I am really excited this year that Mason is finally old enough to understand Turkeys, Santa, Christmas Cookies and all the traditions that we have in our family. To me, this is the fun of the holidays and having children to enjoy them with.
A new tradition we will start this year is the Elf Watch or The Elf on the Shelf. This is a great tradition to start right after Thanksgiving! The elf-like character will become a permanent resident in your house from Thanksgiving until Christmas. Place the Elf somewhere high in the home to watch over the toddlers on behalf of Santa. Each night the elf will disappear and report good or bad behavior to Santa, only to reappear somewhere new in the morning. Make it more interesting by moving the elf from place to place and room to room and letting the kids hunt for the elf. The Elf
can leave small treats, appear with a notepad and pencil nearby or leave a trail of glitter. On Christmas Day he disappears, only to reappear the next year for another holiday season of watching kids to determine whether they have been naughty or nice.
I will be digging out the old Elf from when I was a kid so that he can watch over Mason. Watch this month to see where he will be showing up in our house!