Our Christmas Countdown Traditions

These are not your traditional Christmas traditions, very much modern day!

The Christmas Coca Cola advert officially marks the start of Christmas between my siblings and I, with our annual competition of who saw the advert first! Does anyone else share this one?

Starting with the sound of bells, the voices building, singing ‘holidays are coming’ and then the first sight of the now iconic lit up Coca Cola truck. It’s then a race to be the first to text the others, ‘I’ve seen it!’ No further explanation required.

I love that you can now go and see the Coca Cola Christmas truck as it travels across the UK. http://www.coca-cola.co.uk/stories/history/advertising/keep-on-trucking/#TCC

This year were starting a new tradition! 

Since having a child of school age, we technically start the count down to Christmas from September. As it’s the end of summer, back to school after the holidays and long school terms with over tired children and parents!

In our house some mornings we have to go through a lot of negotiation in order to get our five year old dressed in time for school drop off. Sometimes this will go well and can be full of fun and giggles as we race to see who can get their pants on the fastest!

But when negotiations fall on deaf ears and all other tactics fail, sadly we have to turn to the threat of no toys.

So technically our count down to Christmas begins as we point out that Father Christmas is always watching. Whether it be the main man himself, through cameras in light fittings, or his elves. They get around and (maybe somewhat creepily) will peer in through windows, hide in trees, or fly over at night! It’s harsh but true. Santa and his elves make sure only good children receive presents at Christmas, so they’re always watching!!!

But this year, i’m so excited becuase i’ve just found out about this really fun way to create an exciting build up to Christmas with ‘Elf on a shelf.’

A few weeks ago whilst scrolling through Instagram, I came across some pics on a profile I follow.

The Elf on the Shelf® Tradition, is a special scout elf sent from the North Pole to help Santa Claus manage his naughty and nice lists. When a family adopts a scout elf and gives it a name, the scout elf receives its Christmas magic and can fly to the North Pole each night to tell Santa Claus about all of the day’s adventures. Each morning, the scout elf returns to its family and perches in a different place to watch the fun. Children when they wake up, can race around the house looking for their scout elf each morning.

There are two simple rules when it comes to having a scout elf. First, a scout elf cannot be touched; Christmas magic is very fragile and if a scout elf is touched it may lose that magic and be unable to fly back to the North Pole. Second, a scout elf cannot speak or move while anyone in the house is awake! A scout elf’s job is to watch and listen.

Our elf will arrive on 1st December and the first job will be to give it a name. To help Monroe create a suitable name, we’re going to use an Elf Name Generator like this one!


Obviously you can get totally carried away if you want to and buy outfits for your elf and accessories. I haven’t gone as far as buying our elf a jacket, but I have purchased a a little magic elf door.

Having done a little google search, I came across all sorts, this elf thing is huge and some people get really creative! There are some rather naughty elves out there that seem to get in to trouble with the law and have been caught on camera messing around with Barbie, drunken and very mischevious!

Our elf will be well behaved compared to some of the images i’ve seen! I apologise in advance if I bore you through December with lots of pics on facebook and Instagram of what our elf gets up to whilst staying with us!

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A brief intro about me, i'm a wife and mother of two boys, living a life quite ordinary. I'm learning how to be a school Mum and trying to remember how to look after a toddler. I can't cook, I hate doing a food shop, but love any other kind of shopping oh & I'm trying to get fit again post baby. Read about my journey, as I try and keep the drama and chaos to a minimum and blog about my life and loves!

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