For a year or two now we’ve debated about whether or not we should invite the Elf on a Shelf into our home. He seems like a fun, mischievous kind of guy so we know he would fit right in. And this is a house where magical things happen all the time. For example, last St. Patrick’s Day I woke up to discover that a Leprechaun had used my bathroom.
Somehow, though, the Elf just didn’t seem right for us.
For one thing, everybody else is doing it and we have a deep need to march to a slightly different beat.
For another, we’ve already taught our kids that Mama and Daddy have a direct line to Santa and the behavior reports are all up to date so we don’t really need an elf to help us with our North Pole communications.
Most important, though, is that we really want to incorporate traditions into our Christmas that are focused on the birth of Christ and the message of faith, hope and love.
Handsome Hippie Hubby and I are aware that we are as susceptible as anyone to that feeling of wanting more! More! MORE! at Christmastime. We LOVE to decorate and fill the house with delicious treats. We can’t wait for that moment when the kids come tearing down the stairs and see the living room filled with colorful packages and new toys.
While I do see that some valuable lessons can come from the Elf, I can also see how, in our house, he could become a part of the feeding frenzy that we work very hard to keep re-directing toward acts of love and charity toward our neighbors (and I mean HHH and I are working hard on our own hearts and minds, as well as trying to teach our children).
So it was in this mindset that a few days ago I came across this post from Charming Farming about something mysterious that happens with her nativity wisemen and then…
Yesterday… something mysterious happened at our house too…
After band class Sweet Hippie Daughter went out to check the mail and was very excited to find a package on our front porch.
We all gathered around and opened it up and found, inside the pretty box, a card.
Beneath the card, wrapped in some very fancy gold and red tissue paper was a simple little nativity. SHD unwrapped each piece very carefully and set them on the coffee table.
“I can’t find baby Jesus.” She said, and went through the paper several times, looking for him.
“Weird!” we answered. “Well, the card says, ‘let us look for him together,’ so maybe he’s coming in a separate package or something.”
“Maybe so,” she shrugged and set up the figures under the tree.
We didn’t think too much about it but this morning I woke up to find something most unusual!
It would seem that the shepherd led his flock to a snack during the night!
And while Mary, Joseph and the angel seem to be waiting, patiently, in their spot under the tree, the 3 kings appear to literally be searching the house for baby Jesus. They climbed all the way up on top of a photo frame on the wall!
I can’t imagine how they got up there but… you know… they’re wise, so I figure they’ve got a few tricks up their sleeve.
I can’t say for sure but I have a feeling these guys are going to have some lessons to teach my family as, during the season of Advent they wait (Mary and Joseph) and search (the kings) and hope as they go on about the business of life (the shepherd).
I’ll be sure to share the photos on Facebook of where they travel next and what the children think about all this as they figure out what’s going on.
Do you have any unusual Advent/Christmas traditions in your home?
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