December is here and so is the madness. While I love this time of year and enjoy the preparations leading up to Christmas and the end of the year, it does at times bring a mild sense of panic.
I feel like so much is always crammed into the last couple of months of the year, that I often need to take a step back and remind myself of what is most important and go with that.
Recently, Miss 8 told me that she wished it was Christmas already and I reminded her not to wish away the time she has now to enjoy the lead up because sometimes that can be just as much fun as the day itself.
It’s something I think I need to tell myself as well as it’s far too easy to get caught up in the gift buying and present giving, jamming our calendars full of catch ups and pre-Christmas appointments. Yes, some of these things need to be done now but others can always wait leaving us more time to enjoy the season that lies ahead without rushing. If you need some more tips you can check out my tips for a stress-free Christmas here.
Today I’m continuing my Living Loving Making Baking series – a place where I share what I have been up to over the past month, things I’m loving, what I’m currently reading or watching, sewing and crochet projects, and yummy baking recipes I have come across.
PS Apologies for missing the November instalment of LLMB.
So here’s what has been happening my way lately.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas which means we’ll soon be re-welcoming a special member into our family for the festive season – our Elf on the Shelf, Jinx.
We put our Christmas tree up on the weekend in readiness for Jinx’s return on 1st December and this will be the third year that he has visited our home.
It’s such a fun annual tradition for all the family. I know my girls are looking forward to our little elf returning for another year, particularly Miss 2 who is really getting into the Christmas spirit, which always makes me smile. Although let’s hope she doesn’t touch the elf!
If you don’t know much about Elf on the Shelf, check out the post I prepared last year to find out more and see a little of what Jinx got up to at our place in the first year he arrived.
Today I am also sharing all of the crazy antics our elf got up to last year to help give others out there a little inspiration!
We’re really starting to fly towards the end of the year and Christmas is drawing ever closer.
In just a little over a week we’ll be welcoming back an special member of our family – Jinx, our adopted Elf on the Shelf.
My girls are so excited and can’t wait for Jinx to arrive, although they are somewhat freaked out by where he will actually turn up each morning when he does arrive.
If you don’t know much about Elf on the Shelf, the basic idea is that they are scout elves who are adopted by families and then help Santa by keeping an eye on children’s behaviour. They report back to Santa each night then return to your home before morning and hide for the children to find him or her. The elves are not to be touched by children or they lose their magic and need to return to the North Pole until they recover.
In our family, Elf on the Shelf is not used so much for behaviour but more as a fun annual Christmas tradition for my kids to enjoy in the lead up to Christmas, no different to an advent calendar really.
Jinx joined our family mid-way through December last year, as the girls put in their request to Santa for a scout elf a little too late. Although we didn’t get to enjoy him for the full 24 days leading up to Christmas, Jinx still managed to get into plenty of mischief around our house and we look forward to seeing him again on 1 December.
I thought I’d share a few photos of some the crazy antics our elf got up to – some of these scout elves really are characters. I think my personal favourite was printing a copy of his own face in our scanner!
You never know, maybe it will inspire your elf’s creativity this year!