That out of the way I turned my attention to Christmas decorations. This year will be my first Christmas living with OH, and my first Christmas in years spent in my own place. In practical terms this means I can finally have the 1950s-esque silver tinsel tree (and not just in sixth scale!), and all the vintage ornaments I can get my hands on.
Searching for vintage decorations, I came across the Elf on the Shelf. Apparently it's an American thing where Father Christmas sends magical elves to keep an eye on children and let him know if they've been naughty or nice. Every night, when the kids are asleep, the elf goes back to Father Christmas' workshop to report on what he's seen - then in the morning the kids find him in a new spot in the house. Often the elf has been up to some mischief or other: see HERE, HERE and HERE.
I think it's such an adorable idea. They're quite expensive in the UK, £30 ($49) officially, but the basic white boy elf was on sale by a couple of pounds and, what with the potential added Christmas magic and the cute doll-ness of it all, I just couldn't resist ordering one. Even though the baby will only be a few days old I want to take some photos this year to make it seem as though the elf was sent as soon as they arrived, and then build on it as they get older. :)
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