Today is the 1st December and the first day in which we can crack open the advent calender. Ours is a felt tree with pockets from Laura Ashley Its been hanging up for a few days and weve spoken to the Mini Crokers about Advent for a while so they were bursting to get on with it. Upon munching on todays little delights we headed to the living room….and there, upon a mini grand piano (of course!) was a little red elf. He was perched on the edge with a scroll of paper in his hands and next to him a brown paper package tied up with string.
“MUMMY!, look, an Elf. He is here!” Of course we have prepared the Mini Crokers for his arrival. He has his own door into the house (a post to follow later in the week) and he has his own key. They’ve been watching this door for signs that the elf has arrived. He did pop in once during the week to put up the tree and decorations, but this all happened whilst the Mini’s were asleep. He hasnt been seen since…until now!
In his hand was a letter from Santa. It told them who this elf was, why he was here and what Santa expected of them. Naturally it details Santa’s wish list for Christmas Eve which includes a mince pie.
I simply printed this letter from a PDF and used a little creative writing to disguise my own writing to suggest it REALLY was from Santa Claus. It’s a vain exercise disguising my handwriting at this stage. Neither the Mini Crokers can read properly and certainly have no recognition of my own writing but it’s what us parents do right?
You can find the PDF from Design Editor This is an amazing blog and it’s host is so generous with her time, not to mention incredibly talented and visioned. Best of all, this PDF is free to use for personal use and is just perfect for this type of year. You could use it for all manner of things, perhaps a note from Santa to say a quick thank you for the mince pie on Christmas Eve and to comment on how much he liked your tree, or a note to Mummy & Daddy to next year clean the Chimney!
The package was in fact the book that came with our Elf. We asked the Mini Crokers to open it and then we sat around the tree and read the story to them. Its a beautiful book with verse that tells the story of the Elf. I wrapped it in Brown paper and tied it with ticking ribbon. Both are easily attainable from shops these days. What made our package more special was that it looked like it came from the North Pole. I was inspired by a set from Little Cherub but I found that for what I wanted it for it was a little pricey, if not beautiful and inspired. After a little more research I found a set with More Style Than Cash Not only is this blog totally inspired and has a perfect name but again the PDF I found was free. I simply downloaded it and printed my own at home to adorn to our package.
Overall it was a pretty inexpensive operation, other than that of the cost of the Elf. It just takes a little time and now you have the links to prepare your own. If you dont have an Elf this year perhaps you’ll follow the links to those wonderful and generous blogs to create a little package or letter for your own family. Pop over to our Facebook Page and download your own creations. Id love to see them.
The look on my childrens face was worth more than any present I could of bought them and the sound of Mini Croker Av’s gasp when she saw the Elf next to the tree will stay with me forever.
“What happens when I grow up Daddy, who will the Elf live with”
“Whoever has a family of their own first will get our Elf, the second, Mummy & Daddy will send one to live with them next”
“But first Daddy will vet the man closely who you chose to start a family with ”
…and our adventures continue. Tomorrow we have something else planned.