Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Phantom Santa Strikes Again!

It was a fairly quiet evening in the Robert household. Reagan and I were hanging out in the living room while Eric sat with the girls who were splashing around in a sudsy bubble bath. There was nothing particularly special about this warm December night in our little house in our tiny town. But while we were having a perfectly ordinary evening at home, something magical was happening right outside our front door. :)

As Evelyn and Grace were being toweled off and pajamaed, the doorbell rang. Who could be stopping by at this hour...?

Well oh my! A special delivery! 
And an old friend, too. Looks like Moe the elf came riding in on our traditional Christmas PJ's yet again. :)

The girls wasted no time hauling in those presents, haha.

(And yes, I'm wearing flip flops in December. How crazy weird is that?)

This fun little family tradition is one of my very favorites, and if you've been reading this blog for a while, then you know it was started by my mom waaay back in the day. When I was a kid, Santa Claus would knock on our front door and leave a box of candy canes behind right around Christmas time. I will never forget how much fun that was for me, so I totally wanted to continue that with my own kids. Instead of candy canes, we do Christmas pajamas, and we've been visited by a disappearing Santa every year since Evelyn's first Christmas.

Two years ago we added in the "Elf on the Shelf" tradition, too. They really have nothing to do with each other, but it just seemed appropriate that our elf should come at the same time we kick off our family's Christmas traditions. We've established quite a history with our little friend. :) Now the Elf on the Shelf tradition is super popular with lots of families, and we think that's just swell.

I love that Gracie is carrying around a handful of random stuff. She's such a little trinket hoarder, haha. And she sleeps with books. Not cuddly stuffed animals. Books. Has to have one in her arms or she can't fall asleep. Love her!

Anyway, along with the PJ's Santa and Mrs. Claus always leave behind a letter explaining that the special gifts they left are meant to be worn on Christmas Eve. We always read the letter right before the kids open up their presents, so as you might guess, they never pay any attention to that darn letter. Grace was tearing the corner of her box open before we were halfway through. :)

I always wonder how many years it's going to take before Evelyn catches on. I fully suspect that eventually there will come a time when the doorbell rings, she sees the gifts on the front porch, and says, "Our pajamas!" Bet it won't be many more, but for now, she's still completely taken by surprise.

And they always love their gifts! I promise Reagan was very present for all of this, but 1.) He was a little bit fussy so I was holding him, and 2.) I threatened Eric about taking any pictures of me, haha.

It was a great night and another fun family tradition for the memory books. Moe has already been up to some fun stuff for the kids. I'll share his first surprise and their reactions tomorrow. Happy day, friends!


Heather said...

I've been patiently waiting for this post!! Glad Santa didn't disappoint!!

Adrien said...

Haha, he certainly didn't. ;)

sblind2 said...

such a great idea! I went back and forth over getting an Elf on the Shelf ... you see Brody is a night owl and sometimes is still awake in his bed when I go to bed and most days he's still sleeping when I leave, but this year St. Nick is going to bring him Elf on the Shelf and Batman PJ's because I dropped the ball and Wal Mart didn't have Christmas P's. He'll get them on Christmas Eve - when I was little they would always be laying on our beds when we got home from Church =)

Adrien said...

Aw, love that tradition, too!


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