Christmas in March

4 Mar

Hey, y’all, and Happy Friday! For some reason, I woke up this morning thinking about Christmas (I know, right?!) and realized that I never shared with you guys all the fun that we had this past season with our visitor, Mr. Clark Pricklepants! So let’s get to it and kick off the weekend with some lightheartedness 😉

Let me start by giving you the Elf Story in a nutshell for those of you without kids- or who’ve been living under a rock! Ha! I’m just kidding, I didn’t really know the nitty gritty until this past year when Neve was finally old enough to get into the shenanigans. So the Elf arrives sometime on or after Thanksgiving, along with a handwritten letter explaining who he is. The Elf is magical- he flies to your home every day and hides, usually getting into mischief, until the child finds him. Every day he’s in a new spot and has found new fun to be had. At night, he flies back to the North Pole to report to Santa how the day went. And this can only happen if he’s never touched because then he’d lose his magic!

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Arriving in style on Day 1!

So what’s with his name? Well, the first night he arrives with his letter, each child gets to pick a name for him. The first thing out of Neve’s mouth was ‘Mr. Pricklepants!’ I have NO clue what that even means or where it came from- the most she ever enlightened us was that it sounds kinda like ‘tickle’- so we went with it. Love that my kid is unique, by the way. No ‘Elfie’ or ‘Buddy’ over here! Ha! About two weeks later, she fell in love with National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (thanks to her Daddy, of course, although again, I’m not surprised in the least!) and immediately wanted to change his name to ‘Clark Griswold.’ After explaining that Mr. Pricklepants would surely have an identity crisis with such a late game-changer, his current full name was created: Mr. Clark Pricklepants.

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Mr. Clark Pricklepants was a hit from the very beginning. Neve could hardly sleep until the sun came up a single morning for not being able to wait to find him. It was awesome. And for the most part, I had a blast planning his shenanigans! You’ll think I’m nerdy, but long before Thanksgiving, I’d printed out a blank calendar and already mapped out what he’d be getting into. That way, I could make my grocery/store lists and have all my ‘supplies’ to never be caught in a lurch. Don’t judge. But seriously, I’d wait for her to go to bed every night just so I could set up his next scene.

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The biggest challenge was when traveled- having to pack the Elf and all his stuff. Yeah, I wouldn’t have thought of that either! Ha! But Mr. Clark Pricklepants goes where we go- afterall, he’s our special family Elf!

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I really wanted the focus of the whole Elf thing to be on the fun, not the ‘you better be good or he’s going to tell Santa and you won’t get any presents!’ That was my biggest hesitation from the moment I heard about this new craze years ago and the main reason we waited until she was 4 before we even introduced it. Sure, there were moments of ‘Mr. Clark Pricklepants is watching this meltdown over having to put on socks,’ but the majority was the anticipation, the search for him each day, the talking about how he flies and what the North Pole might look like, and reading the books he left us, and baking the cookies he brought us, and the telling our friends about all the fun we were having with him. ❤

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Pretty fun, huh? The real challenge will start next year when I have to come up with 25+ NEW shenanigans for Mr. Clark Pricklepants to get into! Ha! Suggestions appreciated! So where is he now? Well, on Christmas Eve, he flies back to the North Pole to spend the year helping Santa get ready for next year’s holidays- and resting because he sure did alot of flying in the month of December! Neve was so bummed that he was going away, though, that he talked to Santa about making a special exception and having his magic lifted for just a few minutes  to give her a quick hug before he left. She was SO happy. ❤ And is already counting down for his return!

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Have I said how TOTALLY AWESOME it is doing holidays with kids?! *LOVE* Less than 9 months to go! Hee hee.

3 Responses to “Christmas in March”

  1. Georgia March 5, 2016 at 2:58 AM #

    Very cute & funny

  2. Marilyn Deatley March 4, 2016 at 2:45 PM #

    So fun to read this. I can just imagine Neve looking for him. We have snow today.

  3. Eleanor March 4, 2016 at 1:34 PM #

    Who said Christmas was for kids??? So very creative! Start making your list today of Clark’s hiding places!

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