Welcoming our elf & Christmas eve hamper

(53 Posts)
BankerMommy2010 Sun 13-Oct-13 08:48:06

Im trying to think of ways to welcome our elf... do I just hide him before I go to bed so hes waiting for ds to find on dec 1st do I sit him next to ds advent calendar? I have the elf on a shelf dvd should I start letting him watch that in nov and reading him the book so he understands what the elf is (ds is 3, 4 in feb)

I have started putting together his Christmas eve hamper and its looking great:
So far it includes:

Christmas dressing gown
Christmas pjs
Christmas slipper socks
Bubble bath
Christmas cup
Sweets in an elf shape jar
Christmas dvd
Christmas story
Key for santa
Christmas chocolate lolly
Santa stop here sign to hang on his bedroom door before bed
A letter from his elf
Reindeer food

Is that everything or has anybody else got ideas?

amistillsexy Sun 13-Oct-13 08:55:07

If you give him all that lot on Christmas Eve, it'll be New Years before he's finished doing everything to 'prepare'!
Don't you think he will be better served by a nice calm Christmas Eve reading the Nativity story and snuggling down quietly for an early night? Christmas Day will bring excitement enough.

littleoaktree Sun 13-Oct-13 08:55:25

Last year was the first time we did the elf and I got a little red suitcase which I sprayed with a bit of fake snow, put the elf inside with a little blanket and a letter for ds1 and put it in the fireplace for ds1 to find on 1 dec. my idea was that as Father Christmas comes down the chimney it made sense for his elf to do so as well. Ds1 was 3.7 last christmas and I'm surprised that he remembers how the elf arrived as he was talking about it the other day when we mentioned christmas so it obviously made an impact on him grin

We don't do the Christmas Eve hamper so can't help on that sounds like you have loads in it though.

nicename Sun 13-Oct-13 09:01:12

Oh lawkes, I can't remember where I stored ours froml last year! It was one of those from the US that had the letter of introduction from Santa!

Does anyone have the web address of the NASA (?) site that tracks santas sleigh?

I love chrimbo bit looks like we'll be stuck here again with a very low key affair (boo hiss humbug).

BankerMommy2010 Sun 13-Oct-13 09:03:12

What do you mean? Bubble bath is for his Christmas eve bath, he will wear the pjs, dressing gown amd slippers, watch dvd & eat his goodies, leave Santa his key and stop here sign go upto bed and have his stories (which are nativity and Santa's workshop)

BankerMommy2010 Sun 13-Oct-13 09:04:59

Its all stuff I have bought for him in previous years, but its akl just been put away ready for when we needed it on xmas eve, this way it makes it a little bit exciting x

deepfriedsage Sun 13-Oct-13 09:05:52

I think that's ott personally. New pj's a nice story and warm milk with nutmeg or hot chocolate is lovely.

BankerMommy2010 Sun 13-Oct-13 09:06:23

Love the suitcase idea. .. I have a little elf door that im sticking to our skirting board.... maybe I could sit him outside the door???

BankerMommy2010 Sun 13-Oct-13 09:07:49

Maybe ott but he'd have had everything fir xmas eve anyway,he will have the milk Iin his cup and a story obv

SoupDragon Sun 13-Oct-13 09:07:56

My idea is just read The Night Before Christmas, hot drink, bed. Job done.

hermioneweasley Sun 13-Oct-13 09:09:40

Few brunches have found their way on this thread. Sounds perfect OP, I don't think you need anything else.

hermioneweasley Sun 13-Oct-13 09:09:58

Brunches = grinches

Guitargirl Sun 13-Oct-13 09:15:13

The only difference I would suggest I think is maybe get the Elf to bring the Christmas dressing gown at the beginning of December so your DS gets good wear out if it. Seems a shame to only wear a Christmas dressing gown for a couple of days?

SoupDragon Sun 13-Oct-13 09:17:15

<<looks about>>

Nope, can't see any Grinches.

amistillsexy Sun 13-Oct-13 09:18:24

what do you mean?
I'm suggesting you might be over-egging the pudding just a tad.
When little children have a big day ahead, with an early start, lots of excitement and possibly many people around, a big meal, lots of noise...it's all overwhelming.
The big build up the night before could lead to him being over-excited, and not being able to sleep, which could lead to him finding it hard to get through Christmas day without a tantrum/crying due to being over tired.
I'm sure he'll enjoy receiving all the things in his 'hamper'. I'm sure he'd enjoy a new pair of pjs, and a quiet, normal, bath, story, bed routine as well.

BankerMommy2010 Sun 13-Oct-13 09:18:41

Phew. I was starting to think I was the only person doing the hamper, I got the idea off here and thought seeing as I buy most of the stuff every year anyway it would be nice to present it as a gift from his elf with a letter. Not sure what others think I am planning to do... hype him up into a frenzy is not my plan, in fact the hamper is part of my plan to curb the over excitement of Christmas eve,

Nice relaxing bath
New pjs
Downstairs for treats & milk whilst watching his Christmas Thomas the tank dvd
Leave out treats for santa
Upstairs to bed for his Christmas story and snuggles before sleepy time.... dont see the problem

amistillsexy Sun 13-Oct-13 09:26:16

No grinches, simply people who understand that young children thrive when the adults around them consider how their choices will impact the child.

The OP has listed 13 items for the child to receive the night before he receives (possibly) many more new things. She then asked if anyone could think of anything else she could add. She says herself it's OTT. She is absolutely correct in that.

BankerMommy2010 Sun 13-Oct-13 09:27:10

Amistillsexy.... if I thought he couldn't handle it I wouldn't do it, guess we all know our own child best, its a small basket with a few bits set out for Christmas eve, im.not going to whip him into a frenzy when I present it, it will just be waitingon his bed when we go up for his bath. Guess we all have different ideas, I know he will love this litttle addition to our Christmas eve traditions.

The dressing gown is just plain red so he can wear it all year

BankerMommy2010 Sun 13-Oct-13 09:29:27

By the way... I didn't say it was OTT someone else did... bloody hell, wish I hadn't opened my mouth

amistillsexy Sun 13-Oct-13 09:29:42

OP, you have contradicted yourself. In a previous post you said its all stuff you'd be buying anyway, this way it makes it more exciting. You now say you want to cut down on the excitement.
I think you've definitely done enough now. [Wink]

FruitSaladIsNotPudding Sun 13-Oct-13 09:31:00

My goodness. People get worked up over Xmas eve hampers?

We're doing it - new pjs, the night before Christmas book (reused from year to year obviously), a horribly glittery bath bomb from lush, reindeer food, perhaps a DVD if we give it to them early enough in the day to watch it. I think it's a lovely tradition to start, and I'm all for Christmas being low key on the present front.

Wilberforce2 Sun 13-Oct-13 09:33:30

I did the Elf for the first time last year (ds was just 4) and about 10 minutes before I knew we were going out I got DH to distract ds then set the Elf up on the doorstep with the book and a Christmas helium balloon that I had hidden in the car earlier. I then told ds to open the front door while I grabbed my bag which meant he discovered the elf! A few weeks before I planted the idea in his head and showed him the DVD so he was starting to wonder if he had been good enough for this elf to visit us! It was such good fun but I am a sucker for a Christmas gimmick!

I also do the elf bag and ds normally gets:

New pj's
Christmas book
Something to eat
Hot choc sachet
Bubble bath
Santa Key
Reindeer food

deepfriedsage Sun 13-Oct-13 09:33:58

Look don't let us grinches spoil your fun, you have enough in your hamper. Have a nice Christmas.

the grinch stole Xmas, I was suggesting a more understated Xmas eve

BankerMommy2010 Sun 13-Oct-13 09:35:19

I meant the excitement of waiting for presents the next day, having a little treat might help. .. maybe not, maybe I have contradicted myself, but I wasn't expecting to habe to justify my actions to be honest, really though, why are you so bothered? Its a little gift... I want to do it as part of his Christmas gifts... does that make me a bad person

deepfriedsage Sun 13-Oct-13 09:38:38

My teenage dc still get excited about their Xmas eve new pj's, we now go to a coffee shop for the luxury hot chocolate. It is lovely to have traditions. Some people think your ott, you do not just ignore.

deepfriedsage Sun 13-Oct-13 09:39:38

I meant just ignore us, and do your own thing, don't get upset.

BankerMommy2010 Sun 13-Oct-13 09:42:29

Its not that I don't think im ott... everything I do is ott to be honest. .. although I did not say my hamper was OTT if id have asked "is my basket ott" I could have understood the replies

BankerMommy2010 Sun 13-Oct-13 09:46:50

Although I probably should have expected the replies.... I forget not everyone is like me, I love buying gifts for people, and presenting gifts nicely... its any excuse to do something that I know a person will like, id have loved a Christmas eve hamper as a child x

amistillsexy Sun 13-Oct-13 09:50:50

It's fine. Do whatever you choose. We all have different traditions.
I remember when my eldest was 3, wondering why he wasn't excited about Christmas...by the time he was 4, he was crazy for weeks! Building the excitement isn't an issue
No-ones out to upset you, just giving opinions!

hermioneweasley Sun 13-Oct-13 09:51:37

We did the Xmas pjs and DVD on Xmas eve last year. It was lovely. Didn't get the kids over excited at all. Leaving a key and a "Santa stop here" sign is no different to the excitement of leaving a carrot and mince pie (which is what we do).

I don't think it's that big a deal.

VikingVagine Sun 13-Oct-13 09:51:48

I started a thread about this a week or so ago (think it's still on the first page if you want to have a look).

We are going to so it in two goes this time, hamper on the 1st of Dec, with elf, dressing gowns, slippers, pjs, Xmas bedding and advent calendar. Then an open basket on Xmas eve with bath bombs, DVD, hot chocolate and stockings.

I'm ridiculously excited seeing as it's only October.

BankerMommy2010 Sun 13-Oct-13 09:56:37

VikingVagine I was going to do the same. ..but was too worried to mention that :-/

I have bought him a next duvet and santa countdown cushion, an advent calendar and his elf, and I was thinking of presenting thtem as a gift on dec 1st... although I did worry that was ott smile

wamabama Sun 13-Oct-13 10:06:43

Personally I love Christmas Eve hampers. I don't think yours is OTT at all, it sounds about right to me... It's not as if it includes 5 big presents or whatever, its basically something to wear, eat and read. We do xmas eve hampers too and I think it adds to the spirit, gets everyone in the mood smile

in our house, On 1st Dec the elf (albert, named after my grandad) brings de her advent calendar, we then go shopping to choose a decoration for the tree.

We also have a calendar which has little pockets and each day we do a christmassy activity - gingerbread house, visit Santa, carol service, make decorations, write Xmas cards etc. The elf brings a list smile

On Xmas eve morning we find the Xmas eve basket containing -

Hot choc
Rsindeer food
A letter from us talking about the last year
An annual
A little craft kit
Some stickers

It keeps dd busy whilst we do the food prep and get bits done then we go to christingle at the local church, come home for hot chocolate and a dvd, keep an eye on Santa, put out reindeer food, bath, Santa's tray then bed.

Hope the grinches approve smile

Lilicat1013 Sun 13-Oct-13 10:25:14

I am doing Christmas Eve hampers, the boys are having -

Letter from Santa
Santa Stop Here Sign they have personalised ones for their bedroom doors
Santa Key (in my older son's) and The Night Before Christmas (in my younger son's) because they share these things.
Disney book each

They will also have a new cuddly toy each on their cot/bed.

I hope it gets them it is fun for them. Neither will understand Christmas (little one is a baby and older son is autistic) but I want them to know something exciting is happening and for them to have a fun bedtime.

Yours sounds great, I am sure your son will love it.

snappybadger Sun 13-Oct-13 12:28:25

I think it sounds great! I am all for adding as much magic and excitement to December as possible. I want the whole month to be fun for ds who will be 2.9 this year and will definitely be more aware of what is going on this time.

I love the idea of the elf doorway as a means for the elf arriving. I have thought about getting one myself but as I have a fireplace I think I might do something based around there. Might add a helium balloon to it though as someone else mentioned up thread.

Love the idea of introducing the elf idea now with the DVD and book. I have those put away from when i bought it last year (but then realised he was too young to understand it!). Might go and dig it out and watch it together this afternoon. smile

frosty21 Sun 13-Oct-13 12:39:23

All you Chrsitmas Elf people,your dc will be posting on here in years to come about their parents used to scare them into good behaviour with a creepy elf and now they have issues surrounding the festive period ;)

frosty21 Sun 13-Oct-13 12:53:06

I do a Christmas Eve hamper though. Our includes much the same as yours OP;

Santa Key (bought out every year)
Snowman soup in new cup
New pjs (character ones this year)
New slippers
Night before Christmas book (bought out every xmas eve)
A Christmas DVD
A Chocolate father Christmas
Letter from Father Christmas
Magic Flannel.

I don't bring out the xmas books and dvds with any surprises though. I just heft them down from the loft on the 1st December.

BankerMommy2010 Sun 13-Oct-13 16:59:48

My elf is nothing to do with good behaviour just a bit of fun, he goes back to Santa at night to tell him stories about Ryans day and see his elf friends as there isn't much to sit and watch while were all sleeping...

But the naughty elf is so much fun. Ours climbed the tree, tried to steal chocolate coins, did steal and eat halfa chocolate Santa, drank a bottle of daddy's beer, made biscuits and left a mess. All kinds of mischief smile

BankerMommy2010 Sun 13-Oct-13 17:15:14

Our elf will be mischievous but I wont bribe good behaviour with the elf... my son is more scared of mommy telling him off than an elf telling santa! I think some people over think the elf. .. its a bit of festive fun for kids x

frosty21 Sun 13-Oct-13 18:12:58


He's watching you ...

DurhamOx Sun 13-Oct-13 18:28:07

It sounds fine to me, from some of the responses anyone would think you were suggesting you were giving him his own magical reindeer and taking him for a flight... I doubt that a three year old is going to be rendered unconscious with excitement by a new cup and slippers...

BankerMommy2010 Sun 13-Oct-13 19:41:13

Thank you DurhamOx I thought the same smile

buzzgirly Mon 14-Oct-13 08:16:19

I do a hamper on 1st December and Christnas Eve!

On the 1st the elf arrives with advent calendar, Christmas DVD, book and fleece blankets. I am going to leave out a trail of baubles which will lead to the elf.

And on Christmas Eve the hamper will have a goodbye letter from elf, new pjs, fun bubble bath, magic flannels, new toothbrushes, hot chocolate, popcorn and Santa sacks.

It is all such good fun. Dd was talking about our elf the other day. That's why I love mumsnet, it introduced me to all this Christmas craziness !

Now is this grinch?i,m struggling.........I love love all the christmas build up and go the whole hog for Xmas ( 8 children so so excited last year we had 26 for dinner ) and even the loo seat gets an Xmas cover ,themed decor ,fun fun fun and this year I would love to buy the Xmas quilts BUT ....wait for it ....all I can think off is the little girl who lives in the drainpipe and how much that money will make a difference to her ......sorry .....I,ll probably give in and buy the quilts but just thought I,d put it out there...--runs for cover--

BankerMommy2010 Mon 14-Oct-13 10:48:02

Girl down a drain pipe? ?? I donate to charity every month from my salary, we sponsor a guide dog put money in the charity boxes outside supermarkets and even make up a gift box at Christmas for children that wont get anything... so I don't think ill feel too bad about buying for my child this Christmas

Editededition Mon 14-Oct-13 10:54:21

Hi Banker -
the hamper sounds lovely, but I would suggest calling a halt - rather than adding more ideas. It has a lot of bits already, and you don't want to overshadow Christmas morning!

Delighted to find other people have an elf - we had one which used to appear with the Christmas Tree and mysteriously move around the house - every time it was spotted in one place, it hid somewhere else, right through until New Year. When DCs reached teen years, they turned the tables on me, and moved it themselves. It once took me until mid-Jan to find what they had done with it!!

Have everyone this year, so a new version may have to make an appearance somewhere grin

BankerMommy2010 Mon 14-Oct-13 17:09:27

I think im more excited for our elf to arrive...definitely reliving my childhood, loving the magic of Christmas with a little one, this is the first Christmas he really understands x

deepfriedsage Mon 14-Oct-13 18:37:45

Ikea are doing great big Santa shaped advent calendars, the size of a small child. With drawers for each day. I am sure you will enjoy adding it to your mega December 1st hampers.

CaptainTripps Tue 15-Oct-13 21:48:24

Is the hamper idea more for your own gratification, OP?

frosty21 Tue 15-Oct-13 22:16:07

Its for the memories Captain, for the memories ..

<< sings 'Misty water-colored memories of the way we were' >>

Heath27 Tue 15-Oct-13 23:03:13

Love this elf business, have never heard of it before. Going to get one, I like the idea of the naughty elf, he'll fit right in at our house!

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