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by Wendy S
by Wendy S
by Wendy S
Rachel was the first to spot her.
There she was…in the lobster trap in Craig’s office.
At first we weren’t sure who she was. Lauren’s a smart cookie; her initial reaction was “Is she Santa?”
But we found the book near by and after reading about who she was and how she could fly back to Santa each night, everyone got very excited!
The girls named her “Sprinkles”.
It was fun to hear them talk about her and guess where she might show up the next day!
Day 2 – December 2nd
Sunday, she showed up in our en-suite bathroom perched up on the medicine cabinet.
It’s neat to see the girls reactions when I remind them that she’s reporting back to Santa. They seem to get nervous about what she will say.
I wonder if I could get her stay around all year??
The Elf On The Shelf (Girl)
Who is the Elf on the Shelf??
Have you ever wondered how Santa knows who is naughty and who is nice? The Elf on the Shelf®: A Christmas Tradition is the very special tool that helps Santa know who to put on the Naughty and Nice list. This interactive holiday hide-and-seek tradition is perfect for children and families of all ages.
The tradition begins when Santa sends his scout elves out to Elf Adoption Centers. Waiting for their families to bring them home, these patient elves hibernate until their family reads The Elf on the Shelf, gives their elf a very special name, and registers their adoption online. Once named, each scout elf will receive its Christmas magic and become a part of the family’s Christmas each and every year.
Excellent listeners and even better observers, these scout elves are the eyes and ears of Santa Claus. Although they cannot be touched, or else they may lose their magic, the elf will always listen and relay messages back to Santa. Taking in all the day-to-day activities around the house, no good deed goes unnoticed; these scout elves take their job seriously.
Each night, after the family goes to bed, the scout elf uses his magical Christmas powers to fly back to the North Pole. Once there, the elf will make his or her daily report to Santa and visit with elf friends where they will tell stories about their beloved families, play with the reindeer, and of course, sneak some of Mrs. Claus’ cookies!
Before the family awakes each morning, their special scout elf will fly back to their home from the North Pole. However, since these elves like to play games, don’t expect to find them in the same spot! While some like to hide in the freezer (probably because it reminds them of the North Pole) and others prefer to sit on the fireplace mantle or hang from the chandelier, these elves love to play hide-and-seek with their families.
On Christmas Eve, the scout elf will listen for Santa’s bell and then fly back to the North Pole until the next season, wishing every girl and each boy a Christmas of peace and a year full of joy. Join the tradition and adopt your own Elf on the Shelf now!
by Wendy S
This year we’re starting a new tradition — Elf on the Shelf!
Now that the girls are old enough and because they thoroughly love the magic of Christmas, I thought it might be fun to add a new tradition to our holiday celebrations!!
Tonight I’ll be picking up our new little friend. Isn’t she cute!?? I know the girls are going to love her!
There are now two editions of the book…the traditional boy elf and now a girl elf!!
Both are available at Chapters Indigo!
So stay tuned to see what little adventures she gets in when she officially arrives on December 1st!
by Wendy S
This Christmas is the 5th Christmas since my Dad passed away. He is missed so very much. I know he is still with me in all that I do. There are so many times I wish I could just pick up the phone and hear his voice.
Not having my Dad here at Christmas time is especially tough. Christmas is so important to our family. Growing up my extended family was all over North America so we always traveled great distances so that we could be together. Now the distance needed to travel is much too great.
Two years ago, I posted the poem, Christmas In Heaven, which my family read in 2005 when he first passed away.
Today I came across this poem. I don’t think I need to explain why I’m posting it. And I know that there will be some of you reading this who will probably cry as much as I did.
I still hear the songs
I still see the lights
I still feel your love
on cold wintry nights.
I still share your hopes
and all your cares
I’ll even remind you
to please say all your prayers.
I just want to tell you
you still make me proud
You stand head and shoulders
above all the crowd.
Keep trying each moment
to stay in His grace
I came here before you
to help set your place.
You don’t have to be
perfect all the time
He forgives you the slip
if you continue to climb.
To my family and friends
please be thankful today
I’m still close beside you
in a new special way.
I love you all dearly
now don’t shed a tear
cause I’m spending my
Christmas with Jesus this year.