Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Prairie Tradition No. 2...



can you believe christmas is next weekend?!?

before it has come and gone i wanted to share another little tradition that brings magic into our home...

december first arrives along with our house elf...

now i'm not talking the scary elf on the shelf kind of thing...{they give my kids nightmares...}

just a little elf named tinsel who flies down from the north pole on her reindeer cookie crumble to keep watch over my wild prairie children and make sure they behave...

we will find little notes tucked among the branches of our tree, or maybe one or two cookies missing while we've been away...

she really helps keep things somewhat calm, the kids know santa has a hard time keeping an eye on all the children so he sends a little elf to keep watch...

what new or old traditions brings a little christmas magic into your home??




18 comments:

Farmgirl Paints said...

Oh that sounds like fun. We don't do anything like that. The one thing that causes a stir of excitement is the morning we all pile into the car in our jammies and get donuts. Does that count:)??

Blondie's Journal said...

What a great idea! Our tradition involved driving around the neighborhood in our jammies looking at all the homes with Christmas lights!

Happy Holidays! :-)

XO,
Jane

Julie Harward said...

We always had a little elf in our house..it really does help! LOL Come say hi :D

slommler said...

We (as grandpa and grandma) pull up in our van loaded with Christmas presents. Everyone piles out of the house...so excited! Then everyone carries them in and places them around the tree. We sing carols and have some eggnog. Then the little ones go off to bed. But they aren't so little anymore. But they still are excited to have Christmas morning come quickly!! Ha!
Hugs
SueAnn

Sarah Elizabeth said...

That sounds like so much fun. What a lovely (and useful!) idea x x

trash talk said...

I wonder if Tinsel could work on a grumpy old man? May just have to give her a call.
Debbie

from me to thee......... said...

your prairie home is beautiful, love the gate, fence, house everything, simple beauty.....smiles, Linda

It's Just Me said...

Ah Kristin that is such a cute tradition. Ours is, every Christmas Eve, usually while my youngest daughter is taking a bath, there would be sleigh bells and a knock at the door. She will run to the door and her Christmas PJ's lay there with a note from Santa. She puts her PJ's on, along with her coat, and go out and put reindeer food on the lawn. She looks forward to her Christmas PJ's specially delivered from Santa. Happy Holidays ~ Deanna

chickie said...

Such a wonderful way to have a tradition.Kids are amazing.Christmas time is so much fun when kids are waiting the arrival of Santa to come.It was so nice for you to take the time to share your family's tradition....Chickie

Janean said...

i adore fun traditions, but after a couple of sad years we decided no traditions. Instead we became more Christ-focused. He doesn't move far away, die, join a *new* family, nor get upset. He's the One Constant in Christmas....it's made all the difference. but, i still think your tradition is wonderful, especially for the children!!! :)

Weston, Sarah, and family said...

Kristen,

That is a clever idea. We have elves, but they just happen to show up at the window on the brink of a fight. (Gotta nip it in the bud).
Your house looks so darn stinkin' vintage. I love your style. We need to get together sometime.
Sarah

michelle said...

That is so cute and a great idea! The elf on the shelf give me the willies too!! :) The kids can use their imaginations, and still see little hints of her! She sounds like a clever and beautiful little elf! :)

Sherri said...

What a cute idea Kristin!! I wish I had thought of that when my girls were younger! They do still talk about the tooth fairy leaving a little silver glitter on their pillows and the window sill!

hometown girl said...

that's sweet! my aunt and uncle bought an advent house and each year they send the kids gifts for it, it's so sweet! enjoy the weekend!! susan

MODERN Prairie Girl said...

We also do the driving around to look at lights in our jammies and car packed with cookies and Martinelli's.
Love that image of your house...what kind of camera did you shoot with? Or is a PS thing?

Come check out my new digs, Kristin! I finally transformed the blog into a site...oh, my goodness..it took so long, but finally done!

Merry Christmas!
Lara

chrissy said...

Kristen...
I needed that elf in my home this season. What a wonderful tradition. My mom collected huge old antique sleigh bells and ever since I was a little girl..on Christmas eve we would take the beautiful bells off the wall and after reading Luke 2 we would all line up oldest to youngest..grandmas too..and "jingle" everyone to bed. This was done by singing.."dashing through the snow in a one horse open sleigh....." as we followed my dad throughout the house to everyones rooms. Oh how I LOVED the deep sound of those sleigh bells. Gratefully each of us got our own set of old bells and now We jingle our children to bed on christmas eve.
Thanks so much for asking...This warmed my heart to think back on all those years!

Xo
Chrissy

freckled laundry said...

What a sweet tradition, kristin! I have a little Annalee elf (equally as creepy as Elf on the Shelf but I love it) with tinsel balls on his shoes and I may have to adopt this tradition. I sprinkle "Santa dust" (glitter) on the fireplace hearth so that Jaden knows that Santa's been there. It's the first think that he looks for in the morning. Is that the front of your home in the photo? It looks SO inviting and vintage. Oh, I love it.

Hugs,
Jami

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Oh how sweet. I've seen elves on several Scandinavian blogs too. They're so cute. I recently posted about how we wrap our tree outside like a candy cane, a tradition started on our block when I was a child.
Have a wonderful Christmas!
Blessings,
Marcia

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