Ghosts of Christmas Past

Memories and traditions courtesy of Elf on the Shelf, Betty's Attic and Acorn

Elf on the Shelf

HE’S WATCHING:  Whether you think the Elf on the Shelf is creepy or cute (we know which camp we’re in), kids might just be inclined to aim for the “nice” list when he’s parked near the tree.  As the legend goes, he’s a “scout” from the North Pole, sent to keep on eye on Santa’s biggest fans, watching their every move in advance of the big toy delivery.  Holiday hall monitor or Santaland snitch?  You be the judge.  Available online at and select area retailers.

OUR GANG:  If your heart doesn’t warm up just a little at the sight of this scrawny little Charlie Brown Christmas Tree, we’re pretty sure you’re a Scrooge.  Wrapped in Linus’ darling blue blanket and adorned with a single red ornament, it’ll take you right back to the first time you learned the true meaning of Christmas with the whole Peanuts gang.  Aw.  Get yours for $20 from Betty’s Attic online or at area Walgreens stores.

SWEET MEMORIES:  Make like the Cratchits this year and serve a traditional English Pudding at your holiday feast.  Delivered to your door from Acorn, it comes complete with brandy butter icing and a “traditional lucky sixpence”.  As the story goes, whoever finds this gold coin in their piece of cake will get some money in the new year.  Or a trip to the dentist on the 26th.  Order online for $39.95.

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