Do you THINK we don't hear about all of the wonderful mischief you have concocted?
Your pranks are filling up Pinterest, your "children" are bragging at school.
Meanwhile, I am scrambling around in all of the buckets in my garage for any sign of you.
Panic is setting in as I am remembering that you were last spotted
in Colorado last year as we spent the week out there....
At least I am thinking you graced our presence there!
but I really am not sure.
And I am remembering you weren't that REGULAR easy to find ELF-is
(the name my daughter continues to call you, in her letters, on notes by her bed)....
So I ask, WHY on a holiday FILLED with plenty to do,
do we pack on another thing to coordinate?
Yes I know, he does it all himself! But hey! He DOES NOT CLEAN UP!
Parents need the ELF THAT DOES GOOD DEEDS AROUND THE HOUSE
fueled by KIDS WITH HUGE HEARTS AND APPRECIATION for
what PARENTS do!
And at Christmas, the time we should be remembering Jesus,
we have a TREE to get and decorate (I have to say it is my favorite thing!)
Does the Christmas tree have anything to do with Jesus?
And then there is that dude, Santa~
who really has little to do with the reason for the season~
and possibly evolved from Father Christmas riding a goat!
But hey! real or not, he is everywhere! even in my brownies!
and NOW A DANG ELF that eats my boxes and spills cereal,
who is missed because he is NOT destroying the laundry room,
not squirting toothpaste everywhere, not playing in the potty.
So I thought~ should I dig into the stories behind these things?
Come to find out~ as A LOVER OF THE BROWN LIQUID THAT CLOGS
MY ARTERIES~ COCA COLA is behind the creation of the
American SANTA CLAUSE.
and the Christmas Tree?
I have to say this link is written by a biblical scholar, a bit dry in tone but hey!
Who KNEW the tree's message was so varied and so powerful?
The evergreen, that withstood the winter when a child was born in a manger.
The presents beneath are another issue~ isn't the GIFT of LIFE and the gift of time
with family, LIKE ON THANKSGIVING ~ ENOUGH?
As I wrap up this blog post with all of the new knowledge I have about this season
we call Christmas Time~
I am relieved that as new events evolve, new traditions are introduced,
I am reminded that
the most special reason for this season is LOVE~ the GREATEST gift of all...
and with that, the satisfaction of family member's joy as
they open their gifts, as they sip hot cocoa beneath a beautifully decorated tree filled with
hundreds of little mementos that remind us of great times together,
of the rare beautifully thought out cards we still receive from friends near and far,
of the angel trees with wishes still being fulfilled, of the churches singing praises
to our king.
We anticipate the giggles when they open the fridge to find
(hopefully by FRIDAY according to my Amazon.com elf package tracking!)
not only that Christopher Lumpkis or POPKINS
or whatever version of the ELF that we can't find LOCALLY
but his new friend (YES THERE IS A FEMALE ONE NOW)
based on her CREATOR. (an author loves a good success story now~)
all cozied up in the cream cheese.
Move over Rudolph!
Elf on the Shelf even has an event NEXT WEEK
so you can make him a HOUSE
DECEMBER 18 at the library in Crestline!
AND YES there are different KINDS...SOFT, HARD, DIFFERENT BOOKS
and only the children probably know the skinny on THAT~
CHEERS TO NEW TRADITIONS!
AND MAY THE BEST ELF MISCHIEF WIN!
Be sure to share your ELF-IS experiences with me! I would love to post some!
AND REMEMBER~ DECEMBER 25 IS ALL ABOUT ONE THING.....
The rest of the days! are all about the FUN!
And if you want to read a bit about that date, which is really NOT the
guaranteed day of Christ's birth,
find it here~
I will say, according to history, CHRISTMAS IS A GIFT TO OUR ECONOMY~
Maybe the story like THE MIDDLE'S this week where we make gifts and
sit around and sing songs together is not a bad idea AFTER all...
no elf, no tree, no presents, no Christmas cards.
But then, THAT would just be ANOTHER DAY....
I think I will STICK WITH THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE!
Blessings to YOU and your family!
And if you haven't gotten ENOUGH information~
here is a link to an alternative view on CHRISTMAS.
Don't let it cramp your CHRISTmas spirit.