I love setting up for Christmas. This year was Oliver's first year helping us. My friend Lindsay told me about The Elf on a Shelf and how her daughter loves it. I thought it would be a great tradition to start with Oliver. While Oliver was eating dinner, we told him that after he finished his food, we were going to get a visitor at the door. He was SO excited he started to shake and had the biggest grin on his face. He didn't know how to control himself and Luke and I just laughed. When the doorbell rang, we let Oliver open to door to see our new visitor.
Luke and Oliver decided to name our elf, Monte.
Once we read the book and Monte was settled in his spot for the night, we popped in The Grinch (the traditional Christmas set up movie) and set up Christmas. I'm in charge of fluffing the tree and once that's complete the boys can help.
When I was younger I loved being the one who got to crown the top of the tree with the star. My dad would always hoist me on his shoulders and let me put the start up. This year, Oliver got to do just that with his dad. I loved it.
Something else that was new this year was Oliver getting his very own tree in his room which he also loved. He helped decorate it.
I think his tree may need a few lights to brighten it up a bit, but other than that, he did a fantastic job.
Oliver also discovered some pretty awesome new socks....err stockings. He was sporting these around for the rest of the night.
Now that everything is set up for Christmas, It's time to party.