Well, I love our elf, but I also take a very low key approach to the elf.
There are a couple of rules I live by when it comes to having an elf visiting for the holidays. First, our elf does NOT do bad things. He NEVER makes big messes, he NEVER camps out all day somewhere inconvenience (like taking up one of the seats on the sofa in the Family room, at the bottom of the stairs, or on the toilet... seriously! the toilet people. I don't know about you, but decommissioning a toilet all day because an elf is pooping skittles does not seem like a good idea.... and what if he fell in?? Gross.)
So here is what our elf does do.
Every December 1st our elf arrives in our fireplace. It just seems like a good place for someone from the North Pole to show up and he brings the kid's advent calendars. The first time I turned off the pilot light, but it was a pain getting it back on so now we just risk it.
Throughout the month our elf does bring a few presents, but they aren't anything that I wouldn't have given the kids anyway. He will usually bring them new Christmas jammies the first Friday and Christmas coloring books the first day of Christmas break.
With the holidays now in full swing, I seem to find myself once again trying to decide what to get the kids for Christmas. Toddler toy are among my favorite because toddlers love to play.
Here are some of my top toddler toy picks this year, and lets be clear, although this post contains affiliate links, the toys selected are truly toys I would recommend or buy for my own toddler. This is her second Christmas and I'm so excited!
1. Play Kitchens
I want this kitchen in a bad way. My sweet baby Bonnie would love it for years to come and it is REALLY cute! Kitchens are GREAT toys overall. All of my kids (even my little boys) have enjoyed playing pretend an making meals in a play kitchen throughout their toddler and preschool years.