Saturday, December 1, 2012

Where's the Elf Thing?

Traditions are important in our house. Especially Christmas traditions. That's why I put up so many Christmas decorations throughout our home - we're living our traditions.

Two days ago, our son Brock said in that emphatic voice he has, "Where's the Elf Thing?" He knew it was almost December and his mom was a bit - no, A LOT - late in getting the Christmas decorations out.

What is the Elf Thing, you ask.


Here it is:




My husband went on a mission trip to Denmark when our boys were very young (Brock was a babe in arms). The Denmark tradition is that homes display one of these calendars and every night in December, the Elf comes to the home and leaves a treat (piece of candy, small toy, coin, etc) in the pocket for the child, helping him/her count down the days until Christmas.

Every year - as long as Brock can remember - we have displayed this Elf Thing in our home and Brock gets a piece of candy every morning.




Yes, bed head is alive and well in our home. ;)



This morning, after Brock took his piece of candy out of the pocket (a Hershey's Cherry Kiss - yum!!!), he looked at me and said, "What happened?" because he was troubled by the fact that the Elf Thing no longer hung straight. LOL!

Because we love the tradition of our Elf Thing, I also love stamps with elves on them, including the Whipper Snapper stamp in today's card.



Do you suppose he's the one who put the candy in the Elf Thing for Brock???




Here's the inside:



Whatever your traditions are, I hope you will enjoy your countdown to Christmas at least almost as much as Brock will!


Image: Whipper Snapper Edward Elf
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, and Copic Spica Pen
Cardstock: Paper Company Black and Stampin' UP! Riding Hood Red
Designer Paper: Cloud 9 Seasonal Paper Pad
Embellishment: Hobby Lobby Peppermint Ribbon

11 comments:

April said...

I am positive that elf left the candy! How else would you have known to color him up??

I love tradition! ESPECIALLY at Christmas time! We have a commercial Advent Calendar which I am hoping to replace with a handmade one by the end of this year (better late than never, right?).

Laura said...

How cute is this! I love elves. YOu did an awesome job with this card and image.TFS

Tammy said...

What a wonderful elf you have to leave kisses! Cute card, love the candy-stripped background.

jimlynn said...

Fabulous card Jeanette! Cute, cute card and love the candy cane strips!

I'm thinking that Brock is maybe a little elf at heart since I know he loves Christmas so much. Very handsome young man and I know he's a joy to have around. I'd probably want one piece of candy every morning whether it was Christmas or not! Wonderful tradition!
Lynn

Carol W said...

Oh my goodness Jeanette...I love your elf thing and I ALWAYS love Brock stories...Your card is amazing...I'm sure that Christmas is really fun at your house...♥♥♥

MaxineD said...

Oh Jeanette what a lovely tradition - and such a great way for Brock to know all is well with his world!!
Great card too - and perfectly coloured!
Blessings
Maxine

Barb said...

Love the pictures of Brock.....bed-head and all!

And, love the Whipper Snapper card--it looks great in person too!

Darlene said...

Like! Like! Like!
That was me hitting the Like link! Love the card too! Hope that you straightened up the Elf Thing. What a wonderful tradition!

kadie said...

What a fun tradition!! I can't wait to do something similar with my own kiddos.
And another adorable card too! He looks like the perfect Elf to deliver treats leading up to Christmas!

:: BlueInks :: said...

Adorable! I love that Elf Thing and how Brock looks forward to it.

Your card is so cute. He is just the person to leave the candy!

Heather B said...

I love tradition too. We have a few in our house.