This Elf on the Shelf thing, I’m sure you know it, started when the Robots were teeny and yet we’ve never done it.
I was tempted to but the craze passed us by in the end. Now at 7 and 5 years old, I was thinking they’d probably be too old for it. However Daddy Robot wanted to give it a go this year and I think it’s a nice idea. At this age, they still believe in Father Christmas and will also be old enough to remember the elf’s mischief.
Looking at some of the pictures on Pinterest, I think this could become a family tradition that’s still fun even when the kids are older, there’s lots of Elf on the Shelf ideas that are a bit more grown up!
So we all know how it goes, Christmas is coming and that means Christmas trees, crackers, presents and food. It means tinsel on the tree, up the stairs, in your hair. It means naff jumpers and Christmas socks. IT means lights, advent calendars, Christmas wreaths and eating too much turkey whilst watching the Queens Speech.
Or does it?
That’s the picture the adverts paint. That all sounds like a normal Christmas and the way it’s meant to be but in reality we all do it a bit differently. Every family has their own Christmas traditions and the things that, without which, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas. Real tree or fake? Pre-lit or a fight with tangled lights? Chocolate advent calendar, picture calendar, neither? Or maybe an advent candle? Turkey, goose, beef, maybe just a chicken will do or maybe you’re a veggie.
Christmas is coming with surprising speed. The week after next is the Christmas lights switch on in my town and the school Christmas fair. Last weekend, I bought a snow globe and can’t bring myself to put it away so it’s already sat on the shelf! The first Christmas decoration of the year.
Now I’m a) excited about Christmas and b) a planner. Back in September, I started sneakily asking my kids what they might like Father Christmas to bring. So this is my 4 year olds Christmas wish list.