This is also the first year we are going to incorporate some traditions into our holiday season. Mom started a great one with them when they were born where she takes them to the store to pick out an ornament. The first year they got baby's first Christmas ones. She keeps them in a box separate and when they are older and have their own trees they can take the box with them. Each ornament represents a time in their life and I think that is so special. Ryleigh has already said she wants a my little pony one for this year and Tanner wants a guitar one. Good luck finding those mom!
I wrapped the box up and put it outside last night and then told them I thought someone was at the door. They ran to the door and were so excited to see a "Special Delivery from the North Pole" addressed to them! We then read the book and set him on the mantel. You're suppose to name the elf and record it in the book along with the year you started the tradition. Ryleigh named our elf "Scout the Window." "Scout" because she heard him referred to as a Scout Elf in the book and "The Window" because she said he needed a last name.
They were really excited to wake up this morning and find where he had moved to. I also got a kick out of finding different hiding places.
I hope these are traditions that stick with us for years. Although I love the holiday season and all the craziness that comes along with it I think it's important to sit back and remember why we really celebrate Christmas.
As Ryleigh said the other night "It sure is nice of Jesus to let us get presents on his birthday!"