What Christmas traditions does your family have?
For us, one of our big ones is Buddy, our Elf of the Shelf. He arrives on December 1st each year and ensures that some Christmas fun is had in our household not matter how busy we are.
If you haven't heard of Elf on the Shelf you can find out more information at www.elfontheshelf.com. We purchased our Elf from www.bookdepository.co.uk but there are plenty of places that you can pick one up.
Now don't get me wrong, this can be time consuming if you let it however I have an awesome hubby who loves to surprise our children as much as I do. If time and creativity isn't for you, there are plenty of less time consuming ways to include 'Elf on the Shelf' as a tradition in your family. The first year I had no idea what I was in for and there were a few nights where it was hard work. Now, a few years on I have learnt some great tricks that I am happy to share!
*Have a plan for the whole month, have enough ideas to get you through - you will thank me for this later! If you are looking for some inspiration check out these Pinterest boards
*Create a storage spot for all of your Elf supplies and shop for supplies early. Having everything in once place makes the whole process easier
*Have a mix of easy and more time consuming set ups, if you've had a late night or an early morning start you don't want the Elf to hold you up
*Share ideas with friends and family - you can even share props if you'd like
*Have a camera on hand to capture the kid's expressions each day
*Watch as the magic of Christmas arrives at your home
Here are a few photos of our Elf Buddy's adventures last December! Happy Elfing!