Friday, 20 December 2013

It's the most wonderful time of the year...

I just love this time of year.

I get to go overboard on the family traditions and memory making.  

This year, I'm cramming in as many as I can because I am all-too intimately aware of the fact that time goes really, really quickly.  

Before you know your sweet littles are all-grown up adults and ready to fly the nest!  Giving you one last Christmas to revel in your family before everything changes. *sobs*

So, we have been very, very busy savouring the season.

Decorating every inch of the house... 

Thoroughly enjoying the tradition of unwrapping a Christmas book a night then cuddling up together on a bed to share it as a family...
We start with the book that comes with Scout, our Elf on the Shelf (see below).  Some of our other favourite Christmas books are - An Aussie Night Before Christmas, That's not my Reindeer, How the Grinch stole Christmas!, Merry Christmas, Little Mouse, and Christmas at Grandad's Farm.

We've been learning to ride bikes...

Attending class Christmas parties and fare-welling our friends and amazing teachers with much joy and a little sadness. (Hamish made the Donna Hay Christmas wreath front left of the table.)

We thanked our incredible teachers for a wonderful year with homemade Rocky Road and jewellery the kids chose themselves...

Our traditional Pizza-Movie night has become Christmas themed and has included the occasional yummy Christmas themed dessert...
(Link to bauble ice cream sundae inspiration (and many others) found here.)

Operation Cubby for Christmas is in full swing.  It's WAY too hot to be painting up here!  Regular water breaks are necessary and end-of-the-day rewards are essential...

Our friendly elf visits us every day... 

Even breakfast has had a festive makeover...

Last night we completed another family tradition - driving around to view the Christmas lights... (I told you hubby blinks in every photo...)
...and then we go eat Cold Rock Icecream.  Even at 9 o'clock at night! Cue horrendous (me), cute (him) ice cream-covered selfie...
And, this morning, we finished decorating our Gingerbread houses.  We pimped the Donna Hay version with mini m&ms...
Christmas traditions kick into overdrive next week with ham, turkey and trifle preparations (plus we need to get the Cubby finished!), so I'll take this opportunity to wish you all a joyous holiday season, whatever your traditions.  

Thanks also for all your support this year on my journey into blogging.  Your comments here and on Facebook mean so very much to me.

Merry Christmas and all the best for a wonderful New Year.

Sarah xx

Monday, 9 December 2013

Elf on the Shelf - and why some of the ideas just don't sit well with me

We have an Elf on the Shelf.

His name is Scout.  Every morning we wake to find Scout in another cute position.  You've probably seen all these ideas online.

There are a lot of mixed feelings about these elves.  Some say cute and magical, others, well, kinda creepy.

I'm in the cute camp - but with some pretty firm limits.  Some of the ideas plastered all over the internet I think are just wrong and here's why...

The purpose of the Elf on the Shelf is to be a scout elf.  They spend the day observing the children and at night magically return to the North Pole and report to Santa.

So, if their sole purpose is to keep the big guy updated as to the naughty/nice status of the children in their family, why, of why, are there all of these naughty elves out there?

So many of the ideas I'm finding on Pinterest have the elf making a mess, wrapping the Christmas tree in toilet paper, drawing on walls or being attacked by other toys!

Is it not hypocritical that an elf who checks on childrens' behaviour is performing the very acts that would land any kid firmly on the naughty list?

In our house, things are a bit different.

In our house Scout is cute. 

He does cute things.

He makes us laugh.

And he helps us celebrate the joy of the holiday season.

Do you have an elf?  Where's the cutest place you've found yours?