We've started a couple new traditions this year. One of which is the Elf On The Shelf (thanks Amy C.) It is a very cute story about an Elf, that watches the kids and then reports back to Santa each night. It comes with a (kinda scary looking) little elf which you get to name. We had a blast trying to come up with his name. Each morning, the kids check to see if "Iggy" has moved his location.
The second one is allowing the kids to draw names. (Nothing new there...) But they use their allowance money to purchase a gift for their sibling. (Thanks Laura Elena) It was REALLY cute to watch them get so excited. Abbi said, "Mom...it feels really good to buy something for Kali, and the best part is that it's with my own money!" Then Kaleb's present was picked out. He actually climbed under the cart to see if he could see what Kali had picked out for him. What a stink! Did I mention that he snuck in and half-opened one of his presents? Yup. So that present is now on the counter.....he only gets it if he is good, and his room is kept clean until Christmas. Kids! (I must admit that I did this one year too...sorry mom!)
So, for our third new tradition....the presents will no longer be under the tree until Christmas Eve!
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