Make A Phone Call To Santa (It’s How I Get My Kids To Listen To Me)

I told you yesterday that our Elf on the Shelf Fred already issued his first Behavior Warning to the kids. It didn’t go well (lots of whining and denial) but that’s good because it does the job of getting them to be nice instead of naughty. But sometimes they need more than a warning. Sometimes they need to hear the Big Guy himself tell them to stop being naughty. That’s when I make a phone call to Santa.

When the kids are really bad, I make a phone call to Santa. Find out who I'm calling and what I say so that they know they're really talking to the Big Guy!

How To Make A Phone Call To Santa

Yes, it’s sneaky but it really works. My brother Scott has been “Santa” for the last 5 years or so. If one (or all!) of the kids have been really bad, I tell them I’m going to call Santa, and I call my brother Scott.

If he answers, I say “Santa! Do you see what the kids are doing right now? Can you believe they are doing (I say whatever they are doing so that he knows)? Can you please talk to (name) and tell him to stop right now or he’ll lose his gift from you?”

If he doesn’t answer, I leave a voicemail telling Santa what they did and to check in with Fred the Elf to confirm I’m telling the truth.

Or when they’re being really bad, I text Santa and tell him what’s going on and have him call me! That really shocks the kids!

Sometimes Santa just isn’t available. In those cases, we have a backup: Mrs. Claus. I’ll do the same thing to one of my sisters and they tell the kids that Santa’s busy right now, and asked her to call instead.

My brother plays the part well! They have no idea that it’s him and they are always surprised by the personal things that he throws in like “Ethan! I’m very disappointed and I’m going to tell your mom that you can’t play Minecraft for the rest of the day.” or “I bet you haven’t fed your fish today have you?” (because the kid never feeds his fish). Or “Lila! I can’t wait to see you soon and see your missing front teeth!”

So now you know how to make a phone call to Santa that the kids will really pay attention to! Just pick a male friend/family member/neighbor who is willing to play along.

Who will your Santa or Mrs. Claus be?

The Elf On The Shelf Warning Note All Parents Need

Why I LOVE using this Elf on the Shelf Warning Note

Four years ago, I made the unfortunate mistake of purchasing an Elf on the Shelf and introducing it to the kids the day after Thanksgiving. Every year since, our elf Fred joins us for the holiday season on the day after Thanksgiving. On Night #2, I forgot to move him. By this morning, Day 4, the kids have already forgotten that they have to be good. So I printed out my first Elf on the Shelf warning note of the season.

An Elf on the Shelf warning note is perfect to use on days when just having the Elf there watching isn't enough! Contains other Elf on the Shelf ideas, too.

This Elf of the Shelf warning note is probably the most useful thing I’ve ever stumbled across on Pinterest…works wonders! When they see the note (and if they’re really bad Fred is missing too) there’s usually crying involved, begging and pleading, and on occasion, good behavior for days on end!

You can learn more about the history of this Elf on the Shelf warning note and how to print out your own notes here. What I usually do is just save a copy of the note and then open it in PicMonkey so I can “write” the note in different writing than my own since Ethan would recognize it immediately.

You’ll find a ton of other Elf on the Shelf  ideas to keep your Elf busy this year, on my Pinterest board Elf on the Shelf on Pinterest…it’s one of my most visited boards during the holidays. I’ve also got Christmas recipes, ideas, decor, books (including this year’s schedule for ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas!) and more here on my blog as well as on my All Things Christmas Pinterest board.

Like the Elf on the Shelf warning note, another thing that works well for us when the kids are being bad is a call to Santa. I’ll be explaining that one tomorrow!

ABC Family’s 25 Days Of Christmas 2015

We wait for it all year…for ABC Family’s schedule of their 25 Days of Christmas. Tell me we aren’t the only ones who can’t wait for 25 Days of Christmas 2015 to begin?!

If you love Santa and Christmas movies and the Grinch and Polar Express and Christmas Vacation and so many others, you need this list of all the shows scheduled for 25 Days of Christmas 2015!

Just for you, I’m sharing ABC Family’s schedule of 25 Days of Christmas 2015 movies. Bookmark this page! Share it with friends! Print out this handy 25 Days schedule and put it on your fridge!

ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas Schedule

ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas is about to begin! Get the schedule of every Christmas movie playing here.

Although it’s an oldie, Elf is one of our favorite Christmas movies and we watch it everytime it’s on. We LOVE Buddy!

ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas is about to begin! Get the schedule of every Christmas movie playing here.

And don’t forget to head over to like ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas Facebook page for all kinds of fun!

What’s your family’s favorite Christmas movie? We never miss the old claymation movies like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer…does your family still enjoy watching it as much as we did as kids?

For more Christmas fun, check out my All Things Christmas board on Pinterest and all things Christmas here on my blog (like how to get a letter from Santa with a North Pole postmark and how to get in touch with Santa these holiday season.)

Not a sponsored post. I just love when I find fun things to share like this!

Begin The Jesse Tree Tradition With Your Family With Countdown to Christmas ::Book Review::

Traditions are important to me, and during the holidays we have many of them. From filling our Sparkle Box to communicating with Santa to putting a pickle on the Christmas tree, we have a lot of fun keeping these traditions alive, and I hope these traditions are something that the kids will do with their kids one day. Have you ever heard of the Jesse Tree Tradition? I had no idea what it was, but after checking out Countdown to Christmas with the kids, we will be starting a new tradition this year.

Countdown to Christmas isn't a book that you read in one sitting - it's follows the Jesse Tree tradition, and it's a book that you begin reading on December 1st and finish on December 24th.

What Is The Jesse Tree Tradition?

The Jesse Tree tradition is a very old Christmas tradition first started in medieval times. The tree is used to help tell the story of the Bible from creation to the story of Christmas. The name comes from Jesse, who was the Father of the great Jewish King David.

So now that you know what the tradition is, what’s the tree? In short, the Jesse Tree is Jesus’ family tree. It’s a small Christmas tree that you put paper ornaments on as you countdown to Christmas. Each ornament has the picture of a different person in the Bible, Jesus’ family.

And that’s where Countdown to Christmas comes in. Countdown to Christmas isn’t a book that you read in one sitting – it’s a book that you begin reading on December 1st and finish on December 24th. Each night, your family will read a story from the Bible (it’s just a page long) to learn about Jesus’ family. After you finish, you’ll place an ornament on your Jesse Tree. By Christmas Eve, your Jesse Tree will be filled up with ornaments representing all of Jesus’ family!

Countdown to Christmas isn't a book that you read in one sitting - it's follows the Jesse Tree tradition, and it's a book that you begin reading on December 1st and finish on December 24th.

By starting the Jesse Tree Tradition, you’re family is doing so much more than just putting ornaments on a little tree. Your family will learn the stories of the Bible and come to know Jesus’ family. Your family will learn that families are the most important thing in the world, even to Jesus. They’ll learn the importance of family and God’s role in family.

I sat down last night and explained what the Countdown to Christmas was all about and what the Jesse Tree tradition is to the kids. They were very interested! They sat down to look through the book and actually read the first few stories, unprompted! They asked if we could start the book now. I explained that we have to wait to December 1st, and they are excited to start reading and learning more about Jesus’ family.

Countdown to Christmas isn't a book that you read in one sitting - it's follows the Jesse Tree tradition, and it's a book that you begin reading on December 1st and finish on December 24th.

If your family is religious and knows Christmas is more than just giving and getting presents, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Countdown to Christmas. And why not start the Jesse Tree tradition with your family? It’s a fun way to learn about the Bible and Jesus’ family, and it’s an easy way to take a few minutes out of your day to praise Him as a family.

One more thing…did I mention that the author of Countdown to Christmas is only 11 years old?! Theresa Seidlitz wrote the book because “I wanted to see what it would be like to be an author and write a whole book! I also wanted people to know about Jesus’ family tree. I hope the book will make the Christmas season even more exciting for kids as they count down the days to Jesus’ birthday.”

You can learn more about Countdown to Christmas and the the history of the book on YouTube.

Disclaimer: I received a review copy of Countdown to Christmas in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Halloween Safety Tips For Keeping The Kids Safe While Trick-Or-Treating

The countdown to Halloween night is on! The kids are bugging me relentlessly about “how many more days” there are until they get to trick-or-treat. And while it’s fun to see ghosts and goblins and fairies and princesses running around asking for candy, it also can be a dangerous time. I mean think about it, you never know who’s door your knocking on or what kind of people you may cross paths with.

Halloween Safety Tips

I don’t normally take unsolicited guest posts, but when Crime Wire asked if I’d be interested in sharing this infographic with Halloween safety tips, I decided to take a look. And it’s got a ton of great information on it, so I thought it would be helpful to pass it along to you, too.

Do you take to your children about Halloween safety? We always trick-or-treat with the kids, and of course tell them not to run into the street, not to go to houses that don’t have lights on, etc. But there’s more to it than that, and these Halloween safety tips are a good place to start.

Trick-or-treating is a fun time, but can also be dangerous. Keep your kids safe by sharing these Halloween safety tips with them and by being involved.

You’ll also find additional Halloween safety tips here. What tips would you add?

Looking for some Halloween inspiration? You’ll find tricks and treats on my Halloween board on Pinterest.