Welcome! I'm so amazed and honored at the attention this post has received! I'm so glad you are here. I'd love it if you "liked" my Facebook page so we can stay connected! Thank you! I can't wait to get to know you, too. Our elf has arrived for 2014 and I'll be sharing his antics this year as well!
As I sat down to prepare for the arrival of Jolly, our Elf on the Shelf, I realized that some may be inspired by the wording of our letter from Santa. I wrote last week about why we do Santa and Elf on the Shelf, yet we don't embrace the behavior component of these traditions. My Santa letter goes along with that, and I wanted to share that with all of you. Jolly leaves a note every day of his own, but he always bring a letter from Santa at the start of Christmas season, too. He'll be holding the wrapped up version as he parachutes down.
I used letterhead like this that I found at Office Depot. I will keep it separate to use each year just for the Santa letter. I used the font Traveling Typewriter (free on Dafont) for the letter, in Word. I use little parachute men every year for Jolly's arrival. One package should last you through the kids' childhood.
Here is the text of the letter, in case you'd like to use it.
Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas!
Greetings from the North Pole!
I have watched you both grow and change all year long and I am so proud of how you are growing up. I know you two have been anxiously awaiting Jolly’s arrival, and I am happy to send him to you today! Remember that each morning you must search to find his new spot for the day, but please do make sure you do not fight over who locates Jolly first. Embrace the true spirit of Christmas joy, happiness, generosity, and compassion. Encourage each other and celebrate together!
Do make sure you tell Jolly what you wish your gift from me will be. He will fly back to the North Pole each night while you sleep to deliver the message. Be very sure not to touch him, though, so his magic remains.
You may hear your friends or grown ups talk about a naughty or nice list. Some people believe that I have one, but that is just a rumor. It is not true. I do care whether you are good, obey your parents, and are kind to everyone, because those are the right things to do. But that doesn’t affect my love for you or whether I will give you a gift. I give you a gift as a symbol of the gift of Jesus to us from our God.
I wish you both, Kid1 and Kid2, a special Christmas season full of magic and cheer and Christmas joy.
Until Christmas Eve, Merrily Yours,