Making a difference

29 November, 20210 Comments

The Fran Anderson Making A Difference Scholarship is always awarded to one student from each of our four collaborating communities of Auburn Hills, Pontiac, Waterford and White Lake. They are students that go above and beyond to do something special or important, selflessly, for their community while in high school. Students may enter to win the $1,000 scholarship and are selected by a local official in the community.

Making a difference can be something as small as cleaning up litter in your local

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BinG’s Birthday

22 November, 20210 Comments

Hello friends, this weekend will be my birthday!

I’ve now had several birthday’s while in Michigan, but I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of the wild  celebrations that take place here. It seems friends and family always go to extremes to make you feed special on your big day.

I’m now 316 years old, so my friends and family back home do not celebrate me as much as they did 100, or even 200, years ago. I can understand why, but cake, frosting, sprinkles, dishes of candy, ice cream and

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Winter Sports

08 November, 20210 Comments

At the North Pole, the only sports we can play are those that take place outdoors. We play games like ice hockey and snowboarding, but do you know what other winter sports there are to play?

Hi, friends, I want to share with you five winter sports that are played around the world and a few details about how they are played.

  1. We must start with Hockey. This sport is played globally, and is an elf favorite. Two teams,
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Forming Collections

01 November, 20210 Comments

Hi. I am Jingle, BinG’s close friend and assistant for Holiday Extravaganza year 40. I am happy to be helping with this event, but even more happy to be in Michigan. My jobs as elf have ranged from “White Winter Operator” to “Reindeer Antler Polisher.” I am 657 years old.

BinG asked me to help with Holiday Extravaganza because of my eye for fun, excitement and organization. BinG believes in me to make Holiday Extravaganza an event to remember for the collaborating communities. He wanted me to

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Crayons & Coloring

25 October, 20210 Comments

A big thanks to LuLu for sharing her expertise about magic in last weeks blog. If you haven’t had an opportunity to check it out, I highly encourage you to take a look. She even shares how to make slime, which looks a lot like magic.

Friends, we are working really hard to get ready for Holiday Extravaganza. As you know, this is the 40th year, and our special surprises are taking up a lot of our planning time. Instead of spending this time how I normally would, readying McLaren to host

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Our New Friend, McLaren Oakland

18 October, 20210 Comments

Hi, Friends! It’s me, BinG. I’m here today to share with you some exciting news. This year, Elf Headquarters is McLaren Oakland. We’ve had many fond friends over the years take us in and care for us while we helped prepare for the most magical event of the year, Holiday Extravaganza.

Some friends took us on Michigan adventures, others fed us too much sugar, and still others taught us about what makes the holidays special for the

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40th Anniversary

16 October, 20210 Comments

Friends: It’s me, BinG!

It has been far too long since I last wrote to you, and I must apologize. Things have been mighty crazy over here at Holiday Extravaganza headquarters as we get ready for our biggest, grandest, most exciting parade EVER.

Holiday Extravaganza is always a big, grand and exciting event, but this year is going to blow the socks off of any previous event because this year, Holiday Extravaganza turns 40.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, HOW are we going to make this

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Thanksgiving Recipe

29 November, 20200 Comments


I hope you had an incredible Thanksgiving. This year has been so different, but my wish is that you have found some form of normalcy in celebrating.

My host family had a giant party last year, complete with two whole turkeys and ten pies. I remember not being able to count the number of family members they invited. Everyone was so happy.

This year, there were a total of 12 of us at our party. It was very different.

We still managed to have a great time, and found so much

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Learning how to drive

17 November, 20200 Comments

I’m sure you’ve heard by now: Holiday Extravaganza will be taking place at the M1 Concourse this year as a drive-thru event!!

It’s very exciting news, and LuLu and I are absolutely going crazy not being able to share with you all the fun surprises the Holiday Extravaganza team is brewing.

For example, you know the floats will be stationary this year. You know you’ll get to see the best costume characters. You also know Santa and his reindeer will be making a special social distanced trip to

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Trying Ice Cream

03 November, 20200 Comments

In the North Pole, us elves like to eat a lot of different cold snacks. But LuLu and I have never tried ice cream.

I know! It’s crazy! A sugary dessert that an elf hasn’t tried.

My first flavor choice was vanilla, but I added all of my favorite candies and sauces on top. We put sprinkles, gummy worms, hot fudge, hot caramel, cherries, m&m’s and even added whipped cream.

Wow! I was so impressed with the deliciousness that I went back for seconds. This time, I took the moose tracks

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