I feel like I can finally start getting excited about Christmas since Thanksgiving is over. I lugged out all our Christmas stuff and was only attacked by three boxes, so I consider it a win. As I unpacked it all, I thought about all the things I do for the kids to make them happy during the holidays.
1. Buy Elf on the Shelf.
I'm sorry, but it's creepy. I only bought it because it was cheap on Amazon. Natalie loves it though, which is why it's even in my home. She arrived for the first time last year. We named her Meredith, after Meredith Grey from Grey's Anatomy. She's going to return today even though the Elf on the Shelf people were like, "The elf on the shelf officially begins on Thanksgiving!" No, insane people. This thing isn't going to be here longer than she has to be.
2. Buy this thing.
I'm probably going to want to break it by the end of the month. Meredith is going to bring it today as a, "Hello, I'm here to bug the crap out of you all!" gift.
We always make sugar cookies with buttercream frosting. I don't go all out. I buy my baked goods for the most part. I am not a fan of being in the kitchen.
4. Do crafts.
And by crafts, I mean these things:
I don't do the elaborate more-than-five-steps stuff. I hand these to the kids, tell them to have fun, and read my book. Sometimes I hear, "Natalie put a square on the cat!" but for the most part, they're quiet.
5. Wait in line to see Santa.
We try to do this early so the lines aren't so insane. Tommy knows the truth about Santa so he's not always involved, but Natalie is all, "Hi Santa! I'd like Barbies, Minecraft stuff, and makeup!"
6. Move the Elf on the shelf again.
You're supposed to move it daily. Sometimes I just don't wanna. I explain that Meredith is exhausted, and that she really, really liked her position. If you're looking for easy ideas, check out my blog post here. Some people suggest writing letters and doing elaborate things. You don't have to, guys. Easy makes me happy and I imagine it makes a lot of you happy, too.