This isn’t the first year that Elfie has visited us. She visited us once before, and I blogged about her mischievous adventures. At that time, our daughter wasn’t old enough to talk, and we really wanted to give her the opportunity to name Elfie herself. And so our little elf became known simply as Elfie – in line with Baby E’s other animal friends: Fishie, Puppy, Froggy…
This year, Baby E loves Elfie! She wakes up in the morning, and asks me “Where’s Elfie?” and starts the search. And sure enough, she gave Elfie a new name as well: “Elfie Magoo”!
Christmas is one of my husband and I’s favorite times of the year. The decorations, beautiful trees, incredible meals, time with family and friends … I’d actually say it’s my very favorite time of year! Summer time is a close second!
One of our favorite things about Christmas is all of the activities around town. This is even more fun now that we have a little one to share things with. Everything is that much more exciting when seen through the eyes of a child that is experiencing things for the first time!
Both Sidney and Victoria have tons of activities for families during the holiday season. Here are some of our favorites, and a few new ones that we hope to try out this year:
Christmas is only a week and a half away! Time to get in the Christmas spirit with some twinkling lights!
*This post is in response to the Daily Photo Challenge: Twinkle.
~All photos taken by Mandy, © Love You to the Moon
Elfie has the voice of an angel – I can’t believe only bunny turned her chair around!!
Elfie auditioning for The Voice
Looks like Elfie was up late wrapping one last gift for under the tree!
Looks like Elfie was having a little midnight snack – roasting marshmallows over an open fire!
Knowing that my husband & I met on the dance floor, Elfie hoped that she might be able to do the same!
Incredibly, despite Bunny’s inherent talent for bouncing, Elfie pulls ahead in the nightly sack races! Goooo Elfie!!
I love traditions. I love the feeling of familiarity, the anticipation, and the excitement when you know what’s around the corner. We have many traditions as a family, some which began when I was a little girl: wakeboarding and tubing in the summer, staying in a cabin as a family every Labour Day weekend, eating dinner at The Keg every time my Aunt and Uncle come to visit, and many more. But some of my very favorite traditions happen at one of my favorite times of year – Christmas.
I remember being a little girl and looking forward to Christmas time so much. My Aunt would come and visit for a week, and every night we would play board games and card games after dinner. On Christmas morning, we always teased her about waking up earlier to open gifts together – one morning, we even tossed rocks at her window to wake her up! We would receive a new pair of Christmas PJs and tree ornament each year, a book from my grandfather … and we would have cod fish cakes on Christmas morning! That was one of my Mom’s traditions when she was little … and unfortunately, we never really took to it!! One year, my Dad decided to start a new tradition of waffles, sausages, and bacon. Now there’s a breakfast tradition that I can get behind (sorry Mom!). Over the Christmas holidays we would decorate the tree as a family, make homemade Christmas cards for our friends and family, and for the past few years, celebrate Christmas Eve with the famous Seafood Dinner! The reason I look forward to Christmas time so much each year is because of these traditions – these shared memories and experiences with my family, and the promise of many more to come.