Anywho...last year, we had that cool tree that I made...with envelopes.
The boys loved the idea and the activities that we did. We had so many photos afterwards, we made a book on Shutterfly with each day as a page. It took a lot to plan, but it was well worth it to see the excitement and anticipation on the faces of the boys as they opened the envelope each day to see what was coming up next. I wanted to continue to tradition, but I thought I wanted to get into the whole "elf" thing. Then I started looking up the all of the work that I would have to do with the darn elf and, like I said, I really didn't think that my kids would buy the elf. So, I sewed a Christmas Creeper...yes, from Minecraft. My oldest is really into it and I wanted to sew him one anyways, so I figured I'd incorporate it into the whole Advent deal. Now, the Christmas Creeper will report back to Santa on how well they play together and handle the new activities that require some teamwork, patience, and donations. I showed it to the little kids today and I told them it was a secret for W. Of course, they were blabbing away about it after dinner, asking where did it go and such. I explained that he went to a dark place to talk to Santa. Hehehehe...I'm such a sneaky mommy. I've laid the first seed into their tiny toddler brains. My plan is simple really...have the Christmas Creeper hold the Advent Activity for the day. He might hide from the kids...but he's definitely not an elf and he won't be causing mischief on a shelf. I guess I need to research Creepers...do they talk? Would they eat Santa? Maybe I didn't think this through as much as I hoped. Oh well, it will definitely make it interesting and that's my goal.