Last year we had a special little visitor come to stay for the festive period, Edward the Elf.
I had decided that The Boy was old enough to enjoy the wonders of an Elf on the Shelf, but refused to pay £30.00 for quite frankly, a hideous looking thing which every other family in the world seemed to have. Therefore I set to making one on 29th November, seriously underestimating the amount of time it would take to sew one by hand. I finished it at 2.15a.m. on the night of 30th November, with sore fingers and eyes that could no longer focus. Nonetheless, Edward was a welcome, and slightly mischievious, member of the family for the advent period who reported back to Father Christmas on The Boy's behaviour, both good and the slightly not so good. He was also his little friend for the lead-up to Christmas, and The Boy loved him.
Edward returned to the North Pole to assist Father Christmas on Christmas Eve, but I've begun to think about his return and what things he and The Boy will get up to during December. Therefore when I was sent a Magic Door to review, I knew that it would definitely help hype up the return of the Elf.
A Magic Door is a small door set in a Regency door frame with a moving knocker and door handle. It fits flat against a wall or a chimney breast, and can be used to allow elves access into the house, not just as Christmas time as I can see it could be very useful for the Tooth Fairy too!
I've got skirting boards on all the walls in my house, so I decided that the best place for it would be against the chimney breast, next to the fire that Father Christmas travels down. I fitted it up using double-sided sticky-tape (as I knew The Boy would yank it off the wall with the enclosed Blu-Tack), scooped some ice (from the back of the freezer) in front of it, sprinkled the provided magic dust over the ice and knocked the front door secretly.
As predicted The Boy came running to see who was there, only to discover no-one, but as he walked into the living room he spotted the Magic Elf Door and was enchanted!
He was desperate to open it up and see what was behind, but it doesn't actually open and I told The Boy that it only opens one way and only for the person who has the key! We then had a highly amusing conversation about who might come through it, at no point did he mention Edward (hoping he won't be offended) but we did have some amazingly imaginative suggestions from him!
We then had to spend twenty minutes in silence watching the door for any more activity, although The Boy realised that whoever it belonged to was unlikely to come through with us watching. He did however see a hedgehog poke his nose through the door, which is fine because he's 4.5 years and if he wants to see a hedgehog, then he can see one!
I've got a lot more planned for the door before Edward's arrival on the 1st December, and I'm sure The Boy will throw a few curve balls at me as well (like the chocolate coin that his ice-cream van was supposed to leave when it went through to stock up on ice-cream at the North Pole, took a while for me to find one in the cupboard!), but it's also going to be a lot of fun. And earlier The Boy knelt down and whispered to Father Christmas (who was just behind it) that he'd 'like a remote control car please'. Very informative!
Magic Doors are available to buy from The Magic Door Store for £20.00 and come in a variety of colours. However, I am very fortunate to be able to offer one to a lucky reader of TheBoyandMe. Simply fill in the Rafflecopter form below for the chance to win one.
I was sent this product for the purpose of this review, my opinion (that I love it!) is honest and unbiased.