Today I took Kory to a Christmas party at our local community centre.
It cost us just 50p each to attend (so £1 in total for us both!) And this included a raffle ticket for the chance to win a hamper filled with goodies and 1 of 3 other prizes, a visit to see Santa in his grotto, a present (which was a Christmas book) pop, crisps and chocolate, music and entertainment.
Kory was a bit unsure about stepping into Santa’s grotto, he needed a bit of encouragement from me and Santa’s elf and even once we finally got him to step inside the grotto, he still didn’t want to sit with Santa. But because he’s been such a good boy this year, Santa still gave him a present anyway. Kory couldn’t wait to open his present and was really pleased when he seen that it was a Christmas book all about an elf, he was so excited, he said ‘mummy, look elf!’ So much so that I think will this probably end up being our bedtime story tonight!
The party lasted for an hour and a half and during that time all of the children were kept entertained by the entertainer who I think did a brilliant job! He played games with the children, (musical statues, pass the parcel, ect) he gave out prizes to the children for the best dancer, who was the best at standing still and so on. He also brought out Batman, Captain America, Spider-Man, The Teletubbies, pj masks, lol dolls and even Elf on the Shelf who would all wave at the children, dance with them and who were all available for the children to have their picture taken with if they wanted to.
I don’t know about you but for £1 I think that’s pretty amazing! The book that Kory got from Santa was worth a £1 by itself! I almost felt like I needed to give more money because of how much was put into the Christmas party and a £1 just didn’t seem anywhere near enough.
It is so worth checking out to see if there is anything that is being put on in your own local area by the community. Christmas can be such an expensive time of the year but it doesn’t have to be… As you can see.
We didn’t win the raffle but Kory had a great time and I’m sure all of the other children did too! Thanks for reading!
If you’re like me and you turn into a little bit of a Christmas fairy at this time of the year, you’re someone who loves to go all out on everything every year, the food, the decorations, the gifts, ect, someone who just loves Christmas and everything about it then you may find it hard to understand or relate to but there are some people out there that don’t look forward to Christmas, they don’t enjoy the season, in fact they dread it every year and they struggle to get into the Christmas spirit.
I love Christmas, I really do but I can understand why some people aren’t exactly jumping for joy when Christmas comes around… Let’s be honest, Christmas puts us all under a lot stress and pressure. For some people who don’t have family, Christmas can be a lonely time of the year. For some people who have money struggles, Christmas expectations can be a big worry. So to try and help those feel fun and festive in the run up to the big day, I have compiled a list of heart-warming things that always get me in the Christmas spirit for you to navigate your way through.
- Christmas movies. Curling up on the couch under a blanket with a bowl of popcorn just watching Christmas movies always gets me feeling all Christmassy! Why not watch a different Christmas movie for every night of December? Here are a few of my favourites:
- Home alone
- Jingle all the way
- The grinch
- Jack Frost
- Miracle on 34th street
- A Christmas carol
- I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus
- Love actually
- Christmas music. Listening to Christmas music while decorating the Christmas tree or baking some Christmas cookies makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Can’t go wrong with a bit of Michael Bublé and Mariah Carey!
- The Christmas tree. Putting up and decorating the christmas tree is an early Christmas activity you can do with your whole family. I love putting my Christmas tree up, once it’s up it becomes a daily reminder of Father Christmas’ long awaited arrival! Don’t forget to listen to that Christmas music I mentioned earlier while you decorate your tree for the ultimate Christmas feels.
- Write your letter to Father Christmas. It’s a great way to get the little ones even more excited about Christmas as you wait for his reply. No one experiences the magic of Christmas more than children do, so seeing this holiday through their eyes will make it more special for you too.
- Elf on the shelf. If you have little ones (or even if you don’t!) Elf on the Shelf is a great way to count down to Christmas Day while having fun coming up with different ideas daily for your elf.
- Christmas shopping. Okay, Christmas shopping can be a lovely experience but it can also be daunting. If you’re gift giving, have a look around online first see what deals you can find before you head to the shops. Also to save yourself the stress of Christmas shopping, plan what you want to buy and start buying small gifts early.
- Read. Read a classic Christmas book to your child. I read a different Christmas book each night to Kory starting on the first night of December leading up to Christmas Eve. Reading is the best way to get into the world of Christmas for us both, Kory loves being read to and really gets sucked in by the stories.
- Baking. I love baking but there’s something about baking festive recipes that I just love that bit more. I love the smells and all the different decorations. Why not try decorating a gingerbread house or making some Christmas cookies? This is a delicious way for you to get into the spirit of things.
- Events. Check your local area for any events that might be taking place nearby. Some of them might even be free and don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg! Here are some to look out for:
- Christmas lights. Whether that be attending a Christmas light switch on near you or even just driving around at night to admire the Christmas lights and decorations.
- Meet Santa. Take the little ones to meet the big man himself!
- Christmas fairs, Christmas markets, public movies and carols.
- Treat yo’ self. And last but not least, just try to enjoy Christmas, don’t be so hard on yourself and don’t put yourself under any unnecessary stress. Instead of worrying about all of the things that you have to do, like those 20+ gifts that you still have to buy, try and remember that Christmas isn’t just about presents. It’s about helping others, celebrating with loved ones and feeling joyful. So don’t worry about those gifts you still have to buy, instead think of it this way. I am so lucky to have so many loved ones in my life! Christmas is a time to be enjoyed and everyone should be able to enjoy this time of the year.
This is our first year taking part in the Elf on the Shelf. Meet our elf, Buddy!
On the 1st of December Buddy made his first appearance. He had left advent calendars for us and a note to Kory explaining who he is, where he’s from and why he’s here. (Basically he’s one of Santa’s elves and Santa has sent him to come stay with us so that him and Kory can have lots of festive fun together and he can also use his magic to go back to The North Pole each night to tell Santa whether Kory has been naughty or nice.) Having never done this before, I thought we were off to a pretty good start!
Today, we went downstairs to see that Buddy had been making snow angels!
It’s only day 2 and I’m already running out of ideas of what to do next with this elf! So after looking online, I came across lots of great Elf on the Shelf ideas that I thought I’d share with you. 24 elf ideas to be exact, so that if you too are taking part in the Elf on the Shelf this year, you won’t be stuck like I was!
- Place a piece of paper next to your elf that reads ‘can you find all 12 candy canes?’ And then hide candy canes around the house for your child to find.
- Leave notes/letters from your elf for your child to read. There are lots of free printables online or you could choose to write your own. (Certificate, Arrival letter, goodbye letter, ect.)
- Place your elf on the couch with the remote and a bowl of popcorn.
- If you have a dog, put your elf next to the dogs bowl, make it look like he’s been eating the biscuits and leave a note saying ‘worst cookies ever! Do not leave out for Santa!’ Lol
- Start a jigsaw, leave it unfinished and sit your elf beside it. Encourage your child to help finish the puzzle.
- Put your elf inside a glass with a card that reads ‘HELP.’
- Leave a gingerbread house kit with your elf and a piece of paper that reads ‘do you want to build a gingerbread house?’
- Leave a packet of reindeer food with your elf for your child to use.
- Place your elf next to everything you need to make Christmas cards and a note that reads ‘Let’s make Christmas cards.’
- Leave a colouring book or some colouring pages and crayons with your elf.
- Place a treat (donut, lolly, chocolate, ect) on a plate in front of your elf and a note that reads ‘I made this for you, Santa said you have been good. Keep it up!’
- Cover your elf in stickers and leave a note beside it saying. ‘Stickers are fun!’
- Stuff your elf inside a glass jar and write a letter that says ‘I have stuffed myself in this tight spot so you can carry me around for the day. Don’t pop the lid because I will fall out and lose my magic. I am excited to see what you show me today.’
- Place an open book in front of your elf, what have they been reading?
- Leave your elf in front of your child’s packed lunch with a note that reads ‘I made you lunch.’
- Leave a baking kit besides your elf with a note that reads ‘do you wanna bake some _____.’
- Let your elf present a new book you’ve bought for your child to them by leaving the book beside the elf with a note that reads ‘I’ve bought a book for you!’
- Put your elf on the back of a toy dinosaur.
- Stick wrapping paper and cello tape over your elf, make it look like they’ve been wrapping presents for Santa.
- Put your elf on strike for bad behaviour.
- Make it look like your elf is trying to climb up the Christmas tree.
- Put your elf on the potty!
- Put your elf inside a toilet roll tube and roll them down the stairs.
- Set up an ‘elf car wash’ by placing lots of toy cars in front of your elf and a sponge.
Are you taking part in the Elf on the Shelf this year? Are you a first timer like myself? I hope you find these Elf on the Shelf ideas to be helpful… What has your elf been up to?