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Elf On The Shelf Stress & Crazy Santa Present Requests: Here's My December

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It's that special time of year once again! I really really do love Christmas! And these days, with the trio, they just seem to be getting better and better! Once again I have managed to refrain from splurging on Santa gifts.

Not!!!

The downside of beginning my purchasing in September is that I just seem to have bought more rather than being organised early! I didn't go mad on Black Friday, though we did pick up a decent coffee machine on Cyber Monday, but honestly, that's a must-have item these days!

Since the clocks changed the boys have all been sleeping so poorly. Ben has cut two molars and Jamie recently discovered nightmares. It's made for great sport in our household! Then on December 1st, our Elf on the Shelf came to visit. He's called Happy and he's mischievous, to say the least. Just this morning he dyed the milk with red food colouring.

Happy has an Elf post box with him this year and each night he leaves an Elf Report direct from the North Pole telling the boys if they've been naughty or nice and what Happy has witnessed them doing throughout the day.

I'm fed up coming up with new things for Happy to do but the added interaction of these reports have made the boys even more enamoured with Happy this Christmas!

It has definitely helped a little with the sleeping. The molars have cut as I said, so Ben is sleeping better, and Jamie received a tube of Elf dust from Happy (which is actually an empty tube of sprinkles - we've told him the Elf dust is invisible!) And he puts a pinch under his pillow nightly to keep away the bad dreams. It's working for now thankfully!

We brought the boys to Yulefest Kilkenny at the weekend when the Coca-Cola truck was visiting. They had a visit with Santa at Butler House which was lovely. We were fearful that Ben would bawl the place down but his reaction was quite the opposite! He kept smiling right up in Santa's face from beginning to end. He's a right charmer that third son of mine!

Will and Jamie asked Santa for 3 things each which were a Maui hook (from Disney's Moana), a Jellycat soft toy and a Fingerling.

They also requested a "surprise" if Santa has time. Then Jamie threw a spanner in the works altogether. "And Santa, can we have a baby in Mammy's belly too please?". Well, I didn't know where to look, the husband's face was priceless and the Santa's elf just barely contained her laughter! Fair play to Santa though, he didn't even break stride. He chuckled, patted Jamie on the head and said he'd see what he could do!

Thanks for that one, big man!

Needless to say we sat Jamie down and told him Santa doesn't bring things like babies, pets or gaming consoles (nailing that one down for the coming Christmases!). He was highly unimpressed, but as with most 3 year olds he has the attention span of a sparrow so he was easily enough distracted from his random request. That middle child of mine, eh! He's gas, God love him!

Unfortunately, we've had quite a bit of sickness of late, the weather hasn't helped I'm sure, so I'm just living for the joy coming my way when they open those gifts!

I'm also living for the end of the school term. I'm so over the school run. I feel I don't get a moment and each day is packed with two separate school drop-offs and pickups, the schools being literally in opposite ends of the city. Make food, tidy up, go to after-school activities, try squeeze in a nap for Ben so he's not like a briar at said activities!!

There are not enough hours in the day and most evenings I can be found passed out on the sofa by 9.30pm! I'm such a rock star!

And still, I wouldn't change a second of it!


About the Author

Pamela O'Rourke is a full time wife and mother. She loves to spend her days helping to build her sons' imaginations and shaping them into the men they will someday become. When she has a spare moment or two she enjoys planning the family's next trip to their favourite place on earth, Walt Disney World!

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