Jack In The Box
We have had our Elf on the Shelf for a few years now but this is the first year that the kids have really understood the story and the purpose of the elf. We read the story and named our elf Jack In The Box. Addison was the one that chose the name but the boys agreed so that's what we've named him. Not real sure where she came up with the name thought? The kids are so excited about Jack In The Box and find him every morning then come screaming "Mommy come see Jack In The Box"! We've also used him numerous times during fights, tantrums or bedtime to get the kids to mind. Its worked pretty well so far but we will see how long it last! It also helps having Santa "on call" with a handy little iPhone app :)
The kids playroom Christmas Tree
This is also the first year that we were able to decorate a tree together as a family. I bought special ornaments for each of them and we let them decorate their playroom tree. Most of the ornaments ended up in the same spot but it looked good once we were done.
I have to admit that I'm getting pretty excited about Christmas this year, its something about the joy, excitement, and innocence of a child that makes this time of year such a magical time.