My aunt told me about this idea last year and I never heard of it before, maybe it's just me. There is an elf you can buy and the story is he is Santa's helper and is going to watch and make sure everyone is being good then report back to Santa. You are suppose to move him around every night, so when your children wake up he's in a new spot. When you are a child you believe anything is possible and a cute little elf who runs around and watches you would have seemed like fun to me as a kid.
I was telling Liam about the elf and how Santa was going to send him to our house after Thanksgiving to make sure he's being good. His response was I don't want that elf at my house and if he comes here I will take him and throw him in the garbage. I guess he probably realizes he can't be good for a whole month and still wants toys. Smart kid I tell you. A few days later he decided he was ok with this idea.
I know some people don't believe in telling their kids there is a Santa or Easter bunny because then it is like lying to your children and to each his or her own, but I feel it is all part of the magic that is childhood. When you are a child you believe anything is possible and I think that's a great thing and at times wish I still had that quality. When I was little Santa always wrote me a letter back and would leave me a small gift before Christmas and I remember how excited I was for these things and how magical Christmas always seemed. I also remember being told at night my toys came to life and played together and I always would wish that I could see them and would try to catch them playing. I love how children believe that anything can happen and those are some of my best memories as a child. So, I hope this will be a fun new tradition for our family. I'll let you know how it goes.