One new thing we started this year was the Elf on the Shelf. I know there is tons of debate out there and you either love it or hate it. Personally, I think it's pretty cute and harmless fun. We introduced our elf by watching the movie. Once we finished the movie we heard our doorbell ring and there was a special visitor waiting for Emerson on the porch.
She was promptly named Cupcake and given a special spot up in the Christmas tree.
The next morning, she left a special North Pole breakfast for Emerson.
E has loved finding her throughout the house each day and we've made sure that she is a sweet elf and she doesn't do naughty things. I don't think our girls needs any ideas! :)
I think this is one of those fun traditions that you can make simple or you can go all out. Either way I can say that it is completely worth it. Cupcake is the first thing Emerson asks about each morning.
Another new tradition we started is making a Gingerbread house. I wanted to do one last year but gathering the ingredients in Abu Dhabi wasn't the easiest task. This year I just bought one of the kits from Target. You can't get any easier than that. Jesse put it together and Emerson helped decorate (in between tastes of candy.)
She refused to smile for me but I promise she loved it!
There are so many other activities I was hoping to do this year but the truth is this momma is moving slow these days and time is quickly running out!! That being said, I consider these must dos and hope to squeeze them in before Christmas:
-drive around and look at Christmas lights
-go see Santa
-make Christmas cookies
-make salt dough ornaments
-do at least one Christmas craft
-visit the zoo for Jungle Bells (if I can muster up the energy!)
It looks like we better get going! How is Christmas already next week!?!