Only a few more days and George, my kids’ Elf on the Shelf, will be making his annual pilgrimage from the North Pole to spend the Holiday season with us. Since we try to keep our focus on the reason for the Christmas season and not large gifts, I thought I would whisper some suggestions for our Christmas stockings into George’s ear for him to bring back to Santa.
Here are suggestions for the five Christmas stockings that will be hanging on our mantle this year.
Our little guy will be two this winter and is starting to make the transition from his highchair to a booster seat at the kitchen table. You know what this means… smeared applesauce and errant peas. Santa, please bring our son a Disney placemat. Okay, maybe this stocking stuffer is for me as much as our toddler.
Disney Stickers. There have been some recent skirmishes between our toddler and preschooler over stickers. The toddler has recently discovered my five-year old’s stash of stickers and will not be denied when he wants one. As you can imagine, this leads to some tears, tug-of-wars, and yells of “That’s mine!” Some Disney stickers of his own will spread peace and goodwill in our house this Christmas season.
Disney Notebook and Pen. My five-year old’s Winnie-the-Pooh notebook has been invaluable during Mass during the last year. It’s small, portable, quiet, and almost filled up so Santa, please bring him another one this year.
Nintendo DS Character Kit. Ever since our son played with his friend’s Nintendo DS he’s been desperate for one. I have a sneaking suspicion that either Grandma or Santa will be getting him one this year so this Nintendo DS case will come in handy.
Disney stocking stuffers for a young man can be difficult but I think I have two great choices here.
My son has his own place and I love these ice cube trays to bring a little Disney magic into his everyday.
Mickey Oven Glove. I’m not kidding myself that my son makes a well-balanced dinner every night but I’m hoping it’s more than cold cereal and Pop-Tarts. A Mickey Oven Glove can help with anything from a cookie sheet of french fries to frozen pizza.
Traditionally, my husband’s stocking is filled with snacks so I’ll keep the tradition alive with this first suggestion for Santa.
We love Christmas music in our house so I know this Disney Christmas CD will be a hit. Even for a middle-aged guy.
Disney Magnetic Notepad. My magnetic Disney notepad hangs on the fridge and contains my weekly shopping list. Let’s face it, grocery shopping every week is a chore but seeing some Disney friends every time I wheel the shopping cart through the store makes it a little less burdensome.
I have a set of these small Disney ornaments and I love them. Every time I look at our Christmas tree, I love discovering these Mickey ears tucked in the branches. This is a little more than a stocking stuffer but I deserve another set, don’t I?
Lisa M. Battista is the author of Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers When she’s not chasing after her little ones, you can most likely find her at the beach or in the kitchen trying her hand at a new recipe. You can follow her on Twitter @DisneyExplorer or become a fan of Beyond the Attractions on Facebook.