IF we had an elf on a shelf, he and the tooth fairy would have the most compatibly irresponsible relationship ;)
Over the years, we've developed our own twist (evolving even more from our tradition HERE).
Monday night, we kicked off our month with a lesson on the true meaning of love in this holiday season. We drew names and our "secret service Elf" fun began.
Each has a family member to sneak around performing little acts of service for. The Christmas season is filled with thinking about ways to surprise that person with a culminating gift exchange reveal on the night of Christmas Eve.
It makes Christmas Eve hold a pretty special feeling just a little different from Christmas Day as everyone anxiously awaits the giving of a gift they put some deep thought into ... and maybe a little muscle to earn an extra dollar for ;)
Every face lights up when they discover something special done just for them.
Every face lights up in secret pleasure to have been the cause of that excitement.
Cute notes get left for the finding. Like this one left on my made bed one morning before I'd had time to get to it. Funny thing is ... they may or may not have been made by the Elf themselves.
These kids are tricky to not get discovered.
The secret service Elf leaves a Hershey Kiss as his signature.
Man o man, is there always a little excitement about that!
Charlotte's eyes just glittered when she found her Elf had left her folded pjs and blanket out ready for bedtime.
There's a certain little girl who is most contagious with the excitement:
And I just love all the little acts of more love happening in the true spirit of giving.