy's assistance. This saved him a lot of time.

And here's a brand new Christmas song that tells the true story of how Santa started the tradition of giving coal to children on the Naughty List and what you can do with the filthy lump if you get one. Jimmy calls "Joel, the Lump of Coal" by The Killers "the greatest holiday song ever recorded by non-chipmunks."

I'm lobbying to get this song added to the caroling curriculum at North Pole High.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Everything's Coming Up Candy Canes

With less than three weeks till the Big Day, things are pretty crazy up here at the North Pole.

I'm happy to see so many people are picking up my book to read on their Kindles or stuff into someone's stocking. I hope you enjoy it.

Guest Blog Post

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Looks like it's going to be raining CANDY CANES!

Hammond's Candies 13th Annual Candy Cane Festival, December 12-13, in Denver, Colorado. Free.

Hammond's Candies is having a Candy Cane Festival this December 12th and 13th. Is this in my honor? I'm flattered. Here's a video from last year's super sweet mile-high Christmaspalooza:

Both my dad and my mom made an appearance. How cool is that?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas in the 24th Century

I ho-ho-ho'd so hard when I saw this. Even on the final frontier, the crew of the Enterprise has time to enjoy singing a classic winter carol.

How jolly! I wish I could beam them all up to the North Pole.

Monday, December 1, 2014

That's Hot Chocolate

I was beginning to think December would never get here, but now the most wonderful month of the year is finally upon us!

Want something more to fa-la-la about? For the first TWELVE DAYS of December, the newly updated electronic edition of my book is just $1.99. That's less than the cost of a hot chocolate at Starbucks. It's also more entertaining and just as delicious.

So while you're waiting for Santa to slide down your chimney, enjoy the true behind-the-scenes stories of what really goes into making Christmas happen, in North Pole High: A Rebel Without a Claus. Merry Cyber Monday!


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