The first morning that Tickles arrived! Having a party with his buddy, Doggie.
Ok, so (no offense to the Elf on the Shelf lovers) I’ve always been creeped out by the elf and his creepy face. But when Carson and I went to Build a Bear, using a gift card from a friend, I got an idea! Tickles (as Carson had named him) would take on the same qualities as the Elf on the Shelf. The first morning he appeared, he had a special scroll from Santa’s top elf, explaining his special mission.
A difference between him and the elf is that Carson could touch and play with Tickles during the day. But at night, before he went to sleep, he would put Tickles’ Santa hat on to prepare him for his North Pole journey.
Although Carson enjoyed waking up every morning to find Tickles doing something silly, I think I had more fun setting it all up! This year, though, I’ve decided to shorten Tickles’ adventures a little. I won’t start until the 12th of December. When I’m teaching, it’s a little easier to set up 12 days, rather than 24. Also, check out my page explaining what we are doing this year for Carson’s Giving and Receiving advent calendar.
Bethany Baker is a Language Arts teacher for grades four through six at Burge Terrace Christian School and the mom of two ornery little boys who keep her busy with their sweet, dirty, silly, and wonderful antics.
She is also the wife of a wonderful husband, whose voice of reason keeps her imaginative ideas needfully tethered...well, most of the time.
In October 2015, Bethany published her first novel, A Light in Bailey's Harbor, set in Wisconsin, on the shores of Lake Michigan.
The verse that has kept Bethany grounded through the many hurdles in her life: miscarriages, having a child with a cleft lip and palate, learning how to jump the endless hurdles of the publishing world, etc. is Psalm 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God." He is faithful. Not on our time-table. Not the way we think it should be solved. But He is God, and He is faithful.