Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmastime is past...

Christmastime is past.
Santa had a blast.
Girls and boys all got new toys.
Now sleep is here at last.

Santa crashes after a long night of delivering toys.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Hang a Shining Star

North Pole High: A Rebel Without a Claus

You can hang on shining star on Christmas for this year, because it's ON! Santa has left the Circle.

While watching the elves load up the sleigh, I noticed that a lot of you asked my dad to bring you my critically acclaimed book, North Pole High: A Rebel Without a Claus. I thank you for that, and I am super flattered.

North Pole High: A Rebel Without a Claus - a memoir by Candace Jane Kringle (available in paperback and electronic editions from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Google Play)

No matter what Daddy gives you this year, may it bring you happiness and joy. I wish you the merriest of Christmases and the happiest new year ever.

Remember to be Nice and my dad will bring you more goodies next Christmas!

Can't wait for next Christmas? If you find a device under your tree that lets you read electronic books, or a gift card in your stocking to an online retailer of ebooks, you can visit the North Pole and jingle your bells any time of the year in the virtual pages of North Pole High: A Rebel Without a Claus.

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Great Scrooge-Off

Poor Ebenezer. He's the guy you loved to hate, until he found his Christmas Spirit. So it seems like an oxymoron to be looking for the "best" Scrooge. But that is the question I pose to you now.

Here are my five favorite Scrooges:

Jim Carrey

Grinch and Grinchier: Jim Carrey starred as The Grinch in 2000 and as Scrooge in 2009.

Okay, this is one actor with some serious Christmas issues. First he played The Grinch in the 2000 live-action version of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. A mere nine years later, the Dumb and Dumber star bah-humbugged his way through Disney's motion-capture-animated version of A Christmas Carol. How many lumps of coal did this guy get from Santa anyway?

Henry Winkler

Hey, that's the Fonz, Henry Winkler, as the Scroogey Benedict Slade in AN AMERICAN CHRISTMAS CAROL (1979).

At the height of his Fonziness, Winkler brought Dickens' character stateside, renaming him Benedict Slade, for the 1979 TV movie An American Christmas Carol. More recently, the former Fonz has celebrated the season with appearances in the TV movies Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh on Nickelodeon and The Most Wonderful Time of the Year on Hallmark, both from 2008.

Michael Caine

Holy Bah-Humbug! Batman's butler Michael Caine stars as Scrooge in 1992's THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL with Kermit the Frog.

A two-time Academy Award winner and thrice Batman's butler, Sir Michael sang his bah-humbugs to Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and a trio of Muppety ghosts in the 1992 musical comedy The Muppet Christmas Carol. He was still pretty mean.

Scrooge McDuck

Donald Duck's nephew, Scrooge McDuck, stars as his namesake and idol, Ebenezer Scrooge, in 1983's MICKEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL

Talk about a method actor! Mr. McDuck modeled his whole life on his Dickensian namesake. The miserly duck first appeared in his nephew's comic book in 1947, eventually headlining his own series, Uncle Scrooge, beginning in 1952. But it wasn't until 1983 that he finally got to portray his "hero," Ebenezer Scrooge, on the big screen in the Oscar-nominated short Mickey's Christmas Carol.

Patrick Stewart

Professor X (Patrick Stewart) is visited by the Android of Christmas Past in TNT's 1999 adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Make it so.

Shakespearean actor and former Starfleet commander Jean-Luc "Patrick Stewart" Picard took the conn for TNT's 1999 adaptation of A Christmas Carol after creating a one-man stage show based on the novel that he performed on Broadway and in London. As convincing a portrayal as a holodeck simulation.

So there you have it. The Grinch, the Fonz, Batman's butler, Donald Duck's uncle, and Professor X have all gotten their Scrooge on. Still can't decide which is your favorite? You can stream all these Scroogetacular performances (and more) at

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Waiting for the Man with the Bag

BREAKING NEWS: Christmas is coming, again.

I know, I know. You're all waiting for the man with bag. He's coming. I promise. I should know. He's my dad. Like the song says, old Mr. Kringle is soon gonna jingle all your trebles away.

This swingin' jingle was first made famous by jazz singer Kay Starr in 1950. More recently, Boston University's student a cappella ensemble, The Treblemakers, performed their festive rendition as part of BU's Holiday Harmonies series. Enjoy!

Friday, December 19, 2014

North Pole Swap

Here's a super fun Christmassy way to while away the hours while waiting for Santa to visit you.

Property of North Pole High sticker (icon for North Pole Swap game app)

North Pole Swap is a match-three game for iOS with Christmas trees, candy canes, Santa hats, and even North Pole High stickers!

iPhone screenshot of North Pole Swap match-three game for iOS, by Weston B. of Weston's Wacky World

Created by 13-year-old elf-in-training Weston B. of Weston's Wacky World, this cool app is available right now in the iTunes app store. Just in time for Christmas! Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Soon It Will Be Christmas Day

Lords-a-leaping! We're just one week away from the most wonderful day of the year!

In the air, there's a feeling of Christmas.

Even stoplights blink a bright red and green.

Those lyrics are from the song "Silver Bells," written for the 1951 film The Lemon Drop Kid.

Bob Hope must pay his gambling debts to gangsters by Christmas Eve, or else. He tries to raise the money by dressing as a streetcorner Santa collecting "donations," then opens an illegal casino to scam more loot from little old ladies. That may not sound very wholesome, but he manages to stay off Santa's Naughty List by introducing us to this classic song:

Released during the extended holiday season in March of 1951, the movie co-stars Marilyn Maxwell, who joins Hope in singing about silver bells, Christmas time in the city, and Santa's big scene.

Yes, Virginia, very soon it will be Christmas Day!

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

I don't normally write about writing here, but if you're curious about how I approach my authorial craft, you might enjoy a guest post I contributed to about my experiences working with a brilliant editor. Write Vault is a great service for independent writers to protect their intellectual property.

Merry Thank Yous

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Weather Report for Denver, Colorado:

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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Sunday, November 30, 2014

What Makes Santa Tick

The surest way to get Santa to spend more time leaving lots of toys and goodies at your tree is to fill your home with fun, loud Christmas cheer -- just like this family:

We get so much joy from videos like this. The elves really need to see how much you need Christmas. Otherwise they'll get lazy and make really stupid toys you would never want to play with.

To the family that shared this video, thank you for being so Merry!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

What I'm Thankful For

To all my friends in the U.S., I wish you a Merry Thanksgiving.

Thankful For Turkey

The festive turkey feast is quite important to us here in the North Pole -- because so many of you can't seem to get serious about Christmas until you get this other holiday out of the way. So after today, no more excuses. You'd better haul out the holly.

This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for many things.

I'm thankful that Taylor Swift won a special award at the AMAs this week, because that girl really needs a little recognition.

Taylor Swift in Santa hat

I'm thankful that none of my friends at North Pole High have been drafted to fight in the War on Christmas. I'm thankful for eggnog and mistletoe and peppermint milkshakes and candy canes dipped in chocolate.

I'm super thankful for reaching 3,000 followers on Twitter this week!

Candycane Claus, aka Candace Jane Kringle, author of the critically acclaimed "North Pole High," reached 3,000 followers on Twitter on November 25, 2014.

And I'm thankful to each and every one of my 3,000 followers. Including you, if you follow.

I'm super-duper thankful to the Kindle elves for fixing a bug in the Kindle edition of my critically acclaimed book, North Pole High: A Rebel Without a Claus.

On some Kindle devices, the ending was cut off. If you think you may have been affected by this, contact me using the 'Contact Me" form in the sidebar on the right hand side of my web site and I'll help you upgrade to the brand new 2nd Edition!

North Pole High: A Rebel Without a Claus, a memoir by Candace Jane Kringle, 2nd electronic edition, November 2014

In addition to the technical fix, this edition, which is also available for the Nook and other eReader devices, includes a brand new, exclusive, in-depth interview with the author (me), as well as a handy Reading Group Guide with questions and topics for discussion!

If you purchased the paperback edition from Amazon, you can get the Kindle version, with this fun bonus content, for just ninety-nine cents.

And if you're new to North Pole High, be on the lookout for a super generous Black Friday discount on the ebook in all formats tomorrow! Who knows? The price cut might even be in effect by the time you finish your turkey tonight!

Gobble, gobble!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Even Stoplights Blink a Bright Red and Green

Less than a month to go! Soon it will be Santa's big day! It's definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmastime in the city. When you finish your turkey tomorrow, you'll no longer have an excuse. Put up your tree, string up the lights, and SING!

I love this bouncy, snappy rendition of one of my favorite classic carols, Silver Bells, by Canadian singer Meaghan Smith, from her 2009 release, It Snowed. See how she makes the trees light up just by touching them? She might really be from the North Pole.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Everybody Nose The Christmas Song, Right?

As saxophonist Dave Koz and his friend, South African singer/guitarist Jonathan Butler, prepare to embark on their annual holiday jazz tour, they have a hilarious disagreement over some of the lyrics to The Christmas Song.

For the record, yes, reindeer really do know how to fly.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

My Writing Secrets

Want to find out about my writing process and what inspires me to write and how I went about finding a publisher? Gee, you're nosy. Well, okay then. Go read this interview I did with my friends at Book Goodies!

Interview With North Pole High Author Candace Jane Kringle At Book Goodies

While you're there, take a look at all the great free and bargain-priced ebooks they list, and sign up for their newsletter too. You won't want to miss their jam-packed YA holiday book buyer's gift guide. (Guess whose book was selected to be featured in it?)

Merry Reading!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Say, Was That a Wink?

Recently unearthed video of Christmas singing sensations Idina Menzel (Holiday Wishes) and Michael Bublé (Christmas) when they were kids shows they always liked to dance to winter favorite, Baby, It's Cold Outside. Weren't they adorbs? They even changed the controversial date-rape line to "Say, was that a wink?" How cute!

You can tell this is really Idina & Michael by their voices, and because when they look in the mirror, they can see their future selves. I'm still waiting for the elves to make me a mirror like that. They say they have one but it won't work for me because I never age.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Don't Worry, Be Merry!

I absolutely adore Pentatonix's mash-up of "Winter Wonderland" and "Don't Worry, Be Happy" from their new release, That's Christmas to Me. It's a very McFerrin Christmas. My only suggestion is they should have changed it to "Don't Worry, Be MERRY."

What are your favorite new Christmas releases?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Holly Jolly Jennifer Lawrence

When asked to demonstrate her vocal talents while promoting The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 on Late Show with David Letterman last week, Jennifer Lawrence chose one of my favorite Christmas songs to massacre.

Hope you have a holly jolly Christmas, J-Law! And a glass of beer? :)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Contest Deadline Extended

 ’Tis the month before CHRISTMAS.
I hope it comes fast.
Let’s start getting JOLLY
’cause Halloween’s past!

Merry November, everyone!

Guess what? By popular demand, we have extended the deadline for entering the North Pole High Video Contest!

Those of you who pre-registered in October, thank you. I can't wait to see your videos!

If you did not register in October, it's not too late. Just post your video any time during Round One and send its link to as soon as it's up.

Round One begins at midnight, Pacific time, on November 1, 2014, and ends at midnight, Pacific time, on November 30, 2014.

The earlier in November you upload your video, the more time you will have to gather likes, views, and comments needed to become a Finalist, so don't wait till the last minute. Could you imagine what would happen if Santa and the elves waited till the last minute to bring you Christmas?

Be sure to read all the rules and terms and conditions and stuff first.

Good luck!

UPDATE: As of November 11, submissions for this contest are no longer open.
(The elves sincerely regret any inconvenience this may have caused.)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Christmas Eve is 9 Weeks from Tonight, Bitches

So, my dad promised he won't put you on his Naughty List for clicking on Bitches n Prose. That's because, in addition to all the great book reviews from one of Goodreads' top 1% reviewers, Jillyn has posted an EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT from my critically-acclaimed book, North Pole High: A Rebel Without a Claus.

North Pole High Exclusive Excerpt and HUGE Giveaway Announcement at Bitches n Prose

Read all about how I was forced to work on a school Christmas tree project with a boy who hates Christmas in this passage I like to call, "The Art of Designing Christmas Trees," which has never been seen anywhere on the internet before.

Create with Christmas - Super Fun and Creative Contest Announcement for North Pole High on Create with Jenna

Last December I borrowed Daddy's sleigh to do an interview in Hollywood, U.S.A., on the incredible Create with Jenna podcast. We had such a blast, Jenna invited me to do a guest blog post on how you can be creative and Christmassy right now! Check it out, and then peruse all of Jenna's other inspiring posts and projects while you're there!

Obviously you can tell it's getting closer to Christmas now that I'm getting out for appearances all over cyberspace. I'm beyond proud to have my book listed at

Rather than send Jenny the same old boilerplate back-cover copy I've used everywhere else, I had one of Daddy's smartest marketing elves whip up a modified synopsis of the story. Read it and let us know what you think in the comments. is a pretty hot chocolate resource, so be sure to browse the many other wonderful books listed on the site!

My thanks to Jenny, Jenna, and Jillyn for all the fun and excitement. Have a Merry October!

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Lords-a-leaping! My Christmas Countdown app says we only have THREE MONTHS left to make Christmas happen!

Three Months Till Christmas

Rest assured, Santa, Rudy, Mr. Polar Bear, Tinsel, Snowflake, Silentnight, and every tiny little elf and reindeer at the Pole are working round the tree to bring you the BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!

But we need YOUR help! We can't keep up this pace for three months without your Christmas Spirit. PLEASE make a video so we can all see how much you're looking forward to the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

And if making thousands of elves happy and having a magical Christmas isn't enough incentive, how about this: We're giving away $300 in prizes to the makers of the bestest Christmas videos we see!

See the Official North Pole High Video Contest page for details!

North Pole High Video Contest

Merry Septembermas
from everyone at
North Pole High!


Monday, September 15, 2014

100 Days

100 Days Until Christmas

This is it. The most busiest time of the year has begun for us here in the North Pole. Everyone is smiling and singing Christmas carols. The elves have made over ten million toys so far. They'd better get it in gear, or my dad will have to outsource some of their work to the penguins in the South Pole again.

I'm so excited because school has started again. In addition to caroling, gift wrapping, tree decorating, and merriment classes, I've signed up for the Joy to the World Club. And of course we're having a blast playing reindeer games in Phys. Ed.

What's YOUR favorite part of Christmas? Think fast. You only have 100 days left to be JOLLY!

Remember: The next 100 days are all in the Top 100 days of the year, because they're all one day closer to CHRISTMAS!

Candycane Claus, xoxo

Monday, August 25, 2014

Four Months Till Christmas

Have you been counting down the days till Christmas since you opened your last present last Christmas?

Cheer up! You're 2/3 of the way there!

According to this Christmas Countdown Pie Chart, August 25th is two-thirds of the way to CHRISTMAS! #HoHoHo

Before you know it, Halloween will be scaring the chocolate out of you.

From there, you'll be able to hear your Thanksgiving turkey gobbling around the corner.

And then, CHRISTMAS!!!!!

Itching to get your ho-ho-hos started early? So am I. And I've got some great news...

Announcing the
North Pole High presents SANTA'S OUTLET STORE, a division of Santa's Workshop, The North Pole
For all your back-to-school essentials (if you go to North Pole High, that is).

You'll find:
  • Christmas books
  • Christmas movies
  • Christmas music
  • Christmas decorations
  • and more!
Open 24/7, 365, so you can be jolly ALL YEAR! Come back often to see what new Christmas goodies Candycane Claus has put on the shelves just for you!

Merry August!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

An Early Christmas for Stephanie

That sure was a fun Christmas-in-July Blog Hop!

I want to thank each and every one of you who stopped by and made July MERRY by entering my giveaway. And now...
Merry Congratulations

Stephanie will be getting an early start on Christmas this year with a signed copy of my critically acclaimed memoir, North Pole High: A Rebel Without a Claus. How Stephalicious is that? I'll even have the elves throw in a few extra North Pole High bookmarks she can share with her friends.

You know me. I love to give presents, just like my dad, so I really wish everybody could have won, but, shhhhh, don't tell the elves -- it's not really Christmas yet! Luckily, they've made an early Christmas possible for EVERYONE with electronic and stocking-stuffer-sized paperback editions of my book at super reasonable prices. Head on over to the North Pole High bookstore to get yours while supplies last!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Christmas in July Giveaway Blog Hop

Wow! Thanks for stopping by!

I'm soooo happy to see so much enthusiasm for CHRISTMAS in July!

So, my giveaway is for one of the few remaining ARCs for my critically acclaimed memoir, North Pole High: A Rebel Without a Claus. It's about this new boy at school and how my dad, Santa Claus, didn't want me seeing him, and how Christmas almost didn't happen because of it!

Christina at Cover2Cover called it "Christmas cheer between its covers." Gina at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers says it's "as jingle bell rockin as you can get!"

Now, one lucky winner will soon be aching for Christmas to hurry fast. So, on with the giveaway...

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My thanks to I Am A Reader and Laurie Here for hosting this hop! Each blog listed below is hosting its own CHRISTMAS BOOK GIVEAWAY. Enter them ALL! You can never have too many Christmas books!

Good luck. And if you don't win anything, you can always get the electronic edition of North Pole High delivered to your Kindle with the wink of an eye and a twist of the head via the magic of Whispernet!

PS: For the duration of this Christmas in July blog hop, we've made the Kindle edition of North Pole High available at the super low price of $2.99 (£1.80)!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Merry HALF-Christmas!

We made it!
It's JUNE 25th.

And have I got a present for YOU!

Have you ever wished there was a magazine that only published stories about CHRISTMAS?

Me, too!

Now there is!

Flip through the pages of KRINGLE, powered by Flipboard, and before you know it, you'll have spent half your half-Christmas Day enjoying the more than 100 carefully curated Christmas articles I've personally flipped into KRINGLE just for you! Go ahead, click on the cover and subscribe for free!

  • See who's releasing a new Christmas album this year!
  • Find out what new Christmas movies are in the works in Hollywood!
  • Read about what YOUR Christmas tree says about YOU!
  • Learn which store won this year's race to put out Christmas items earliest!
  • Follow tasty recipes for delicious year-round Christmas treats!
  • Browse photos of beautiful and unusual Christmas trees!
  • Stay informed with all the latest developments in the War on Christmas!
  • and MORE!

And, yep, there'll be a few articles about my Dad in there, too.

So check out KRINGLE today. It's free.

Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think of it, okay?


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Seven More Months

May 25th - 7 More Months Till The Merriest Day Of The Year

I could scream, too. In just seven months, Christmas will be here!

You know who else is excited? Cosmos producer Seth MacFarlane has just recorded a Christmas album with Nora Jones and Sara Bareilles. Let's hope the Family Guy creator doesn't do to Christmas what he did to the Oscars.

"Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane set to release a Christmas album in 2014, on which Peter Griffin may or may not sing to Santa, "We Saw Your Boots."

I've got tons of jingle bells to polish and tune between now and December, but before I leave, I'm happy to announce that my critically-acclaimed memoir, North Pole High: A Rebel Without a Claus, is now available for the first time on the Nook! If that's the format you've been waiting for, head on over to Barnes & Noble now. If you wait until Christmastime, there may be a line!

North Pole High: A Rebel Without a Claus - a memoir by Candace Jane Kringle, available on Nook at Barnes & Noble

Friday, April 25, 2014

Fan of the Month

Merry 25th of April!

Only eight months to go. Experts say NOW is the time to start Christmas shopping. I disagree. I say now is the time to tell SANTA what you want for Christmas. You can get your early Christmas list in by leaving a comment on this blog post and I'll make sure Daddy sees it.

And now...

to my beautiful

North Pole High

Ogeyi from California

Post your most Christmassy picture on my Facebook page showing your North Pole High Christmas Spirit and if you get picked as my Fan of the Month, you'll get a free Christmas Wish.

(Wishes not guaranteed to come true and have no monetary value. Void where prohibited. Decision of elves on Candycane's Fan-of-the-Month committee is final. By submitting a photo, you authorize Candycane Claus to post it on all her social media channels.)

Have a Merry Spring!

Candycane, xoxo

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Important News: 9 Months from Now...

Lords-a-leaping, not THAT! Nine months from today it will be CHRISTMAS!!!

Merry 25th of March, everyone!

Here's some more great Christmas news to tide you over while you're waiting.
Earlier this year Universal started working on a CG-animated version the Grinch. This month, Sony began working on a super cool origin story of the SANTA CLAUS!!!

Tinseltown just can't get enough of jolly old St. Nick. Winter's Knight will show how my dad ruled the frozen pagan world of Asgard as the Norse god Odin, then started making toys in exchange for cookies. Don't expect it to be historically accurate. This Viking Santa Claus is based, in part, on The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (which you can read for free on your Kindle) by L. Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz.

Of course, if you want the TRUE origin story of Mr. Kringle, look no further than North Pole High: Beginnings, my prequel to North Pole High: A Rebel Without a Claus, which tells how my mom and dad met amidst a terrifying zombie elf apocalypse.

Now, to re-gift Stephen Colbert's "Tip of the Hat, Wag of the Finger" concept, I tip my Santa cap to the Park Slope area of Brooklyn for keeping Christmas around well into March. Apparently their discarded Christmas trees haven't been picked up by the city's garbage collectors yet.

Unfortunately, I also have to put them on the Naughty List for throwing away their Christmas trees in the first place. Here in the North Pole, we keep our Christmas trees up year-round. Maybe if your halls were still decked in boughs of holly you wouldn't be in such a bah-humbug mood over this. #HoHoHo

Ready for a Spring Christmas treat? How about making very own, super yummy homemade marshmallows?

It's a fun weekend project and you can use them for Easter, s'mores, Rice Krispies Treats, and thousands of other things between now and next Christmas. Now that's hot chocolate!

Have a merry Spring and stay on the Nice List!


Candycane xoxo

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Ten Months To Go...

Merry 25th of February. Just ten more months till CHRISTMAS!!!

The elves have been pretty busy keeping tabs on who's been Naughty and Nice this year. Bet you didn't know we started keeping track this early? Well, we do. And so far, we've found one very Naughty person who found a very Naughty (and extremely dangerous) way to get rid of his leftover Christmas candy. Santa does NOT approve!

And then there was this guy in Florida who tried to break into a house through the chimney.
Robber gets stuck in chimney. Only Santa Claus could get away with this!

Didn't go too well for him. Here's a little secret: Santa uses MAGIC to get down the chimney!

Blackbirds keep Christmas Spirit alive in Cramlington, Northumberland.
Not all the Christmas news this month was tragic. In England, some quick-thinking blackbirds nested and laid their eggs in a Christmas tree, forcing the town of Cramlington, Northumberland, to keep their Christmas Spirit going a little longer this year. :)

One of the coolest Christmas trees of the year is not still up...
Budapest Christmas tree made of 365 sleds donated to children!
...because it was made of 365 sleds that have been donated to children!

If you get bored waiting for Christmas to return, why not have some fun and make yourself sparkle?
Festive Special! Simple, Sleek yet Sparkly Christmas Make-Up Tutorial!
 Here are some super festive makeup tips to looking Christmassy any time of the year!

I hope you all had a Merry February and enjoyed that other candy holiday. I know ten months sounds like when you're waiting for something as magical as Christmas, but it will be here soon. I promise.

In the mean time, I leave you with my favorite Christmas ad from last season...


Candycane <3

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Merry Jannuerrymas!

January 25th - Only 11 more months till Christmas

It's January 25th. One month down, only 11 more to go!

People always ask me what we do when Christmas is over.

Christmas is NEVER over in the North Pole. But we do lay low in the first month after Christmas. Santa goes into hiding to avoid all the complaints from boys and girls who were naughtier than they realized and didn't get everything they wanted for Christmas.

Like the Google+ team, who sent me this mean letter when I created my profile...
Letter showing that Google doesn't believe Santa Claus is real. Boo.
So they're basically saying Google doesn't believe Santa Claus is real, and therefore I am not real. Well! I hope they enjoyed their COAL! Ho Ho Ho!

And speaking of Grinches, look who's coming back....
Universal's Grinch is coming back in 2017 in a CG-animated feature.
Universal Pictures has announced they are releasing a new CG-animated feature version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! on November 17, 2017. Wait a minute, that's like four years away! I can't wait that long. I'll be like a hundred by then!

I know another classic Christmas book that might make a good movie. In fact, Nick Abdo, the producer of one of my mom's favorite movies, Beaches, gave my book a 5-star review on Amazon last month!

"Cool characters and a story that will appeal to older kids and adults alike," said the Big-Time Hollywood Producer! I'm so flattered. :) 
Nick Abdo, producer of BEACHES, gave NORTH POLE HIGH a FIVE-STAR REVIEW!

And here's some more Christmas movie news: A movie called Happy Christmas premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this month. The holiday film stars Lena Dunham of HBO's Girls and Anna Kendrick of Twilight.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS premiered at Sundance this month.
A review in The Guardian said, "Christmas plays little part in the narrative other than as an excuse to bring everyone together," but called it "undeniably charming." I'm just glad to know that some people can still appreciate the undeniable charm of Christmas even in January. :)

Until Christmas, stay on the Nice List. You can do it. It's only eleven months! xoxo