Katelyn & Chelsea received a very special package on the morning of Thanksgiving, from none other then himself, Santa Claus! The girls and I were coming inside from playing outback, when we heard the doorbell ring. We all ran to the door to see who it was, and we found a very special package on our door step.
We have been eagerly awaiting this special package from the North Pole for the last two weeks, because we have been learning all about the Christmas magic through An Elf’s Story!
The girls understood all of the big concepts about their new Elf already, thanks to our special book and DVD.
- We need to give our Elf a name before she gets her Christmas Magic.
- The Elf will lose her Christmas Magic if she is touched.
- Our Elf flies to the North Pole to see Santa every night when we are sleeping, to report if we were naughty or nice.
- We will find our Elf in a new place every morning.
Together, we opened the box and read our book, The Elf on the Shelf A Christmas Tradition.
We talked about a whole bunch of names for our new friend that Santa had sent us and the girls decided on the name, Elfie. A few hours later, the girls went down for a nap. When they woke up, they ran downstairs to re-visit their Elf on the Shelf box only to discover that Elfie was gone!
She had received her Christmas Magic because we gave her a name and when the girls were sleeping, Elfie had flown out of the box to the top of our Christmas tree! The girls were ecstatic when they found her!
I would not categorize myself as creative or crafty in any way, in fact, most of my days can be summed up by this ecard…
…but there is something about the holidays, and wanting to start family traditions, that has brought the craftiness out of me.
Last year, I made our first Family Thankful Tree. It kind of resembled a big stick. I call it my Charlie Brown Thankful tree. I loved the idea of the thankful tree as a way to show thanks. I even think I got a little more crafty with my tree this year. The family thankful tree is a fun family tradition to begin on November 1st! Every day, each family member writes down on a leaf what they are thankful for and by the time Thanksgiving arrives, you will have a beautiful tree, full of thanks to share!
We are halfway into the month of November, so here is picture of our family thankful tree so far!
I think we have come a long way since the Charlie Brown twig tree last year!
I have been trying to talk to the girls about being thankful and why we say thank you. After a 2-3 minute discussion (which is a very, long time for a toddler), I asked Chelsea what she was thankful for, to which she replied, “A driver.” and “Shopping carts.” I have to agree, both of those are very handy, and definitely something to be thankful for!
Another creative idea I found on Pinterest, which I actually followed through on, was my felt Christmas tree! We just put the tree up today, so the girls could decorate and re-decorate. Yes, I put it up early, but there will only be a few years where they really get excited about it, which makes me excited to get it up early!
Right now, the Family Thankful Tree and Christmas Felt Tree are facing off in a dual on opposite walls of each other, and I am sitting in between them, feeling extraordinarily crafty!
I love being able to start new family traditions. Our next tradition to begin this year is the Elf on the Shelf! A parent’s secret to getting your children to behave for a month. Stay tuned for some mischievous elf adventures!
‘Tis the season…. Time to get your craft on!