Nora is pretty excited about Christmas this year- not the actual day, but all the activities leading up to it, like decorating the tree, singing Christmas songs (she's already memorized Jingle Bells, Rudolph, and a number of others from this CD), and talking about Santa ("He comes down the chimney!"). So I thought it might be fun to do Elf on the Shelf, as I have heard much about it.
But... The official Elf on the Shelf is kind of expensive at $30. And I think he's slightly creepy. So I did some digging around and found out about Christopher Pop-In-Kins. Apparently, Christopher was the original Elf, but never quite took off like the Elf on the Shelf. He was about $9 cheaper, still not a steal, but I thought he was much cuter. He has a soft body and a hard head, and wiry arms so you can make him do different things.
Christopher showed up (very mysteriously of course) on our doorstep on Nov. 30th, after ringing the doorbell. Nora wasn't quite sure what to make of him but she did like carrying him around. We are not enforcing the "no touching the elf" rule as I think that's silly because of course a two year old is going to want to touch and hug the elf. And I can't think of a reason why she shouldn't. Our only rule is that the elf has to stay downstairs at night- she can't take him upstairs to sleep in her room. He has a lot of Santa's work to do at night, of course!
So far, it's been pretty fun! Kind of a pain to come up with different ideas each night, so next year maybe the elf won't arrive until like Dec 14th next year so we only have to come up with 10 different ideas.... ;). But Nora likes looking for him every morning.
Here are the things we've done so far (many borrowed from various Pinterest lists)...
(1) Christopher brought an advent calendar on Dec 1st (it's this Advent Calendar - you put a sticker on the correct number each day- very cute!).
(2) Christopher hung from a lamp (Nora talked about this one for days)
(3) Christopher rode her bouncy horse Rody, followed by several other toys
(4) It snowed, and Christopher brought new purple snow boots (and wore Nora's hat)
(5) Christopher cooked up some tomato and broccoli soup
(6) Christopher made a castle out her blocks
(7) Christopher hung upside down by the stockings
(8) Christopher made a bed in a tissue box
It's a cute little tradition- I don't want it to get too involved because I hear once you reach that level of creativity it's a bit hard to tame it down. So for now Christopher will mostly just be moving from place to place each night. Anyway, I would definitely recommend this version of the Elf- I think he's really cute!