I’m taking a break from Back to School items just for a minute to talk about, yes, Christmas. I know, I know – that’s the last thing you want to be thinking about right now as we are all trying to get the kids ready for school!
But, as I am sitting here typing this up and it’s 106 degrees outside (it’s literally that hot), Christmas is sounding quite nice right about now. Besides, we want you all to be super-dooper prepared this Holiday season and know about all the great toys that will be hot, hot, hot!
Have you heard of Pop-In-Kins the Christmas elves? We received a Christopher and Christina Marie and they are as cute as I was hoping. Not only have they won a bunch of awards (2011 Moms’ Best Award for Extraordinary Products, 2011 The Toy Man® Seal of Approval, 2011 Dr. Toy’s Classic Toy Award) but they have won over the hearts of both parents and children.
Here’s a little background and description for those of you who have never heard of these little Christmas Elves:
Christopher Pop-In-Kins was created in 1984 by Flora Johnson, a grandmother from Atwater, Ohio. Like the elf tradition Flora began with her own children in 1960, this adorable elf “pops in” from late November to Christmas Eve to visit children and share in the excitement of the holiday season.
In Flora’s story “Book One: Christopher Pop-In-Kins Pops In” ©1985, families are introduced to Christopher Pop-In-Kins, a little elf who wishes to visit the Children’s World during the holiday season. After much consideration, Santa grants the elf’s wish and declares Christopher to be “Santa’s very first Children’s Elf”. With the title, Santa also gives Christopher the following duties:
1. Christopher “pops in” to visit children from late November to Christmas Eve.
2. Christopher returns on Christmas Eve with a report on the Children’s World.
3. Christopher may play hide-and-seek but can only move to new hiding places when children are asleep or busy doing other things.
4. Children cannot touch Christopher. If this occurs, he must pop back to the North Pole to have his magic restored.
My son’s Kindergarten class had a Christopher Pop-In-Kins one year and it was the talk of the school! The kids loved it, the teachers really got into it and it was such a fun memory for our son.
Each Pop-In-Kins set includes a pose-able elf, an illustrated hardcover storybook, and a case for convenient storage.
The sets are adorable and such a fun way to start out the Holiday Season. This is a tradition you can start in your family and then watch your kids carry it over to theirs.
For more information, including where to buy and an elf blog, visit their website.