I'm a little sad because we have reached the point in my grandson's life when the elves just aren't as magical as they used to be. Time passes and kids grow older and the magic sort of evaporates into the air. I feel like last year was not all that much fun....(for me)...but I also think I was grasping at straws trying to find the magic of previous elf adventures and ended up just over planning and it got a little overwhelming. Although my daughter is turning 26 and she is still looking forward to our elfish fun.!!
The past few years I have tried to incorporate "elf missions" in with all the other elf things and the first year was fun but last year we got so busy that we didn't even do a couple of them. I've come to the realization that I really need to simplify...the magic of the elves aren't the "adventures" or the "missions" or especially the "gifts (although Evan might disagree on that one.). The real magic of the elves are the memories.
And memories are strange things....you can't recreate memories from past Christmases (or other life events), no matter how hard you try, each year is a new memory and the harder you try to hold onto traditions or ways of doing things, the more rigid you become in trying to recapture past fun...the more difficult it is to capture the fun of the present time.
One way I am simplifying this year is to limit the elves that arrive at our house....yes I know that sounds strange but we have like 30 elves (and they all have names!). Yikes that is sort of overwhelming all on its own. Last year I planned to limit them but Evan kept asking where, such and such an elf was so they all ended up arriving even though only a few of them participated in magical activities. So I am going to try only having a few elves arrive this year unless Evan asks again (lol).
The elves will be:
Ben (this is Evan's first elf that belonged to him even though we had elves prior to Ben)
Fancy Pants (this is Kelsey's elf)
Cocoa and Marshmallow (these are Katie's elves) Katie is Evan's mom and a few years ago he started wondering why she didn't have an elf...so that's how they came into the family.
Bernard, Jingle and Bell (this tiny trio started our whole elf adventure and I bought them at a flea market for 1 dollar) They have to come....
Sassafras and Tinsel: These are my elves and they are 12 Day Elves so they do not arrive until 12 days before Christmas.
That's NINE elves...count them...NINE....oh me oh my....and I'm just sure Evan will asked about Professor Sugar Plum and his three brothers (also flea market finds) and they arrived one year when the other elves were trapped in a snow storm at the North Pole (which translates into...."grandma couldn't find the darn elves) Then there's the trio of sisters: Merry, Holly and Mistletoe...And then there's Naughty and Nice who arrived just last year....they are so cute! but I am planning on nine....so I'll keep you posted on how I pull that off....(might not happen)
TO BE CONTINUED next week with more simplify the elves ideas.....