December is my favorite time of year. Do you know why, Dear Reader? I love the spirit of Christmas.
What is the spirit of Christmas, you ask? It’s kindness of strangers and love of friends and family. It’s a healthy anticipation of the fun and excitement of presents. It’s the familiarity of traditions and the magic of Santa, his elves, and his reindeer.
Since we were married, my husband and I have been talking about what our family traditions should be where Christmas is concerned. We’ve only come up with three.
- Pajamas Ã¢â‚¬“ Grace is going to get new pajamas for Christmas Eve every year. She can wear them to bed, and then she’ll wake up in new jammies for Christmas morning pictures.
- Advent calendar Ã¢â‚¬“ We have a very cute advent calendar that we change every day in December.
- Cookies Ã¢â‚¬“We bake cookies and send a tin full to each of our neighbors.
Now, we have a fourth tradition Ã¢â‚¬“ our elves. Elf Magic elves are the real deal, straight from Santa himself. They are cute and well dressed, unlike some imitation elves I’ve seen. They are soft and very cuddly. Each elf arrives with a name; ours are David and Diana.
Gracie has been playing with our elves since they arrived early from the North Pole yesterday. She’s been talking to them, and stuffing them into and taking them out of their elf sacks. She hugs and kisses them, as you can see.
Grace is definitely attached to her elves. I don’t know how she’ll react when they go back to work at the North Pole after Christmas; she’s not old enough to understand that the elves will come back to use next year.
Another thing I like about Elf Magic is that they help parents to create memories. Each elf arrives with instructions, and the elves’ website is loaded with activities and suggestions for enjoying your time with the magic elf. Your elf can help you emphasize whatever aspects of the Christmas seasons you value most. He or she can help you learn Bible verses, leave small gifts for your child, and even visit your neighbors.
Here are some of my favorite ideas from the Elf Magic website:
- Stage little messy scenes, like elves eating potato chips or elves eating popcorn
- Elf the neighbors
- Let Grace find the elf in the middle of building a Lego structure
- Have Christmas in July for an extra visit from the elves
- Decorate the Christmas tree with underwear (or something equally ridiculous) and blame it on the elf
Dear Reader, there are so many awesome ideas on that website that our elf will be running amok for years and years. I’m delighted to have this new tradition in my home.
Elf Magic has a wide variety of products related to your elves. If you visit the Elf Magic website, you’ll find different outfits for the elves, reindeer, dishes, bags, t-shirts for you, and other products.
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