Clearly people don't come here for my book choices. There are only 12 views on yesterday's book post :)
I posted about our simple Christmas a few weeks ago so I thought it was time to do a few quick updates and also talk about a few other things we're not doing.
The store-bought advent calendar was very well received by both kids and then about 5 days in, we arrived home to a bit of drama.
One child ate all the other child's chocolates from their calendar.
The "victim" was surprisingly chilled about it and very forgiving (more than I would have been).
Somehow they negotiated and sorted out the rest of the chocolates.
Bottom line - advent calendars are no more. And since willingly giving them chocolate was already a stretch for me, we decided not to replace either of them.
However, my lovely friend at the Se7en blog does a monthly calendar which I normally don't use but this time I printed them out for the kids to colour in.
They spent two evenings happily colouring in both sheets and now they're using that to cross off the days.
SO EASY - I might never go back to the difficult advent calendars again. D and I chatted about this advent calendar thing and he said (and here's where we act really old), in his day, the advent calendar just had a picture behind the window - the fun was in counting down and seeing the picture.
And then let's talk about the elf on the shelf.
Now I have two issues with this elf.
1) Really? The festive season is crazy enough all by itself. Everybody in the world says they're too busy except today I read on one blog that December always feels calm to her. She is the only person I've ever heard say that.
Anyway, so then we want to ADD to the craziness by making this elf do tricks for 25 days? No thanks, I'll say no to the extra crazy.
2) That thing is just creepy. If I were a little child, I'd be freaked out at the thought of something watching me and making sure I'm good.
Do you have an Elf?
Okay, one more thing about Christmas. And for this one, I'm very guilty. I bribe my children too. But it feels wrong. God gives me good gifts DESPITE my behaviour, and so a few nights ago when I said, if you guys are good this week, we'll let you open your Christmas presents on Friday night (mainly so they could charge the cameras before the holiday),that just felt wrong.
I don't want them to feel like they have to earn their gifts. We (not Father Christmas) give good gifts because we love them and feel that they would be delighted by something just like God gives good gifts even when we don't deserve them.
Also, like Mandy said, I'm all for imagination but I don't do all these fantasies like the Easter Bunny and Father Christmas. At school they do Father Christmas and I very reluctantly sent gifts to school and had to ooh and ah when they came home to show me the Lego they got.
Tell me how you approach all this Father Christmas/ Santa/ Mr Kringle business.
PS Don't forget about our Saturday Snapshots tomorrow!
PPS My annual Christmas sale is on - scroll right down the page to see all of the detail.
And then I looked through my Feedly and found this post which ties in very nicely here.