Elfcapades 2014: The final days
Day 25 (Tuesday), we went downstairs to find a helpful reminder from Elfis that we needed to bake cookies for Santa. He had everything ready for us – a bowl, cookie mix (pre-made, the easy kind, just how we like it!), sprinkles and colored frosting.
Luckily for us, Elfis moved out of the bowl during the day, and we were able to dig right in when the boys came home from school. We had a lot of fun making those cookies. And even more fun tasting them!
Day 26 (Wednesday), was Christmas Eve. Elfis was a tricky one to find on that last morning. Cooper finally tracked him down and found him in Cooper’s stocking. With a note!
Cooper quickly snatched up the note and asked me to read it. Here’s what it said:
Today is Christmas Eve! I had a lot of fun here at your house, but now it’s time fo rme to go back to the North Pole and help Santa deliver the presents.
Do not worry. Santa knows you have been good mostly.
Guess what? Santa has lifted my magic for today only. I would really like a hug and kiss goodbye before I leave. I will miss you!
Of course, Cooper was thrilled! He asked me three times how Santa could lift his magic, and was it really ok to touch Elfis. I told him yes, but we had to be very gentle and that we just got to say good bye, not play with him all day. So, the boys took turns saying their goodbyes. They both hugged and kissed their little elf buddy, and reluctantly let me put him back in the stocking where we found him. We had planned to hug & kiss him one more time that night before bed, but we got home too late and forgot all about it. So, that was the final goodbye.
Christmas morning we slept in until 7am when Bennett woke us up. I couldn’t believe we were so lucky to get so much sleep! But, again, we were up very late Christmas Eve, so these normal bright-eyed little boys were quite a bit sleepy Christmas morning. I went in to wake up Cooper and it took three minutes of me sprawled on top of him, chanting “Merry Christmas!” over and over before he finally woke up!
We headed downstairs to see if Santa came, and we were not disappointed!
Bennett found Elfis’ signature goodbye note – a portrait of himself, saying he’ll see us next year. Then we dug in. First, we tore through our stockings, then went to the tree and ripped open everything we had out there as well. The kids, as usual, were eager to open, open, open. Cooper is able to read his name, and quickly grabbed up as many presents as he could. We had to slow him down a bit. Everybody was pretty happy with their loot, it seems.
Merry Christmas from us to you!