Big news around the Groblebe house. We’ve adopted an elf! A boy elf to be exact. He’s thin and tall (for an elf) with brown eyes and brown hair. His name is Erik. It was going to be Chester or Frisbee or Nutsy….and then the kids decided on Erik. (Go figure.)
The kids LOVE him! I have resisted the whole “Elf on the Shelf” adoption for a few years now. Not because I didn’t like the idea, but because (for once) I thought we had enough traditions and the idea of taking care of a little elf for 25 days just sounded like more responsibility than I needed to add to my plate.
Now that we’ve made the plunge…I couldn’t be happier! We are making great memories with the kids and let’s just say that Travis is way more excited about adopting Erik tha thought he would be. (Almost more than me!)
Usually, I’m crazy excited about decorating for Christmas. This year, while I was excited about the Christmas season as a whole, decorating sounded like, well, like a lot of work. I was excited for the finished product but not that thrilled about the amount of time it was going to take. I promised the kids we’d put up the tree Thanksgiving weekend and well, it didn’t happen.
Monday rolled around and again I PROMISED it would be ready to decorate when they got home from school. Kids get home about 4:30pm on school days. On this particular day, it was right about 4:27pm before the tree was ready and waiting to be decorated.
For once, I left it up to them. I didn’t organize or tell them how to do it or where to put anything. I just let them hang ornaments to their heart’s content. Sure there are a few spots that are a bit heavy on the decorating (especially at about 2 year old height) and a few other spots that are bare – but all in all, it’s fantastic.
At our house, Jesus really is the reason for the season. We read the “real” Christmas story, work on our advent poster each night and talk about how Jesus was born a little tiny baby in Bethlehem so many years ago. We remember that God sent His only son to the world to save us. That by walking daily with Jesus, our lives will never be the same. That it’s Jesus that makes our house a home and the people in it a family.
This year for Christmas, I hope you and your family enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas. Look for your elf, write letters to Santa, bake cookies, shop for gifts and decorate your brains out.
But at the end of the day, my wish for you is that you realize the REAL joy of the season. It’s Jesus….nothing more.