As I mentioned in my last post, we’re jumping on the Elf on the Shelf bandwagon this year. We welcomed him into our family with a “North Pole Breakfast,” which is an idea I found on Pinterest.
We didn’t do anything fancy — just some cinnamon rolls. Rosen and I had already had breakfast since we like to eat when we first wake up, so this was actually a mid-morning snack for us.
While we were enjoying our rolls, Michael read the Elf on the Shelf book so Rosen could get a better understanding of the elf’s purpose. Afterward, we helped her come up with a name for our elf and settled on Fiddles.
In addition to his normal duties of reporting Rosen’s behavior to Santa each day, Fiddles is going to deliver an Advent activity or treat every morning. We have a lot of stuff on the docket…a breakfast with Santa event, baking Christmas cookies, making cinnamon ornaments, etc. We’re also doing a few things unique to Atlanta, like riding the Pink Pig at Macy’s, going to the Stone Mountain Christmas celebration, and (maybe) visiting the Georgia Aquarium. Some days are going to be as simple as watching the Christmas episode of one of Rosen’s favorite TV shows. We’re going to have to be flexible and play some things by ear. Baby #2 could arrive at any time this month so we’re going to be as easy going about it as we can be.
I’m also not going to be creating elaborate scenes of mischief every day for our elf. Rosen will be lucky if I actually remember to move him to a new spot every night. I’ve seen so many cute ideas out there, but I think I’ll wait until Rosen is a little bit older and really into it before I put that much effort into it.
All in all though, I think it’s going to be a really fun way to spend some extra quality time with Rosen before her new baby brother arrives, and it will give us opportunities to create some wonderful holiday memories.
And since this was the first day of Advent, we got to start using the Fisher Price Little People Nativity Advent Calendar to count down the days until Christmas.
We’re doing a countdown with Christmas books as well. This is another awesome Pinterest idea that I fell in love with. I’ve been collecting Christmas books all year long, mostly from Goodwill, so it’s been very affordable. I’ve wrapped up 24 different books, and Rosen will open up one each night to read with us before bed.
I think it’s going to be a very exciting Advent season!