Friday, December 9, 2011

Our Elf: Eubie

I LOVE the magic of Christmas. I love watching little children's eyes sparkle as they learn about all of the wonders Christmas entails. So it is no surprise that I would fall in love with the "Elf on the Shelf" idea. My mother got all of the grandkids the story, with elf included and I was so excited to start the tradition this year.

For those of you who aren't familiar with this tradition. The elf is, of course, Santa's helper who has come to live with a family and keep tabs on the children and update Santa on how they've been. The elf uses magic to fly to the North pole and report to Santa. This magic of course disappears if the children touch or play with the elf. Each morning the elf will be hiding in a different spot for the children to spot in the morning. It is so fun, and Sarah is really getting into it.

Sarah has lovingly named our Elf, Eubie...
after a character in "The Happy Elf" a cheesy movie on Netflix right now. 

I love to hear Sarah giggle and talk to Eubie when she spots him in the morning. The other day while she was still in bed I heard her calling out to him in a whisper, "Eubie...Eubie! Can you hear me? Did you check on me last night?"

She is the perfect age for such magic.
Hope it continues for several more years before the worlds spoils it.

We do talk about the true meaning of Christmas in our family too.
Lately Sarah has been including into her prayers at lunchtime,
"Bless us to have the Christmas spirit and remember baby Jesus."
So I don't feel too guilty for encouraging the Christmas Magic. 


Em said...

I tried to introduce the elf at our house, but Oliver got a panic attack over it. Was TERRIFIED. So, maybe next year. But there are GAZILLIONS of awesome elf on the shelf ideas on pinterest!

Nate and Sarah said...

That is so cute! I have never heard of that tradition. I am so doing it next year!