So it’s December 1st; do you have your advent calendar ready? We do and I love it! Growing up, I have never been into the chocolate advent calendar that you could buy at every big store, I don’t know, just wasn’t a fan of it or its waxy chocolate… the little doors were fun to open though, for the first few mornings, but I remember not eating the chocolate by mid-December… while now you would have to pay me to eat it on December 1st! When the boys were younger, we didn’t do the chocolate thing for them either, but for the last 3 years, we sure went all out with the 25-days leading to Christmas!!! So here’s how this all started…
As a kid, my family never did the Christmas morning stocking tradition. I guess my Mom thought we had received enough gifts for one day and wanted us to wait until New Year’s day to open our stockings. She actually never pretended they we from Santa, and I remember my brother and I being so excited on January 1st while opening -some more- fun little gadgets and surprises, cause it kinda made the gift giving (or back then more like gift receiving) period last a bit longer! Once we got a bit older, or like old enough to fill/buy/pay for a Christmas stocking by ourselves, we started to draw names and organize a stocking exchange, so we would each have a stocking to open; still on New Year’s Day. I tried to do the same with my Brian before we had the boys, but my stockings was always empty comes January 1st. When I would say on December 31st that I was super excited for the stocking exchange in the morning because of all the cool stuff I had found for him, I could immediately see with the look on his face that he didn’t get me anything, yet. But guess what, nothing’s open on NYD; SO I would end up with like a jar of ice cream and a DVD from the drug store. Yep… I was SUPER excited. So after a few years of being disappointed (I know I sound like a spoiled child; especially since it was actually chocolate Haagen-Dazs he would get me every year), I decided to call it quit. Hence, the advent calendar!
There are so many Christmas traditions nowadays that I decided to combined some of them together! So now our advent calendars, Christmas stocking and Elf on the Shelf Willy are all part of the same scheme! My mom knitted tiny little mittens, we glued numbers 1 to 24 on it and placed them on a string (most adorable advent calendar EVER). So like any other elf, Willy, who’s there to watch on the boys and report on their behavior to Santa throughout the month of December, really likes to hide! And he does it every night! But what Willy also do every night, is that he brings a small treat or toys to the boys and leave it for them to find in their mittens. So when they wake up, they have to find Willy in the house and then look into their mittens for some fun little gifts. Well, only if they were good the day before, at home and at school, cause Willy sees everything. Best decision ever! December is clearly their best behaved month of the year! And it really doesn’t cost more than the stockings would, and at least, they have fun for 24 straight days instead of 5 minutes on New Year’s. So throughout the month they will be receiving underwear, socks, some Mario’s figurine, lollipops, and even possibly a Poop Christmas ornaments! Oh yeah, they still find the Poop Emoji sooo funny! But don’t worry, that thing will be hidden somewhere at the back of our beautiful tree along with Brian’s Red Sox player and mini Fenway Park ornaments!
As for me, well last year I bought myself a HUGE wooden calendar with little boxes to be filled. I received some cute messages on some days and junk the boys had putted in there on some other days. Hopefully, this year it will be filled with some awesome stuff! I’m pretty sure it will once he sees what’s inside the MEGA advent calendar I’ve prepared and left on the kitchen table since last weekend. He’s been really anxious to start opening the doors. I really wanted to keep this a surprise, but I’m pretty sure he has already figured it out by now… so it’s 24 different craft beers, of course including some of his favorite Beau’s! Maybe not THAT original, but I know he’ll love it and will enjoy opening all the little doors every day after work!
So there you have it, our very own Elf tradition. And you know, I don’t go crazy about the Willy/mittens thing if I forget about it… when it happens, I just tell the boys that Willy probably didn’t like something he saw the day before and that they should really watch themselves and behave from now on. Honestly, who can keep up will all the craziness and not drop the ball once in a while! And when it happens, well they have the best of days after that… so, not too bad! Thinking of it, may start skipping some days on purpose!!!
May the December craziness be awesome my friends. Good luck with all the shopping, food prep, wrapping, decorating, and more, and more, and more! You know what, in the end, it is truly the best time of the year… so enjoy yourselves, and all the parties, and have fun with family and friends. Cheers, with a bit of eggnog!