Yesterday I shared my 24 Elf on the Shelf ideas because this is our first year of Elf mischief. We decided Elfie would arrive on 1st December, yet 11pm on the 30th November got here and nothing had been done!
So I dig Elfie out of the cupboard and plait some wool to make a rope. I stuck it into the fireplace because surely an Elf would climb down the chimney. I get back to my computer, I must write a letter from Father Christmas to explain this Elf thing. My mind is blank. I consult the wise one for ideas, the one who knows everything worth knowing…Google. I decided not to do the Elf-is-watching-to-report-to-Santa thing (too much like 1984!) and I wrote that Elfie has come to visit but may get up to some mischief instead.
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!
Every year we love to visit the Christmas Tree Festival. It normally takes place in the first week of December and really gets us feeling festive and it raises money for the church and the hospital charity too.
This year, 63 trees were decorated by various local groups and organisations. It is beautiful inside the church especially with Christmas carols being played on the piano as we viewed the trees. Here’s some pictures from our visit.
My boys loved seeing the nativity scene. We have a wooden scene at home and they’ve been rehearsing their nativity plays at school, so they were very interested in the large scene at the church and loved that real straw was used.
Today, I’m joining in with the My Favourite Christmas Linky hosted by Mama Mummy Mum as she has 10 questions to quiz everyone about their favourite festive things. So lets get straight to those all important questions…
1. What is your favourite Christmas song?
When I was younger, I would have said something like I Wish it Could Be Christmas Everyday by Wizzard or Last Christmas by Wham. These days I quite like listening to carols at Christmas because they bring back childhood memories. My favourites are Away in a Manger, O Little Town of Bethlehem and Carol of the Bells. The first two, I love to sing them and they reminds me of a Christmas play I did when I was 10. The second gives me goosebumps and reminds me of watching Home Alone! Though the song that signals the start of Christmas for me is Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You, when that plays on the radio then I know Christmas is well on it’s way.
It’s now less than a month until Christmas day and about time to start getting into the festive spirit. What better way than snuggling up with the kids and a good Christmas film. Here’s my top 5 favourite Christmas films.
Repeat after me “The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear”
Baby Buddy, accidentally taken to the North Pole after crawling into Santa’s toy bag, is then raised as an Elf. 30 years later he heads to New York to meet his birth family and finds his dad’s a Scrooge, his brother doesn’t believe in Santa and everyone’s forgotten the true meaning of Christmas.