Happy December! I can’t believe it is the last month of 2020. This year has been unlike any other, as we all know. I know things won’t magically get better once the calendar turns to 2021, but I for one cannot wait to put 2020 in the rear view mirror. Anyway, the holiday season is upon us, and even though things look and feel a bit different this year, that doesn’t mean my favorite Christmas tradition has to fall by the wayside. I’m not talking about the Elf (more on that later) or visits with Santa (through plexiglass with masks in malls that are certain to close any day now, hard pass), or the advent calendar. Oh no, I am talking about my favorite Christmas tradition. Fear! Remember, fear is Christmas magic! And in case anyone has forgotten about the Yule Log kids, I am here to remind you.

I have to say my idea of the Yule Log kids may be the best thing I’ve ever come up with as a parent. Combining my legend of the Yule Log kids with the Elf and Santa is a recipe for success. The last two days Charlotte has been apologizing, unprompted, for every terrible thing she’s ever done. It’s magical! In case you forgot, here is the story you can tell you own children to instill the fear:

On Christmas morning, families gather around the tree and the television set to play the Yule Log. The Yule log is a magical fire that is played on TV with Christmas music in the background. The fire of the Yule Log is made possible by the presents of the bad children from around the world that Santa throws into the fire on Christmas Eve night. These kids are called the Yule Log kids, and they are forced to watch their families open up their own gifts as they watch their presents burn. Yay Christmas!

So tell your kids they better behave or else they’ll be a Yule Log kid!

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