While most people are moaning about winter coming, I find myself longing for the dark evenings and welcoming that chill in the air, because it means CHRISTMAS IS COMING!
I’ve always been crazy for Christmas, but motherhood has allowed me to go utterly ballistic. I’m talking fig candles burning, twinkling wreaths on the door, and the Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton Xmas CD blasting from mid-November (if you haven’t heard Once Upon a Christmas, you haven’t lived).
I want my girls to experience the full magic of Christmas: I want their excitement and wonder build over the weeks leading up to December 25, until they can scarcely sleep at night, and they’re hearing sleigh bells in their dreams!
I want them to just be kids in those few short years before that annoying class know-it-all inevitably spills the beans about Santa.
Last year we introduced an adorable new tradition to Chez Monkey – Elf on the Shelf. I’d seen the lovely Chris from THINLY SPREAD talking about it, and thought it was just the cutest thing! The premise is that Mr Elf is down from the North Pole to suss out if your children are behaving themselves. Each night you change his position, just to keep your kids on their toes.
The girls just loved it last year, and are still talking about him, and wondering if and when he’ll return again this year. But this year we’re going to do it slightly differently, because Mr Elf is upping his game. This year I’m subscribing to the INTERNATIONAL ELF SERVICE and I’m almost beside myself with excitement!
Every day, until Christmas Eve, the girls will receive a twine-wrapped letter straight from the ACTUAL North Pole *wink wink*.
I’m planning to prop the letters up with Mr Elf each evening so the girls can discover them in the morning. Each one will be personally addressed to the girls and will let them know what’s been happening in Santa’s workshop, charmingly complete with doodles, inkspots, and Elfie’s signature.
The month-long International Elf Service subscription costs £35 (including postage) which might seem a lot, but when you break it down that’s less than £1.50 per letter. Less than the cost of a cup of coffee to start each day with a bit of Xmas magic? Sounds like an amazing investment to me!
• updated to add: you can now select from a range of delightful letters for different occasions, from birthdays wishes and tooth fairy musings, to festive notes from the big man in the red suit himself! Check out all the different International Elf Service letters.
• this is a commissioned post, but I loved this so much I went out and bought my very own Elf Letter subscription!