BLOGMAS 2020 ~ DAY 1 ~ ELF ON THE SHELF OR JULENISSER?

This is day 1 of BLOGMAS 2020. We’ve all had a stressful year and need some fun. I want this year especially to be relaxing and stress free. I’m not even doing a linky. Just comment on my post and let me know you’re playing along and I’ll be sure to visit and comment on your post. At the bottom of this post is a list of the prompts.

I know some people begin the day after Thanksgiving, but for us December 1st is the beginning. For several years we’ve done an Elf on the Shelf for the munchkins. Each year we did a “cousin” elf so it wasn’t the same elf every year. I know many parents are dreading that darned elf every year and having to come up with 24 DIFFERENT scenarios that are different from the previous year!

But I’ve discovered Julenisser, a Nordic tradition, this year to replace the previous Elf on a Shelf.   We’re calling him Bailey. I can’t find that a Julenisser is actually given a name, but I’m winging it here. 😀 The nisse is one of the most familiar creatures of Scandinavian folklore.

In Solvang, a Danish community, they actually do a Nisse Adventure like a scavenger hunt and Danish style JuleFest celebration throughout the month.

In Denmark there is a serious subculture regarding the Christmas elves and gnomes known as Julenisser. They live in forests and eat fruits and berries throughout the year before they come spend the month of Christmas with your family. They have BIG hearts and ARE magical! They love to play tricks on you and your family.

So when do you begin? Do you have unique names for your elf? Or do you have a Julenisser?

BLOGMAS 2018 – STOCKING STUFFERS – DAY 15

Stuffing stockings is one of my favorite things to do.  I’m always on the look out for special little items that I tuck away all year long waiting for just this day.  Since the kids are grown hubby gets my FULL attention and he hates it (sort of) because he says he isn’t as good at reciprocating the stocking processs.  But he tries hard and is getting better at it every year.
This was a couple of years ago (I never give away this year’s items in case he reads this posts 😀 ) but gives you the idea:
  • 2 new Wii U games (Amazon had an awesome Black Friday sale I could do from home in my PJ’s)
  • fun snacks – M&Ms, cashews, pistachios and DILL peanuts.
  • some camo carbiners
  • some camo notepads
  • an Army magnet
  • new winter gloves
  • Mason jar shot glasses so he’ll quit using my REAL mason jars
  • a couple of additional watchband choices to accessorize one of his gifts from mom
  • .50 caliber pocket knife
  • lottery tickets
This year I already stuffed his stocking, but guarantee it will be full of ALL sorts of fun stuff again including some of his new favorite flavors of Dr. McGullicuddys!