Amy had the best idea. And she didn't even tell me about it. On December 1st we received a most mysterious package - a brown paper package tied up with string (don't think I missed that!). It had the most delicious jingly sound.
Inside, along with a ton of jingle bells, was Pip (well, Pippin really, but Pip for short)! The sweetest little elf doll. I cannot believe Amy made this for us!
He is made of sweaters, with a Waldorf-style little face. I love his red mittens, his jingly feet, and his nose!
The best part is that Pip came with a little note. A perfectly teeny tiny note with a teeny tiny envelope. Pip likes to play hide and seek at Christmastime. Every day he will hide somewhere to lead the kids to a fun advent activity.
I'm loving this idea. So much. I jotted down a few ideas for Pip yesterday and came up so many just off the top of my head (wahoo!). Mostly things we would have done anyway, or things that are inexpensive and I have around the house (like setting up favorite decorations that aren't out yet or watching a Christmas movie). Pip will just make things that much more magical.
So,yesterday I sent the kids upstairs after lunch and hid Pip. They looked all over for him, and the boys started calling out 'Pip!' which was sweet. And then they had a great time with the activity Pip led them to - which I loved!
Amy made a brother elf, Ollie, for her son, too! So, Amy and I are documenting the advent adventures of Pip and Ollie on their very own blog:
Come see what the little elves are up to!
Thank you, thank you, Amy! It was the best idea. The kids love Pip already. Princess even put him to bed in the basket of playsilks last night!