Lots of new traditions happening in Little Mama's house!
|Our Advent Calendar - or, at least the start of it|
After a long time on the road, we're finally back at home and ready to get into the holiday spirit. It's time to dust off the Christmas box and unwrap our stored-away goods, except--all our stuff is tucked away, high up in the attic in a huge bin that's way too heavy for me to carry down. Sigh. Hopefully Hubby can bring it down soon (hint, hint).
In the meantime, a pit stop at the Dollar Tree...
It's no secret, I love the Dollar Tree. There's always so much fun stuff, its so cheap, and you never quite know what you're going to find. Today, I picked up these gems: some small stockings and colorful sequins.
Little Mama and I went right to work with our new finds.
We're making our own Advent calendar and counting down the days till Christmas, using a stocking as a marker for each day. We're a little late getting started, but better late than never, right? Stay tuned for more on our Advent calendar later in the week.
Meet the newest member of our family--Reddy!
So, the Elf on the Shelf is totally new to me. I had never heard of it until recently, and now suddenly this elf is everywhere. Pinterest, Facebook, and at my local Paper Source. This morning while I was out and about, I happened on this guy and just had to pick him up.
The deal with the elf is that he comes to stay with a family and every night the elf reports back to Santa to give him updates before Christmas. The elf returns back to the family but hides in a new spot. So, it becomes a game to find him each morning. The elf comes with a book to read that explains all the fun and sits on his own little shelf in the box!
This all sounded too cute, I had to pick one up. Imagination, silliness, surprises--sounded right up our alley.
Tonight I wrapped up our elf and presented Little mama with this package. "Look what Santa left for you on the doorstep, Little Mama!!"
She was so excited, so couldn't open it fast enough.
Needless to say, the Elf was a huge hit. He's already made himself cozy, helping himself to a few things here and there. I can't wait to see what the next few weeks bring. It truly is such a magical time of year. Cheers to a happy holiday season!