Last year, Dan’s sister Jenna sent the kids our first Elf on the Shelf. It was a perfect age for the kids to start the tradition because Parker and Mason were just getting at the age where it would be fun. We just opened the box, read the book, and had him hide in a different place each night leading up to Christmas. The boys LOVED it. Parker named him Quackenshelf (the first thing he said when we asked what his name was) and we loved seeing the boys faces light up with excitement morning as they wandered downstairs to see where he would land next.
We were excited to introduce him again this year, but wanted to have a clever entry for him. So, before we left for Thanksgiving dinner at my Aunt Angie’s house, I set up a gift with a note that I made up from the elf to the kids, while they were getting buckled into their carseats. Since they needed new PJ’s to wear for Christmas, we thought a good gift would be for Quackenshelf to bring all three of them new Christmas PJ’s.
The next day we headed to Kinsey Farms to buy our Christmas tree. We’ve picked out our pumpkins and trees here the last two seasons, so we decided to continue the tradition. Dan loves a Chinese restaurant called Rice that is on the way there, so we enjoy stopping there and eating lunch prior to getting our tree. As you could imagine, the place was packed. We had a great time, and even though the weather had gotten pretty cold in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, it was amazingly PERFECT weather on black Friday. We couldn’t ask for a more gorgeous day. It wasn’t very cold, and there was lots of sunshine and a slight breeze. The kids had fun and we came home in time for naps and enjoyed setting up the tree that evening.
The first week of December my Mom joined us and we had “Cookies with the Clauses” an event that we’ve gone to since Parker was a toddler, so I guess this would be our third year going. The kids weren’t as excited about this one. Mason was terrified of Santa. He wasn’t too fond of him last year, but at least agreed to sit near Ms. Clause in promise of a cookie. No, he wasn’t budging this year. Full on tantrum, body hits the floor at Santas’ feet, and drooling and crying ensues. Sienna was so distraught by Mason’s reaction, that it got her in a tizzy as well. All while Parker chatted away with Santa, telling him all he wanted for Christmas. Once we got inside, we met with some friends and did crafts. Sienna crawled and danced a bit on the dance floor, and Mason loved doing crafts, but Parker it seemed like he too quickly wanted to go home. I don’t know if it was because he didn’t get a nap and he was over tired, or just bored. I was kind-of sad that he wasn’t breaking it down on the dance floor like he had in past years. We can always try for next year. I’m not going to start believing the fact that he may be getting too old for this event. NOT going to believe that for a minute. Stay young, my Parker pooh!
Since the boys are older, this year we decided to try doing an Advent Calender. We have a verse that we read along with a thing to do such as “watch a Christmas movie together” or “Have a picnic by the Christmas Tree”. It’s been a lot of fun and the boys look forward to doing that each day too. We’ve been busy this month, but we look forward to continuing to celebrate Jesus and enjoy family time this season!