A Little Christmas Magic

This was originally posted on my now very neglected blog at the beginning of December, 2008. Josh was 5. Since the tradition continues today, I’ve decided to share it with you. Please note… Indy, our black cat, is mentioned. About six months after this was written, Indy went to wait for us at Rainbow Bridge. But the sentence is still valid, because Hobbes has arrived to take over where Indy left off…

Criminy. December already. But ok, I’m off to a running start. I blew it a little yesterday, because I didn’t get the Advent Calendar up…

But I fixed that today, with a little help from a friend. Meet Twinkle:

Twinkle is a very special Elf. He’s one of Santa’s Travelers. You see, with so many kids around, Santa sometimes has trouble keeping track of them all, so he sends Travelling Elves out to watch over some of the better kids – you know, the ones who don’t need direct Santa-Supervision at all times. Each Travelling Elf is assigned to one special child, and he (or she, Santa doesn’t discriminate) arrives at that child’s house on December First, and stays until Christmas. Each night, the Elf – Twinkle, in our case – leaves a note on Josh’s Christmas Ribbon:

And before bed, Josh opens the note for that day, reads it, and follows the clue. Sometimes the note leads to a gift or a treat, and other times the note leads to yet another note… which then leads to the prize. Sometimes the prizes are big, sometimes they’re small. And sometimes they’re chocolate!

After Josh goes to bed, Twinkle leaves, returning to the North Pole to give Santa a full update on Josh, and then returns in the wee hours, so he’s here when Josh wakes in the morning. And he’s always in a different place, so Josh has to find him. Always up high, too, so Indy can’t get him, because everyone knows how much cats LOVE to stalk and pounce on unsuspecting elves. And a half-eaten Twinkle would definitely earn this house a basketful of coal.

It’s wonderful fun.

Twinkle arrived today, announcing his arrival with a scroll in the mailbox.

Josh was beside himself. He opened the scroll and read the first two paragraphs, and then the excitement got the best of him. So I finished reading it to him – and he scampered off my lap and went in search of Twinkle. He eventually found him perched atop the microwave in the kitchen.

I can’t wait to see where he hid the first prize!

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8 Responses to A Little Christmas Magic

  1. SKL says:

    This sounds very cute! But I don’t think I could keep up with it, and that would be worse than not starting it at all. I don’t do advent calendars, either, for the same reason.

    • Laura says:

      The calendar is easy to keep up with, IF you get it taken care of ahead of time (which I didn’t. I’m scrambling right now). There are two ways to do it – my way, and my mom’s way.

      My way is to write up the little notes and hang them on the door. I either do one or two a day, or (this year) write the whole bloomin’ set over the course of a couple of days, and get them done and on the ribbon. I keep a secret list of the gift locations with the gifts. And I pre-wrap the gifts, so they’re ready to go. Then, each night as he’s taking his shower (he spends a good hour in there), I grab one of the gifts and put it where Twinkle has told me to. It’s really pretty simple, after that one big push of writing, wrapping, and record-keeping.

      The other method – my mom’s – is to wrap all the little gifts (for this, use candy canes, little pouches of maybe 2 hershey kisses each, etc), and tie one on each bow. The ribbon hangs on his door, and HE remembers each night to do it. I never have to remember!

      As for Twinkle… I set an alarm on my phone to remind me to help him find a new hiding place each night. And occasionally, he’s in the same place the next day. In that case? He really liked being able to see from that vantage point, so he stayed another day.

  2. Joy says:

    I really love this idea too. What I like about it is that it doesn’t have to be anything extravagant. It’s also nice for them to look forward to them each day. This month is so long for kids and there are presents everywhere and it’s hard for them not being able to open anything. That’s one of the reasons I didn’t put my gifts under the tree until a few days before Christmas. I almost felt it was mean to make them look at them for so long and expect them not to want to open them or be curious. Gosh, I’m curious, think about kids!! LOL!!!

    I always did the advent calenders with the boys too. One year Jason ate all the candy and then thought Christmas would get here faster! LOL!! I still think of it and smile.

  3. Nikki says:

    I’ve always loved this idea, since you told us about Twinkle. I wish I would have thought to do something like this when Bailey was little.

  4. Laura says:

    I’ve actually thought of starting an Etsy shop, and selling them. Coming up with a more religious one for Catholics/Christians who don’t do Santa, but still want a cute and creative Advent Calendar…

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