Part of me wishes that I would have come up with the Elf on the Shelf. I mean, how genius is this thing for kids?! The other part of me sort of curses the elf because he does require a little more work than I expected – moving every night, telling the story, and the constant “Your elf is watching you and telling Santa.” Last year, we got away with not doing so much because Jackson was too young to really know what was going on, he just liked the little elf sitting on our mantle and the coordinating nightlight in his room. This year, however, is completely different and we’ve got to step things up!
Last year, I talked about our new elf breakfast tradition and over the weekend I started prepping for this year’s breakfast, which we’ll be doing the first weekend in December. I’m hoping to have started decorating our house by then, so things will be looking festive around here, but I’m also using the elf breakfast as inspiration for decorating our dining room. I love the idea of doing some ornaments or snowflakes on our dining room chandelier, along with some greens, for the holidays. I also plan to do a fun table setting with a letter from our elf, who I hear will also be bringing some new Christmas books for Jackson.
As far as food goes, I want to do a big brunch and my first stop for recipes is always The Homesick Texan. I’m thinking of making migas, green chile eggs or pecan lime french toast casserole and adding some fun “elfy” elements with hot chocolate, powdered donut “snowball” towers, “elf hats” made with bananas and strawberries and some cookies (and possibly some peppermint bark, which I love).
I’ll do a little follow up post after we do our breakfast, so you can see how it turns out – wish me luck!
Table Setting image + Chandelier with ornaments image // The Homesick Texan Cookbook // Snowball Donut Tower image // Elf Advent Calendar // Christmas books: Frosty the Snowman, An Otis Christmas, It’s Christmas, David, Llama Llama Holiday Drama
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