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?