My best friend, Melissa, told me about the Elf on the Shelf fun Christmas tradition. She and her family have had their Elf, Criddle, for a while now and so we decided to head to Barnes and Noble to get our own little fella.
However, I didn't realize there were boy elves and girl elves. Half way on our way home Elijah started complaining that we had a girl elf instead of a boy elf. I honestly thought he was joking, but after looking into it, sure enough, our elf had earrings. We drove all the way back, had to stand in the return line, and left happily with our boy elf they later named Snowflake.
It has been fun to start a new family tradition with our Elf on the Shelf.
The boys had been begging us for a while to get the Christmas tree out of the attic and up in the living room. So, finally, we got down all the ornaments and began putting together our tree. However, a tall tree, always has the issue of getting the star on straight. We didn't do so hot with our tree-topper this year. :)
Our advent calendar for the month of December has daily family activities, one of which is to build a family gingerbread house.
However, the hardest part about making the gingerbread house so early in the season, is trying to keep the boys from eating it all the other days leading up to Christmas.
The boys were surprised to find that our Elf on the Shelf, Snowflake, had eaten a bite out of our gingerbread Christmas tree and got icing all over his face one evening after returning home from the North Pole.