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Elves & Advent Calendars - get 'em while they last!

Events, ToysMegan PeronaComment

Looking for a new holiday tradition?  Continuing past traditions?  Either way, we've got some ideas for you! Holiday_Gifts_Toys_Portland_elf_on_the_shelf_set

Does your family have an Elf on the Shelf tradition?  Elf on the Shelf is a newer Christmas tradition that has become quite the sensation!  The day after Thanksgiving your elf “arrives” – to the wide-eyed delight of all your children.  The elf is a friend of Santa’s and he’s visiting to help keep an eye on things for the big man up north.  Each night, while everyone is asleep, the elf travels to the North Pole to tell Santa about the day.  When he returns he finds a new spot in your home to hang out.  When your kids wake up it’s like a treasure hunt to find where the elf is!  (Check out Pinterest for some funny elf shots!)  However, if the elf is in the same spot from one day to another, that means someone wasn’t on their best behavior and the elf stayed home so that Santa didn’t find out.  After Christmas the elf heads back home to the North Pole, but returns again after next year’s Thanksgiving.

Parents have shared adorable stories with us about children keeping siblings in line so that the elf will have only good things to say in his Santa report, conversations between little ones and their new elf buddy, and clever elf names (your family gets to name him, of course!)  This is one tradition we highly recommend!

To start your own family tradition we have a storybook and elf set, just for you – plus, a few accessories if you want to go all out!

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Have an advent calendar tradition?  Continue one or start a new one with one of our spiffy advent calendars!  Pick out a Playmobil calendar that comes with a set of figurines and accessories.  Choose an Eeboo calendar and enjoy a new holiday illustration everyday.  Or go with a reusable Melissa & Doug calendar, add a magnetic ornament each day, by Christmas you'll have a decorated tree with a star on top!

And, don't forget to shop local this Friday and Saturday!  Child's Play is participating in Little Boxes (Friday & Saturday) and American Express' Shop Small Saturday (Saturday only).  Visit our events page for more details.

Have a festive day!

-Child's Play