Clothed with Grace: Getting Ready for Christmas

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Getting Ready for Christmas

This year we decided to have an elf on the shelf some to our house. Grant had an elf at daycare last year and loved it, so I thought we'd give it a try. Our elf has a little twist though. I found something here on Pinterest about incorporating Jesus into the idea. "Santa" sent Grant a letter with his elf, now named Mr. Jingles, to our house on Thanksgving evening. The letter shared that Mr. Jingles job is to remind Grant and our family that Christmas is about Jesus and not presents. He's to look for us being kind and helpful to each other, and other people as well.

I broke the "no touch" rule, seen here, which I didn't really get, we'll see as days pass if this was a good idea or not. I can't remember a time when Grant has been so excited about something and he and Mr. Jingles have been having a lot of fun together. I've had Mr. Jingles declare a family movie night, build a Lego Christmas tree, read a story to stuffed animals, suggest making cookies together, and race cars with another toy. Mr. Jingles will not be bringing gifts, and I have a few ideas for how to continue to incorporate Jesus into this idea. I'm excited about this new tradition at our house.


I'm giving my blanket scarf another try today, this time with a dress and cardigan. Lots of layers didn't work so well last time, so I'm hoping it'll work out better this time :) I also opted for my animal print flats, instead of boots like I'd originally intended.  My tall boots looked way to "bulky,"  and since the weather has gotten so cold these shoes have been a bit forgotten. 


Cardigan: Ann Taylor similar
Scarf: Style This Life same
Dress: Gap similar
 Bracelets: chloe + isabel c/o samesame 
Shoes: Aerosoles same

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14 comments:

  1. Adorable look! I am jealous of your bare legs! I really like that you are incorporating Jesus into Elf on the shelf.

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  2. hi dear,i like this bon ton outfit..very nice scarf

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  3. I love your elf idea as I have wanted to do this for years but didn't know how or figure how to tie the reason for the season into it. So thank you for the inspiration. I just love that blanket scarf on you Ginny. Rachel xo

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  4. I love this look and the little pop of animal print is just perfect!
    Great look!!

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  5. Cute look! Love that you're trying out new things with the blanket scarf! Also love that you're incorporating Jesus with the elf!

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  6. I love the idea of the elf on the shelf! I send pins to my friends all the time for ideas to use with their kids. I wish I had had one!

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  7. Although I don't have kids, I love the idea of an Elf encouraging Jesus and family time! I think I'm going to save this one for later :)

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  8. I love your scarf, it looks so warm! I hate a cold neck. x
    Maria's Adventures

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  9. Love that scarf! Super cute!

    Kayla
    www.lovelucygirl.com

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  10. I have 2 blanket scarves I purchased (really reasonably) on GroopDealz but I am still trying to figure out how to wear them without being suffocated! Any hints?

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  11. Great idea for the Elf on the Shelf-I've always thought it sounded kind of weird but the addition of Jesus to bring it around to the real reason makes it sound better. Something I'll be thinking about if/when I'm blessed enough to have children.

    I hope this outfit worked better and you weren't so hot :)

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  12. I love scarf... It is really so beautiful and it suits for your dress.. Jaslynn, Bizbilla B2B portal

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  13. Ooh I really like your adaptation of the elf on the shelf. I always thought elf on the shelf seemed so fun for kids, and I like the other message you are incorporating too.

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  14. good job tying your blanket scarf! looks cozy and not too overwhelming.

    -AJ

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