one of my favorite traditions….Santa Books!!
Over the years i have bought almost 100 Christmas books…consignment stores, tag sales, after Christmas sales and i store them in a box all year….starting Dec.1st i pick 2 books and place them under the tree every night until Christmas…usually while the kiddos are taking a bath or brushing their teeth…when they are all ready for bed they can get their books!
we save The Night Before Christmas for Christmas Eve of course!
elf on the shelf arrives every year….and every year my kids are scared of him for the first couple of nights….
the thought of this guy flying around at night doesn’t settle well with them. the first night cooper slept with his head under the covers and Caroline wrote “do not enter” signs for her door. Why do we torture our kids do you ask???? because by the 3rd night they think he is so magical….i catch them staring at him and waving ….now they love writing notes to him….they just needed a few boundaries set!!
2 ways we count down the days are with Mr. Santa…they move the candy cane up every day.
and this year i found this cute printable here.