Hi Ho, The Merry-O, the Elves are Waking Up ๐ŸŽถ

…Me and E.J., however. Both perfectly content to sleep peacefully through this continued rainy cold as long as we’re allowed. Taking breaks every now and then for baffs, snacks and some covert online Christmas shopping. ๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ

So, it’s December 2nd which means this *should* be the second day our elves are in full effect. I’ve been telling my daughter all year that they will “wake up on December 1st”.

Your typical, garden variety elves go away and hide somewhere like the North Pole or the Bahamas after Christmas is over. Since I don’t like the risk that comes along with stashing them away and being found at some point in the year when they were ‘sposeda be off with Santa, the girlchild puts on her mittens so as not to disturb their obvious magic. And wraps them in Christmas paper to sleep the year away in the storage closet. She can spy on them…but no touchy.

There was a local mom who was making up kits that included activities and supplies to keep your elves busy all month long. I didn’t make the order deadline but I saw that she included three sick day passes for your family elf. A Hail Mary for parents who just ‘need a sec’. It gave me an idea. And our elves phoned it in for yesterday. Dang Elf Flu…

Last year, we had a horrible elfish home accident where human hands came in contact with Elf #1. In tears, she picked it up with salad “twongs” and laid it carefully aside on a countertop and surrounded it in a morbid sort of pyre of pure cinnamon. Like a chalk outline for elves struck down heroically in the line of duty. Thankfully, she’d learned about this spell online and Elf #1 was able to return to full action after an overnight rejuvenation.

The trees are up and, thanks to all my kids, Christmas spread through the house as per our family tradition back on Veteran’s Day. Everett and I will be resting until our Lego gingerbread house and reindeer arrive. And I’ve got some research to do to figure out just how well that cinnamon trick works on humans. It’s worth a try!

Be well, Friends

32 thoughts on “Hi Ho, The Merry-O, the Elves are Waking Up ๐ŸŽถ

  1. How exciting!! Itty bitty new humans love the lights and ornaments of Christmas and it puts the magic back in us old(er) humans too!
    I’m waiting for a pic of you & itty bitty lying down under the tree. I still love that view, looking up through the branches…
    You just made my day with this post Sam! I’m very happy and very excited for you & your family๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’๐ŸŽ„

    1. I knooo, I keep Christmas lights up in the playroom year round for just that reason, so comforting ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค— The baby’s mama n dad have a lil tree in their ‘apartment’ in the house and he’s been pretty peaceful laying in the glow at night. I hope to make him just as obsessed with Christmas and Halloween as I am! Thank you so much!

  2. Where hve you been โ€ฆ.or am I just behind.

    1. Haha, no you’re not. I haven’t been able to post much since summer.

  3. Sam, that photo of both of you asleep is adorable! Itโ€™s so good to see you back blogging. We never really did the elf on a shelf with my kids so I canโ€™t even begin to imagine how stressful it isโ€ฆbut I LOVE the creativity that you pour into the elves! And to know the trick to heal them? Great thinking on some creative parentโ€™s part! Perhaps some cinnamon cookies will help to revive you! Whenโ€™s baking time at your home? I seem to remember you doing all sorts of baking around the holidaysโ€ฆeven maybe hot cinnamon buns perhaps will help to revive you?
    Hereโ€™s to hopingโ€ฆand just a note to say itโ€™s good to see you again on the blog! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Omagosh cinnabunns! I can’t have them anymore but they are one of my many sweets weaknesses. Yes! We baked a lot in the fall last year but this year around halloween I only had energy for our chocolate dipped pretzel pumpkins, so…not exactly American Baking Championship ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚! We will do snowman cupcakes and peppermint ornaments as soon as we get a chance. BUT I did make rhubarb pie from scratch earlier this year out of rhubarb from a friends garden! I’d never had rhubarb before and didn’t even know which parts to eat so I had to look it all up, lol. Thank you so much, Janie. Hopefully I will continue to be able to post ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜ฃ

      1. Iโ€™m sorry you canโ€™t have the cinnabunns anymore, but I love that you baked a pie! Iโ€™ve never even tasted rhubarb so Iโ€™m impressed! What does rhubarb taste like? Sweet?
        Youโ€™re my baking hero! I hope you and your family have a lovely baking extravaganza for December! Take it easyโ€ฆtake care of you Sam. Sending you hugs. Glad to hear from you! โ™ฅ

        1. So…Ive always heard it was bitter and I really couldn’t understand how until I ate some and read how much sugar is needed to balance it out! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ So…bitter, and sugary and with graham cracker crust it’s crunchy too which is always my favorite. I made it in snack bar form and not really pie, per se so it was nice and thin!

          You as well, Janie!!

          1. Thanks for the rhubarb update Sam. I had no idea. Glad you could balance the bitter with sugar! ๐Ÿ™‚ Sounds delish! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Welcome back ! Love the collage ๐Ÿคฉ

    1. Thank you, Bonnie! I didn’t realize exactly how much ‘elf’ we had going on around here till I went to combine the pics ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  5. Thatโ€™s just way more elf rules than I imagined existed! Kind of relieved I have exited the role of Mayor of Christmas magic My guys left Christmastown before the Elf on the Shelf showed up. May you all know the miracle of cinnamon healing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. I like to imagine it would heal everything! I know, and with her darned ‘interwebs’ research, I’m always finding out new rules. They are gonna do Christmas origami tonight while she’s sleeping ๐Ÿ˜‚

  6. Itโ€™s great to see you back again. Iโ€™ve never been real creative with holiday stuff. Well, maybe I am just with the lights. Those sleepy time snuggles are the best. Enjoy.

    1. Ooooo goodness that sleeping little babe!!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ so cute!

      1. He’s a little Schmoopie…does *NOT* want to be put down evva! ๐Ÿ˜ฃ

        1. I think you should refuse to put him down even if he wants it!! Itโ€™s your god given right as his grandpa lol

    2. Hi there, thank you! I’m really not either but we have our own “off brand” traditions that we stick to that are comforting. Right now, he and I are a good match with the sleepies. Not sure what I’ll do when he starts runnin around next year!

  7. Sam! I’ve missed your presence. Welcome back. A new little one has come into your family – congratulations. Enjoy. Christmas time is so magical. I have just finished bringing the elves and reindeer out of hibernation. The tree goes up closer to Christmas eve. Our Finnish tradition. We have no pitter patter of little ones around our house anymore. Just me, my fur baby and the grumpy old man.

    1. Aw thanks! I’m trying my level best to soak everything in and be at peace the best I’m able. I like to enjoy my trees for a while since, by like January 10 I’m usually over it and tear everything down ๐Ÿ˜‚ So…November is perfect! I didn’t get any new decorations this year for once but we are hoping for a pretty cool Christmas Lego display within the next week!

      1. Awesome. We are Lego lovers here. A couple of years a go my son gave me very own first ever Lego Technic โ€“ WALL-E โ€“ and then spent three days very patiently teaching me how to construct it ๐Ÿ˜‚ One of the coolest ever gifts ๐Ÿ’–

  8. Love the sleeping baby with you! So utterly adorable. I’m going to go out on a limb and say even with the baby around, you have boat loads more energy than I do.

    1. I think he’s started where he gets tired as soon as he even sees me since I’m the nap chaperone all the time ๐Ÿ˜‚

      I’m not sure about that these days….ain’t what I used to be!

      1. Nap chaperone! Love it! It is so perfect for you.

        1. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ My new role in life!

  9. This is hilarious, and that baby is adorbs!

    1. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ So far there have been no elf tragedies here on their second whole day of work ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

      Thank you, he’s as easy going as it gets so far!

  10. Between the cinnamon cpr and the “twongs”, I have sufficiently had my giggles for the day. Then you threw in a dash of baby sweetness and now, I shall go to bed and have magical dreams of snuggly babies and holiday magic. โค

    1. Lolling @ Cinnamon CPR ๐Ÿ˜‚

  11. Baby ๐Ÿ‘ถ ๐Ÿผโค๏ธ. Heโ€™s just too sweet for words.

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