1. Melisa

    I’ve never read that before. Growing up we got “celebrated” St. Nick’s day by getting our stockings on Dec 6, filled with fruit, popcorn ball, nuts and some trinkets. I love this idea. Forgive me Pam, I’ve known you for 10 years now, but have forgotten some small details such as do you have your kids place their shoes by the door as in the story? How do you execute this? My girls would love this, and probably getting a couple Squinkies in them as well.

  2. Melisa

    Btw, we do not do the elf, nor Santa. Emma, my see it the way it is child, figured out the Santa thing a long time ago (along with tooth fairy, long before she lost teeth). I tell my kids if I’m spending money on gifts, I want the credit!

    • I heard of it last year and did not give it much thought, this year they seem to be everywhere, so I had to look into it all more. I think we’re Ok without it. After all, I already have to “feed” the Danish Nisse on Christmas Eve so he can protect the house:) I have no more room for mythical creatures!

  3. I don’t do the Elf on the Shelf either. Not so much because I am against it, just never got into it. Not really sure why though, I am a bit of a sucker when if comes to fairy tales and whimsy!

    • Jenny! I GET that! Every year I see one more idea to try and I want to do it ALL! I have no limit to what I want to shove into our celebrations. However, I rarely leave margin, which is something that I want to work on.

  4. We keep an Advent wreath at home and have a special dinner when we light it every Sunday evening. Usually I will look up a passage from the Bible, and we will talk about it. Since they are still pretty young, we talk a lot about “preparing Him room” in our hearts, the way you prepare a home for a new baby. My little guy, in particular, loves that baby. We have a little ragdoll elf too, but we don’t make much fuss about him. Usually when no one’s looking someone will move him to a new spot, and we’ll all say “wow, how did the elf move?” However it is not the “official” elf from Target, hahaha.

    • I like the idea of preparing room like preparing for a baby. I’ve been pregnant during advent five times now! I think most of the kids can relate. I like the idea of a special Sunday dinner when adding a lit candle!

  5. We don’t to elf on the shelf, either, but I only just heard of it this year! I agree that the reporting of bad behavior to Santa seems creepy, but I really don’t like it because my kids should get instant consequences for behavior so they can learn and adjust. How can my kids learn to be well-behaved if they only do it for one holiday a year (and their “consequence” won’t occur until Dec. 25?) Great discussion, and I love that you respect other parents’ choices in explaining why you believe the way you do!

  6. I am not in favor of Elf on a Shelf either. I just don’t get it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about the bribes, but not bribing so they have to worry about weather or not they will get a Christmas present or two. My bribes include, “If you don’t start acting like you should, I will gather up a bag of toys and donate them to some kids who will appreciate them” That is just ONE of my bribes. There are plenty.

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