Last year a good friend of mine gave me back my Christmas spirit and I am so thankful, it turned out to be the best Christmas. I have always loved Christmas but in the early years of Ella's diagnosis it was hard, SO.VERY.HARD. We really wanted Ella to enjoy the magic but she just didn't understand. Trees and decorations were destroyed, we couldn't go out to celebrate without meltdowns and she just couldn't comprehend any of it. So sadly it had become just another time of the year for us. Then late last year she finally started to understand some of it and so for the first time we all got to enjoy the magic together as a family. I was in tears knowing how far she had come and with all the work my friend had done to make our place magical it really was the best Christmas season ever!
Part of our new found love for Christmas was the "Elf On The Shelf" tradition. It was so much fun to see Ella look for "Elfie" everyday and also know that he was reporting back to Santa on her behavour (which really helped as a little reminder when she was playing up).
Anyway since the time is nearing again I thought I would do a round up of the fun "Elfie" had here last year and give you inspiration for your our Elf.
A simple welcome to the family - in the tree!
Anyone for an Octonauts tea party?
It's hot here for Christmas (summer), so Barbie took Elfie for a swim.
Fun in a hot air balloon.
Where's Elfie? Hiding in the toy zoo!!!!
mmmm blueberry cinnamon scrolls anyone??? Elfie dropping hints for a yummy treat.
A subtle reminder about naughty behaviour.
Whats the time
Mr Wolf Elfie???
It's a fairy kind of day.
Shower time. (this was in spare bathroom so he could stay there all day without getting wet)
Everyday for 2 weeks Ella asked if it was her friends birthday party.... finally the day arrived!
Messages from the cereal bowl.
Some upside down fun, only time having a long staircase came in handy.
Someone was messing around with the wrapping paper.
Admit it, you sang that sign!!!!! LOL
Another date with Barbie, this time they went parking.
Toot Toot Choo Choo... train ride time.
Elfie really is a cheeky character (remember to use a whiteboard marker)
Stealing snacks and hiding in the cupboard.
Fun with fruity friends.
Just hanging around for a bit of swing fun.
See even Elfie loves to colour in!!!!
A note to say good-bye and a reminder that he is still watching throughout the year.
The other christmas traditions we started last year were:
Wrap 24 books and open 1 each night in the lead up Christmas (and worked great to stop Ella wanting to read just the same book every single night). She was excited to unwrap a book each night. I didn't have time (or money) to buy all new books, so I wrapped up a heap of books she hadn't seen in ages and only purchased a few new ones. This year however I have been buying and collecting new ones for her.
We also made a Christmas Eve box up for her to unwrap. In the box had new PJ's, a dvd, snacks and Santa's Magic Key, which she placed on the tree so Santa could get in (as we don't have a chimney). She loved it. You can download the key tag I designed from last years post here. I attached it to a scrapbooking/craft key I found at spotlight.
Just writing this post I'm super excited that Christmas is around the corner. We have had a rough year so I'm am hoping for another magical silly season to lift our spirits.
What is your favourite tradition for Christmas?