Friday, 28 October 2016

To elf or not to elf?

For the last 3 years we have wholeheartedly embraced the pesky little visitors that arrive around the festive season to 'keep an eye' on our children's behaviour.  I have blogged extensively about the antics of our elves.

It was great fun.  Until it wasn't.

Its become stressful.  What shall we do? Have we done it before?  And then there's the midnight dash when you realise that you've forgotten to do anything at all.

Its all just getting too elaborate.

It was fine the first couple of years but last year we found that far more children had elves and they all had different rules.

For instance - one child in my daughters class had been told by her Mum that her elf was 'the boss elf' because that child is SOOO good that only the top elf can visit.  Bleurgh!  That had my daughter questioning her behaviour.  "Why has 'x' got the top elf?  Aren't I good enough?"  I just told her that the Mum was probably making it up to make the other girl feel good.

It makes me bitter - I don't like it!

Then there are those children who are allowed to touch their elves and take them in to school to show.  Mine were questioning how comes they weren't allowed to touch theirs when others can.  All these things become trickier to answer (especially when its all based on a giant lie!) and to sound convincing especially when my eldest daughter is now coming up for 91/2.

The same family who have the 'top elf' also have several elves - some hard bodied, some soft.  Just how can you explain this.  We as adults are trying too hard.

It was supposed to be a bit of fun. Just move an elf from one shelf to another each night.  Why have we let it consume our Decembers?

Is the magic over?

I strongly suspect that my eldest has a strong inkling about ol' St Nick but I would love to get just one more year of believing (or at least hedging her bets) before that beautiful childhood naivety leaves her (and I have no doubts that in a moment of spite she will then tell Little Miss L that Santa isn't real - she's not a mean child - but siblings do like to wind each other up!).

For us - I think this will be the year we stop the elves coming.  Perhaps they'll visit for one night with a note saying that as their behaviour has been so good they are needed with other families.

Again - perhaps I'm overthinking it.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

A Day Out with Sylvanian Families

On the 15th October my children were lucky enough to attend an exclusive VIP "Day Out with Sylvanian Families" at Intu Lakeside Shopping Centre in Essex.

This event was free for Premium Fan Club members and their families.

As only one of my girls is a Premium Fan Club member we used the two other tickets we could get for her and Daddy (I stayed at home!).

We weren't entirely sure if this would be an all day event or a drop so hubby headed up their for opening (and I had sent him with a long list of bits I needed from Ikea afterwards!).

There were various activities for the children to do:

  • Making a dress for their favourite Sylvanian;
  • Making Sylvanian pictures from Aquabeads;
  • Free goody bag;
  • Arts and crafts;
  • Play tables;
  • Meet the characters.

 There was a great goody bag from the the event and another that could be collected from the nearby Hamleys.

There was also a competition which the girls could have entered to win a visit from Freya Rabbit on their birthdays.  Unfortunately both my girls HATE dressed up characters so didn't enter - that would be like a birthday nightmare for them!  Much better that the prize goes to someone who can genuinely enjoy it.

After completing the activities on offer it was time to settle down and watch the Sylvanian's perform (from a safe distance of the floor above - god forbid they should be chosen to interact in any way!)

Concentrating on the Aquabeads

Its only a matter of time until the girls want a permanent set-up like this at home!

 Much fun had by all (well - except for Daddy who merely tolerated it!).  Personally I think he was sulking because he wasn't allowed to make a dress for his favourite Sylvanian (Bruce Springer in case you're wondering!).

Premium membership is available for only £9.99 per year from here in the UK.  Really great value for money as the child gets 4 magazines per year, a free exclusive collectors figure in a presentation box and a certificate along with exclusive competitions.  Membership would make a great Christmas present.