I wanted to set the stage for making our house into Santa's workshop and started to discuss with the kids all the things that Santa and his elves do to make Christmas morning happen. This was an attempt on my part to inspire the kids to play (and participate in some mom activities- of course) With a little help from Jan Brett's Christmas book the kids made a list something along the lines of decorating, making lists, making gifts, wrapping gifts, delivering gifts, baking (eating) cookies, cutting snowflakes, hanging stockings. Ideas were overflowing.
Elf on the Shelf. The idea is that a small Elf who works for Santa watches the kids and then reports back to Santa (while they are asleep) if they have been naughty or nice. Each day he hides in a different part of the house and the kids have to find him but cannot touch him (the story gives them all the instructions). Honestly, I was weary to start this tradition, it being just one more thing to add to a busy time of year that I am seriously trying to SLOW DOWN. Anyway. We've done it and now Santa's elf was in character all this afternoon. And based on his enthusiasm for the part the costume will be on tomorrow afternoon as well.