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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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Geography

15 November, 20210 Comments

The world is a really big place. I’ve traveled to Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas and learned some really cool things throughout my journeys. What I have learned most recently may surprise you as Michigan has many one of a kind things.

Many people I meet ask me what my favorite part about Michigan is and every time I tell them it’s the kindness and hospitality of everyone. My second most favorite thing, though, are the sights.

For example, did you know Michigan has more than 3,000 miles

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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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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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Thanksgiving Recipe

29 November, 20200 Comments

Friends,

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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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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Halloween Costume Competition

31 October, 20200 Comments

BinG needs help! Design him a costume, or new outfit, using the coloring page below and get entered to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card!

Here is how to win: Color the BinG page below. You can do it digitally or by printing off the coloring page! Once colored, email the page to social@holidayextravaganza.org by November 21st at noon. Your name will be entered into the drawing for a $100 Amazon Gift Card and the winner will be randomly selected on November 22nd.

All submitted coloring pages will be

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Rooftop Reindeer

22 October, 20200 Comments

I have a secret.

Michigan has it’s very own North Pole – and it’s called Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farm.

This family owned and operated business is the perfect place to go when you want to pretend it’s below freezing and snowing while surrounded by Santa’s most faithful companions.

Friends, living so far away from home is so hard. It is rewarding to help plan the holiday event of the season, but not seeing my reindeer or elf friends for 5

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The Reason it Snows

26 August, 20200 Comments

Hi friends,

I come to you today completely outraged.

This morning I overheard LuLu having a conversation with some of the neighbor children and they are under the impression Santa cannot fly his sleigh without snow!

Please always remember: The reason Santa is able to fly his sleigh is a combination between the magic the reindeer have and the holiday spirit in the world.

Repeat after me: Santa does not need snow to fly.

In fact, many of the places he visits

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