Believe

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This may be the last year our 9-year-old actually believes in Santa and our Elf on a Shelf.  Why do I make this statement you ask?

She recently shared with me that at school she learned the tooth fairy is really the parents and not a fairy.  I pulled her aside so her younger sister wouldn’t overhear our conversation.  I asked her what did she believe? She said the boys in her class shared the “truth” and again I asked her what she believed.  She shared she wished they’d never told her.  To help her out I told her it’s the magic of the tooth fairy that you can still believe in and for now not to share what she learned at school with her younger sister.

My husband and I talked about this later that evening and are realizing it’s just a matter of time before she learns or figures out the “truth” about Santa and our Elf on a Shelf.  I hope like her reaction to learning of the tooth fairy that she will still hold on to the magic of believing.

So with that last night Earl our Elf on the Shelf returned.  Both girls excitedly were up early to see where he was in our home.  For the next 28 days Earl will continue to show up around our house getting into all kinds of fun and keeping them excited about finding his latest whereabouts.

We will go to the mall and visit Santa and get our pictures with him.  Our girls are set to write their letters to Santa as well.  We can then go to the mailbox the downtown Macy’s has that delivers directly to the North Pole.

As we wait to see when the belief stops and changes to the magic of believe, we embark on the 2015 holiday season.  As has become our family custom, the girls and my husband are currently assembling our pre-lit tree and decorating.

If your child stopped believing how did you handle the conversation?

Day 27, #NaBloPoMo, #BlogHer

we’ve put Christmas 2014 away (finally)

It’s always hard for me to say goodbye to Christmas.  Our house always feels and looks lonely when all the decorations are put away for another year.  We usually wait for Little Christmas (12 days of Christmas, Epiphany) to take it all down.  This year we went another week longer as we couldn’t quite say goodbye yet to the holiday and it’s decorations.

christmas ornament storage

Our family had a wonderful Christmas with visiting family (Grammy & Truckie) as well as time spent with friends.  Both our girls still believe in Santa and the magic of our Elf on the Shelf, Earl.  Their beliefs help propel both my husband and I into the spirit of the holidays.  We also get to spend a lot of uninterrupted time together too.  My husband takes the week between Christmas and New Year’s off and, of course, our girls are off from school.

So it is another year we pack away with memories.  I wonder next year will our girls still have their belief of the wonder of Christmas?  We will have to see what the year ahead brings for them in their lives and where that will take us for the next Holidays.

Have you packed up your holidays yet?

getting ready for Christmas

it’s only days until December 25.  I think I’ve lost some of my Christmas mojo. Even not being on it all, I have helped with two school Winter Parties, decorated the interior of our house and plan our Christmas meal.  Today I finally got to decorating our living room with the tree wearing it’s Christmas finery and our mantle hung with our stockings and more.

living room mantle 2014

chistmas tree 2014

We’ve been to see the San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker, our two Girl Scout troops got together with other troops and caroled for the seniors in a local assisted living complex.  I still have our Christmas cards to address and they will get to their recipients before the New Year!

Ok off to the Holiday parties we’ve been invited to today!

a new advent tradition

It’s December 2nd, and it’s starting to feel like Christmas around here.  In the past I have purchased the chocolate filled calendars for the advent countdown for our girls, but this year, thanks to Pinterest I have a new advent for them.

2014 christmas advent for the girls

Each little gift bag is numbered for the day of the month.  Instead of candy there are activities and things to do together as a family.  Some include treats, it’s the holidays after all!

  • 30 minutes on your kindle
  • make snowflake garland to hang in the house
  • drink hot cocoa in our Christmas mugs
  • wear new Christmas jammies
  • make cinnamon decorations for the tree
  • watch Christmas TV special with special treats
  • decorate the trees in their rooms
  • unwrap a new Christmas book to read
  • make graham cracker houses decorate with candies
  • drive around and look at lights
  • visit Six Flags holiday decor & sleigh rides
  • bake and decorate cookies
  • visit with Santa Claus
  • game night with the family your choice
  • buy toys for “Toys for Tots” collected at local fire house
  • Caroling with Girl Scouts at a local assisted living home
  • watch Christmas movie with popcorn
  • write out Holiday cards to classmates
  • go to San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker
  • go see Christmas tree in Union Square and decorate windows
  • help me with “you’ve been Elf’d” in our neighborhood
  • help us buy a real tree and decorate
  • visit Christmas Tree Lane
  • unwrap and read a Christmas book
  • attend church on Christmas Eve

I hope my girls enjoy this new advent as much as I am putting it together for them!