Christmas Amidst Covid Restrictions: Ideas for Making the Holidays Magical

Our family truly LOVES Christmas. We love everything about it: the music, the meals/desserts, the crafts, the decorations, the community events and activities, the time with family, the movies … it is without a doubt our favourite holiday of the year. With all of the current COVID restrictions here in B.C. (and all over the country/world), this Christmas is going to be a bit different than what we are used to. Many of our traditions, such as parades and family gatherings, are not allowed. The past nine months have been very tough (for both adults and children), therefore I am determined to do everything I can to make the holidays magical for my young children.

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Elfie’s Return: Bringing Joy to the family (and maybe just a few tears!)

Our eldest daughter started asking about Elfie’s arrival in early November. By mid-November, we had counted the days until Elfie’s arrival so many times that we decided to make a countdown calendar – for Elfie’s arrival and Christmas day!

Last night, the night of November 30th, our eldest was awake until 11:45pm. She could not stop thinking about Elfie’s return, and even came running out of her room once when she swore she heard Elfie on the roof, and later when thought she saw Elfie’s shadow move across the room!

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Adventures of Elfie 2017

This is rather late … but better late than never I suppose! Right?! I apologize for a Christmas post in February, but I promise I have a good excuse for being so late. We welcomed our second baby in December … and things have been a little, well, busy!! I’m hoping that by publishing these ideas to my blog, perhaps they can help someone next year!

I know that there are mixed feelings about Elf on the Shelf … and I get it. Inviting Elfie (as our daughter named ours) into our house has certainly created a lot of extra work. There was more than one night where I woke up in a panic, having realized that I had forgotten all about Elfie! And now that we’ve signed on … there’s no end in sight! Even the arrival of our second baby in mid-December didn’t offer us a break. Although I must admit that Elfie’s creative poses/activities took a definite hit!!

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Elfie 2016: Week 1

I know that not everyone loves Elf on the Shelf. Some think he/she is a bit creepy, and some just don’t have the time to be posing an elf every night before bed. Both concerns are incredibly valid, and have definitely crossed my mind! We have not taught our daughter any of the backstory about Elf on the Shelf – we just told her that Elfie has magic, and she often comes out to play while we are sleeping!

Every morning Baby E gets up and searches for Elfie. I hear her squeal when she finds Elfie, and she usually has a conversation with Elfie (for example, answering “Thank you Elfie!” to a note Elfie left telling her to have fun at The Nutcracker!) Despite the time it takes each night … I just cannot stop a tradition that brings such genuine happiness and amazement to my daughter’s life!

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Elfie Magoo’s 2015 Adventures: Week 2

Elfie Magoo is still at it, entertaining us with her adventures each morning! Here’s what she got up to this past week:

December 14: We caught Elfie Magoo staying up late trying to finish her Christmas craft, a Popsicle stick snowflake! Baby E and I helped her finish it in the morning.

December 15th: Sneaking in a little workout before bed. Preparing for all those Christmas dinners and treats to come!

December 16th: Coloring is all the rage these days, and can be very relaxing. Even Elfie needs a little stress relief as Christmas draws near!

December 17th: The closer we get to Christmas, the busier things get for Elfie Magoo. Here we caught her sneaking a little nap with a pillow of marshmallows.

December 18th: Looks like Elfie Magoo just hopped out of the bath!

December 19th: Elfie Magoo was swinging from the doorway when we found her this morning!

December 20th: What a crafter! This morning we found Elfie Magoo cutting out paper snowflakes to decorate our house!

Baby E continues to love the search for Elfie Magoo every morning! We love finding out what Elfie has been up to!