With our oldest daughter, now eight, this was the Christmas our Santa story had to begin address the very real aspect of growing up, and growing out of the original Santa story line. Over the last few weeks we've been doing our best to usher her to the next phase of Christmas magic by getting her involved in the story. Early in December she was invited by the elves to participate in a Quest to become an Assistant Elf.
Inspired by my friend, Laurel, the grand finale was a scrap book that documented her quest.
It was highly secretive, she was the only sister old enough to help out.
Jolly, the elf, announced she had been identified
as just the kind of girl who might make a great Assistant Elf.
So she was invited on a quest to spread Christmas Cheer.
The elves set her up with her very own email address for sending Christmas notes to loved ones.
There were lots of decorating tasks, including decorating her sisters' bedroom doors.
When Chloe saw her door she exclaimed, "The elves were here!"
There was a surprise day off for spending with her great-aunt who flew in from NYC.
Donuts and a lot of silly fun were had.
After a final task of accompanying her grandmother to Church, Christmas Eve, the Quest was completed. When she found out that the Quest was done, she looked up and said, "Mom, I'm sad the Quest is over."
Well, love, this Quest, thankfully never really ends.
Here is the final note of her official Quest to become and Assistant Elf.
You are now officially an Assistant Elf. CONGRATULATIONS!!!