Elf Fun with Pop-In-Kins Newsletter September 2017

Greetings from Christopher Pop-In-Kins 

Have you ever opened a door for someone?
Cleaned your room without being asked?
Offered someone a helping hand?

These are called acts of kindness.  They are a way to make someone's day and make the world a little more special.

Christina Marie and I invite you to join us in making September 2017 an "Act of Kindness Month".  We have suggested an act of kindness with each day.  You can do that act of kindness or think of one yourself.  (I bet you can think of thousands more!)

Be sure to keep track of the acts of kindness you do this month then fill out the form below and send them to me.  

Christina Marie and I look forward to hearing from you.

September 1: Be Kind Day

September 3: National Bowling Day

September 5: Cheese Pizza Day

September 2: Bacon Day

September 4: Labor Day

September 6: Read a Book Day

September 7: Grandma Moses Day

Grandma Moses, whose real name was Anna Mary Robertson Moses (September 7, 1860 – December 13, 1961) was a renowned American folk artist. She began painting professionally at the age of 78. She is an inspirational example of an person who successfully began a career in the arts at an advanced age. 

September 8:
Dog Walker Day

September 9:
Teddy Bear Day

September 10:
Grandparents Day

September 11: Patriot Day

September 12: Encouragement Day

Roald Dahl (September 13, 1916- November 23, 1990) was an ace fighter pilot, a chocolate historian and a medical inventor.  

He was also the author of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" "James and the Giant Peach", "Matilda" and many more beloved children’s books.

September 13: Roald Dahl Day

 

Works by Roald Dahl

The BFG
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (screenplay)
Danny, the Champion of the World
Fantastic Mr. Fox
George's Marvellous Medicine
The Gremlins
James and the Giant Peach
Matilda
The Twits
The Witches
You Only Live Twice (screenplay)

 

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September 14: Coloring Day

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September 15: Thank You Day

September 16: Play-Doh Day

September 17: Constitution Day

September 19: Talk Like a Pirate Day

September 18: Cheeseburger Day

September 20: Gibberish Day

September 21:
World Peace Day

September 22: Elephant and Rhinoceros Day

September 23:
Pop Pie Day

September 24:
Bluebird of Happiness Day

September 25:
National Comic Book Day

September 26:
National
Pancake Day

September 27: Crush a Can Day

September 29: Koala Bear Day

September 28: Good Neighbor Day

September 30: National Museum Day

Please have your parent's permission to send this letter to Christopher Pop-In-Kins.
Click on "Contact Us" to send your Act of Kindness Letter to Us

Elf Fun Newsletter July 2017

Happy Canada Day

On July 1, 1867, Canada joined four provinces: Nova Scotia; New Brunswick; Ontario; and Quebec and became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain.  This date was called Dominion Day until 1982, when Canada declared complete independence from Great Britain.  In 1983, Dominion Day was officially renamed Canada Day.

Canada Day celebrations include parades, concerts, firework displays, and citizenship ceremonies for new Canadian citizens.

 

 

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July 5... Graham Cracker Day


There's nothing like making s'mores around a campfire.  
But it's always snowing and really cold, so Christina Marie and I don't recommend camping at the North Pole.  But we do recommend Mrs. Claus' indoor s'mores.  
Give them a try!   

Recipe: Mrs. Claus' Indoor S'mores

It's Christmas in July!  Coloring Pages

Click on the images below to print and color.

 

 

 

July 7...Chocolate Day

Elf Fun Newsletter June 2017

Mittens the Pop-In-Kins Cat now has his own Facebook Page.  

Click Here to "Like" his new page.

Summer is a great time to have a picnic.  Because it is so cold here at the North Pole, Christina Marie and I either have our picnics indoors or we "pop in" to the Children's World.

At our last picnic, we made these "Buggy Recipes".  We hope you enjoy them as much as we did. 

Elf Fun May 2017 Newsletter

 

 

"Your most important friendships should be with your own brothers and sisters and with your father and mother. Love your family. Be loyal to them. Have a genuine concern for your brothers and sisters.
---Ezra Taft Benson

May 4: Star Wars Day

 

May 5: Cinco de Mayo

 

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "Fifth of May") was established in 1863 by Mexican-Americans to honor a small band of Mexican soldiers and their unlikely victory over French forces in Puebla, Mexico on March 5,1862.

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in Mexico on a regional level with family gatherings and local parades.  However, the holiday is more popular in the U.S. and is a celebration of Mexican culture, of food, music,and customs unique to Mexico.

We invite you to join in the celebration of Cinco de Mayo with these tacos with a special twist: Double Decker Taco Cupcakes from the blog The Girl Who Ate Everything by Christie Denney.

 

May 9: National Teachers Day

Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions. -Unknown

 

May 13: National Train Day

On May 10 in Promontory Summit, Utah, the last spike (referred to as the "Golden Spike") was used to connect the final tracks.  The First Transcontinental Rail Line covered 1,912 miles and changed the future of trade, transportation, and communications in America.

Between 1863 and 1869, The Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads were laying tracks across the American frontier to tie the east coast of the U.S. to the west.  

National Train Day is celebrated on the first Saturday after May 10.

May 15: Dinosaur Day 

The Stegosaurus was a plant-eating dinosaur that lived in western North America 140 to 150 million years ago.  He was the largest of the “plated dinosaurs” and could measure up to 40 feet long and weigh 5,000 pounds.  Most were the size of a large modern day elephant or small bus. 
 
Stegosaurus was known for the line of kite-shaped bony plates on its back and the four large spikes at the end of its tail.  Scientists believe the plates were used to control the animal’s body temperature.  The spikes were used for protection from meat-eating dinosaurs. 

Dinosaur Joke:

Q: How can you tell if a Stegosaurus in your refrigerator?

A: The door won't close.

May 14: Mother's Day

Click on coloring pages to download and print.

May 29: Memorial Day

Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday in May and is dedicated to service men and women who gave their lives for freedom and country.

Memorial Day also marks the beginning of the gardening and summer seasons, even though summer will not occur until a few weeks later. This day usually includes the first family picnic of the year.

May 30: Loomis Day

Marlon Loomis believed it was possible to transfer messages without wire by using the upper atmosphere's electrical currents.

And on May 30, 1872,  Marlon Loomis patented his wireless telegraphing invention.  

Over the next 150 years, this invention has given rise to wireless conveniences such as cell phones and wifi internet.    

 

 

Elf Fun April 2017 Newsletter

 

 

 

Time for Baseball Season

One of my favorite games is baseball.  And now that spring is here, baseball will soon be in full swing.   

 
Playing baseball at the North Pole is not that easy.  The baseball is bigger than some of the elves.  Can you imagine catching a high fly ball during a snowstorm or running the bases in snowshoes?  

Oops! Lost another baseball!
 
 
And you have to keep your eye on the ball all the time. If you lose a baseball in the snow, it can take the rest of the afternoon to find it.
Like I said, baseball is not that easy.  Still, I love it.
 
Do you play baseball?
 
Christina Marie and I made a Word Search Puzzle for you.  It's all about baseball.  I hope you enjoy it.
 
                            

 

 

 

Click on coloring pages, Word Search, and month to download and print.

 

 

Blogger Comments

Lisadh on Squidoo: Christopher Pop-In-Kins, a Classic Christmas Shelf Elf

December 26, 2013

Before Elf on the Shelf, there was another Christmas Shelf Elf  A couple years ago I bought my kids the Elf on the Shelf gift set because I thought the idea of an elf who had to report to Santa about the kids' behavior was a clever idea. But I didn't realize that another Christmas shelf elf had popularized this tradition about two decades earlier.  Read More.

Santa Hollywood: News from the 2011 Toy Fair

February 23, 2011  

Did you know that before there was “Elf on the Shelf,” there were two other Elves on the Market?  Well all three were at the Toy Fair and I will give you updates on what they are all about. Read More.

The Elves Have It - Toy Fair News   April 1, 2011  Read More.

In the Know Mom: Christopher Pop-In-Kins

December 7, 2009

I just love the story about Christopher Pop-In-Kins.  I was looking for this very thing last year to start in our family, but only found another elf that really freaked me out.  This year on a trip to Colorado Springs in October, I ventured into a little Christmas shop and found Christopher Pop-In-Kins on their shelf.  Read More

In the Know Mom: Christina Marie and the Little Tree

December 25, 2010

We have a new elf to introduce to you, Christina Marie, Christopher’s little sister. Christina comes with an adorable book...It’s a heart warming story about how no matter what you do, if you try you’re hardest, you’ll be the best without even realizing how well you’re succeeding.  Read More

Just a mom's take on things:  Christopher Pop-In-Kins 

December 8, 2008

I don’t know how long my girls will continue to believe in the magic of Christopher Pop-In-Kins, but it really doesn’t even matter. The tradition is one that I plan to keep going as long as the girls are still at home during the Christmas season – and probably even beyond.  Read More

Nature Mom's Blog: Christopher Pop-In-Kins

December 5, 2008

I recently discovered a CUTE new toy for the holiday season…only this toy isn’t so much a gift but a fun new holiday tradition. It is the Christopher Pop-In-Kins doll and book. As we read in the adorable book that comes with this doll, Christopher is one of Santa’s little elves and even though he loves making toys for boys and girls he desperately wants to visit the children in their homes the way Santa does.  Read More

Inspiration Made Easy: 27 Fun and Easy Shelf Elf Ideas

December 3, 2014

As a house that has an Elf on the Shelf, or technically a Popinkins Elf, I am already planning things for our elf, Christina Marie to do.  I try to make them super easy and fun, and certainly nothing that requires mom (that's me!) to pick up a huge mess.  Read More

 

No More Believers in the House: Why We Still Do Elf on the Shelf

November 27, 2015

That’s right. Our last believer found out about the Elf on the Shelf two weeks ago, and we were all sad. We loved sneaking around the house every night trying to find the perfect spot for our elf to hide.  But we decided to keep our elf tradition going strong even after our youngest figured out the truth. Here’s why.  Read More

Veater Family: Fun Finds: Christopher Pop-In-Kins!

December 21, 2011

I have always loved the Elf on the Shelf idea, with one major problem...he's CREEPY!  He has that old-fashioned doll look that really scares the hebejebes out of me.... A few of my friends told me thay had a different elf named Christopher Pop-In-Kins who was actually cute and not creepy.  And as soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted one for my kids!  Read More

It's Gravy, Baby: The Adventures of Christopher Pop-In-Kins - Elf Fun

December 9, 2011

We started a new tradition this year.  A special little elf dropped in to keep us company for a few weeks.  Isn't he just adorable?  We love Christopher Pop-In-Kins but man is he sneaky!  Read More

Momma4Life: Review: Christopher Pop-In-Kins

November 30, 2011

This Book and doll set is the perfect thing to add to your Christmas Decor. Santa's First Elf based on the 1960's family tradition, Christopher Pop-In-Kins is one of the oldest Christmas Elf's available today. Read More

February 2017 Elf Fun Newsletter

People get tired of the cold winter weather and by February, they are ready for some warmth!  That's why there's "Hula in the Coola Day".

Toss your coats, mittens, and scarves aside and do the hula!  If you try hard enough, you may forget about the cold weather and trick yourself into thinking it's a hot summer day.

Christina Marie and Mittens don't guarantee this will work, but it sure is a lot of fun!

 Taste this creamy pineapple dip and you'll think you're soaking up the sun on the beach in Hawaii.    

Creamy Pineapple Dip

  • 2  8 oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese 
  • 1  20 0z. Can of Crushed Pineapple (drained well)
  • 1 small box of Jello Instant Vanilla Pudding

Mix Pineapple and Cream Cheese together then add pudding.

Enjoy now or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serve dip on graham crackers or Scooby-Doo Graham Crackers.

February 2: Groundhog Day

Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks and whistlepigs, grow up to 26 inches long and can weigh 9 to 14 pounds.  They hibernate or "sleep" throughout the winter in their burrows.

According to folklore, groundhogs wake on February 2 (the midpoint of winter) and venture outside their dens.  If the sun is shining and the groundhog sees his shadow, he returns to his den and winter continues for six more weeks.  If the day is cloudy and the groundhog does not see his shadow, spring will arrive early.

Click here to read more about Groundhog Day and the most famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil.

 February 4: Go to the Library Day

 

February 5: Western Monarch Day

Have you seen a Monarch Butterfly?  It is one of the largest butterflies in North America and its beautiful orange and black patterns make it one of the most recognizable.

There are two separate populations of Monarch butterflies.  The Eastern Monarch spends its summer east of the Rocky Mountains then flies up to 3,000 miles to live in Mexico during the winter.  The Western Monarch lives west of the Rockies during the summer then lives October/November through February/March in central California. 

Western Monarch Day is celebrated on February 5 in Pismo State Beach in California with numerous events.  But the main attraction is the thousands of Monarchs hanging in huge clusters on the eucalyptus and pine trees.  

Click on Butterfly to download and print.

Monarch Butterfly by AZColoring.com.

February 11: Make a Friend Day 

February 14: Valentine's Day
Will you be my Valentine?

What's a Tim Tam?

Every country has a special treat that seems like it defines the country.  For example: the United States has apple pie.  England has scones.  And when it comes to Australia, you have Tim Tams.

Tim Tams are two chocolate malted biscuits with cream filling covered in milk chocolate.  It was created in 1958 and named after a horse at the Kentucky Derby.   

Today, Australians eat 45 million packets of Tim Tams a year.  It is also one of Taylor Swift's favorite treats.

February 17: Random Act of Kindness Day

 

 

 

 

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Elf Fun Newsletter January 2017

Elf Fun Newsletter

January 2: National Motivation and Inspiration Day

You have a whole year ahead of you!  

What better time to be motivated and inspired!  

Now is the time to start making your life count!

Celebrate Festival of Sleep Day and catch up on a little sleep.  

Enjoy the day with a full 8 hours or just a cat nap.  Curl up in bed, on the couch, or any comfortable place. (But not in school or at work.) And don't forget your favorite stuffed animal. 

Do you like spaghetti?  It's one of Christina Marie's favorite foods.

  • In North America, the average person eats 15 1/2 pounds of pasta per year.  
  • The average person in Italy eats more than 51 pounds of pasta per year.  This would wrap the Earth in spaghetti-shaped pasta more than 15 times.
  • According to the International Pasta Organization, there are more than 600 different shapes of pasta around the world!
  • Pasta is available in many different colors. Most pasta is made with wheat products and is cream-colored.  Some pasta is made using spinach making it green.  Orange and yellow pasta is made with squash, red pasta is made using tomato, gray pasta that is made with squid ink.  Some pasta is called "cellophane" because it becomes transparent when cooked.
Did you know several holidays each year are for the birds?

National Bird Day is January 5 and was established to draw attention to the exploit of pet birds and captive birds.

Bird Day, first celebrated on May 4, 1894, is the oldest bird holiday and is often celebrated with Arbor Day.  This day gives attention to the conservation and awareness of birds.

International Migratory Bird Day, celebrated on the second Saturday in May,  focuses on birds that journey long distances at certain times of the year.  This day raises awareness of environmental problems leading to the decline of species.  

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It's Cuddle Up Day!  Grab a cup of hot chocolate (with plenty of marshmallows), put on your favorite comfy clothes, and cuddle up to someone special.

 

 

Rub-a-Dub Dub, Mittens in the tub!

Mittens the Pop-In-Kins Cat likes to celebrate holidays as much as everyone else.  But it looks like Bubble Bath Day is definitely not one of his favorite. 

Celebrate Apricot Day on January 9 with this delicious recipe!   

  • INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup diced dried apricots
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts
  • DIRECTIONS
  • Soak apricots in warm water for 30 minutes.  At the same time, in a bowl, cream the sugar, butter and egg.  Stir in orange juice.  Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir into creamed mixture just until combined. Drain apricots well; add to batter with nuts.
  • Pour into a greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 55 minutes or until bread tests done.
  • Cool 10 minutes in pan before removing to a wire rack.
  • Yield: 1 loaf.

January 10: Save the Eagles Day

There are more then 70 species of eagles throughout the world; three species in the United States.   Because of habitat loss, poaching, and dangerous pesticides, many varieties are dwindling and some are on the verge of extinction.  

Save the Eagles Day brings public attention to this problem with hopes to save these majestic birds from complete extinction.  

The Bald Eagle has been the national bird of the United States for over 300 years.  Due to the work of scientists and the protection of the species, the Bald Eagle was removed from the list of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in June 2007. 

Fun Facts about Eagles

  •      Eagles build huge nests out of sticks at the tops of tall trees or even on cliffs.
  •      Eagles can be found all over the world, except Hawaii.
  •      Adult eagles can have a wingspan of over 7 feet and can reach heights of 10,000 feet.
  •      Eagles eat fish and dead animals.  They can see prey from over a mile away.
  •      Eagles sometimes "play" by tossing sticks to each other in the air.
  •      When diving for prey, eagles can reach speeds of over 100 miles per hour.

 

From the health benefits of drinking it to the farmers and the industry producing it, this day celebrates the wonders of milk.

Click on Dot-to-Dot to download and print.

Celebrate Rubber Duckie Day on January 13 with this classic Sesame Street song "Rubber Duckie".Click on Ernie for Song.

January 17: Kids Inventors' Day

Happy Birthday, Benjamin Franklin.  Not only was Franklin a famous politician, he was a great inventor: the Franklin Stove, bifocals, the lightning rod to name a few.  At age 12, he invented the world's first swim flippers.

It is no accident Kid Inventors's Day occurs on Benjamin Franklin's birthday.

Kid Inventors’ Day celebrates the achievements of the youngest inventors and encourages children to be more creative.  Many people believe children don’t yet know how difficult many things are, and are therefore able to imagine much more than adults.  

Did you know children have invented many things we continue to use today?  Popsicles! Trampolines! Ear muffs!

At age 3, Louis Braille lost his sight.  In 1824, in his early teens he developed the Braille system while at The National Institue for Blind Youth in Paris.  

Almost 200 years later, American 17-year-old Ryan Patterson invented a glove with sensors that translates the hand motions of American Sign Language into written words on a screen.

January 16: Dragon Day

Click on dragon to download and print.

Dragons are mythological creatures.  Some are ferocious and some are very friendly.  Some are very large and some are tiny enough to fit in your hand.  

Some dragons can breathe fire while others have been known to turn things to ice.  

Harry Potter met some dragons in his stories.  So did the Hobbits.  Pete had his own dragon.  And Maleficent turned herself into a dragon.  

Some dragons are real (like the Komodo Dragon).  They are a lot smaller than the dragons we read about in stories.

Whatever type of dragon you may like, today is a celebration of dragons.  Enjoy! 

January 18: Winnie-the-Pooh Day

A.A. Milne (January 18, 1882-January 31, 1956) was a playwright, author, and poet and is best known for his children's stories about a little bear named Winnie-the-Pooh.

A.A. Milne's own son Christopher Robin Milne served as the basis for the Christopher Robin character in the stories.

Milne's son also had a collection of stuffed dolls including a teddy bear named Winnie-the-Pooh, a donkey named Eeyore, a tiger named Tigger, a kangaroo and baby named Kanga and Roo, and a little pig named Piglet.  The characters of Rabbit and Owl were from the author's imagination.

January 20: Penguin Day

Penguins do not fly.  Instead of wings, they have flippers to help them swim.

No penguins live at the North Pole.  The Galapagos Penguin is the penguin that lives north of the equator.

Penguins eat fish and sea life that they catch underwater.

Penguins spend around half their time in water and the other half on land.

The Emperor Penguin is the tallest of all penguin species, reaching up to 4 feet in height.   Little Blue Penguins are the smallest, averaging around a foot in height.

Emperor Penguins can stay underwater for around 20 minutes at a time.  On land the Emperor Penguins often huddle together to keep warm in the cold temperatures of Antarctica.

 

January 22: Polka Dot Day

Christina Marie is the Top Dot Fashionista with her polka dot umbrella.

Click on the picture above to download and print.

 
 
 

Happy Chinese New Year    

January 28-February 15, 2017

Chinese New Year is a celebration that lasts 15 days. The holiday is not given a specific date but is based on the phases of the moon.  In 2017, the first day of Chinese New Year begins on January 28 with the new moon and ends on February 15 with the full moon on the day of the Lantern Festival.  Also known as New Spring Festival, Chinese New Year celebrations include feasts, fireworks and gift-giving. 

The Chinese calendar follows a 12-year cycle. Each year is named for an animal: 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. 2018 will be the Year of the Dog.  The animals, in order, are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat (or Sheep), Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.  2017 is the Year of the Rooster.

According to tradition, Roosters are hard-working, talented, self-sufficient, and confident. 

Click here for more information on Chinese New Year and a variety of activities.

Click on the pictures of roosters to download and print.

 

January 29: National Puzzle Day

Can you find all these words in the puzzle above?  Words are up and down, across, and diagonal.  Click on the puzzle to download and print.  

APRICOT          CUDDLE          DRAGON          DUCKIE          EAGLES          FRIENDS          HUGGING          INVENTORS          JANUARY          OPPOSITES          PENGUINS          POPINKINS          SPAGHETTI          WINNIE

 

 

 

 

Word Search Answer 

 

Parents Comments

 For over 30 years Pop-In-Kins has been receiving letters from families who have made Christopher Pop-In-Kins a part of their Christmas traditions.  Here is just a sample of the letters addressed to Flora Johnson, creator of Christopher Pop-In-Kins, and other members of Pop-In-Kins Ltd.

I purchased my elf in 1988 and my young children and their friends absolutely loved him. They are now grown but we have a little great nephew that we would love to share this experience with. I also want to give each of my children their own elves/books for safe keeping ‘when the time comes.’ You have given such joy to so many children and parents!” – B.T., South Portland, ME

Christopher joined our family in 2008, and my 8 year twin boys eagerly awaited his return Thanksgiving 2009. We shared his story this year with our nephews. Their Christopher arrived yesterday! We are so happy that Christopher has truly become a “family” tradition! He gives so much holiday magic and joy, to the kids and grown-ups alike!!– Jennifer A., Manhattan, IL

I cannot thank you enough for continuing the wonderful tradition that your mother started. My husband has told me about him for years! I am so glad to be able to give him the gift of starting the same tradition of Christopher that he enjoyed as a child, with our daughter. I know they will cherish Christopher together!– J.S., Oklahoma City, OK

Our family loves Christopher. Our tradition started 7 years ago when my Aunt Karen sent him to me. Her family had always participated in the tradition. We have the cloth version. My girls look forward for when Christopher makes his arrival. They freaked out one year when our Christmas tree fell over and Christopher was hiding in the tree. They were more worried about him than the tree and the presents under the tree. He is a great family tradition. - Kris Johnson, Castlerock, CO

 

[Christopher Pop-In-Kins] has appeared at our home on Dec. 1 for almost 20 years. Each morning thru Dec. “Elf” is mysteriously found in a new location in our home. On Christmas Eve morning, Elf is found on our Christmas tree. The children were strickly forbiden to touch the Elf or he would return early to Santa. …Even as young adults the first thing they ask me when Dec. arrives is “Elf here yet?” This year my daughter Sarah is 24 and in her first home. My boys are John 22 and David 19 both in college. It’s time I passed the tradition to Sarah but I can’t part with my Elf so I am ordering three! Christopher is such a part of our family’s holiday tradition — I am so glad that I found this site so that the tradition can continue in my children’s homes ” – Joy Schumacher, Cambridge, OH

My mom started the tradition for me when I was in third grade. My sisters and I were always so excited for December to roll around so we could see him. This is such a great idea. I can’t wait to have a family of my own to share the tradition! ” – G. Costa, Wheaton, IL

I cannot thank you enough for continuing the wonderful tradition that your mother started. My husband has told me about him for years! I am so glad to be able to give him the gift of starting the same tradition of Christopher that he enjoyed as a child, with our daughter. I know they will cherish Christopher together!” – J.S., Oklahoma City, OK

Christopher Pop-in-kins is the best elf ever. He watches us if we are good and then reports to Santa. We will always love our little Christopher and he wiil sit on his little hiding spot and watch us every day until Christmas. And we will always believe in Santa!” - Nick, Ohio

My kids and I have enjoyed Christopher Popinkins for many years (they are now 21 and 19) and this year, when I took him out of the Christmas box, they both exclaimed that he should go to a new home, our wonderful friends with 4 year old twins.” – H.B., Golden, Colorado

We have one of the original “Christophers and…we used it for all of our grandchildren. Most of the granchildren are grown but Christopher still appears each year and the “big kids” look for him. Now it is time to get one for each of the 18 grandchildren… Such memories and memories are the only thing that lasts forever.  – A.B. Hartville, OH

He’s back & even cuter!  Christopher Pop-In-Kins originally came out in the mid 80’s! I remember my mom would place him around the house in different spots & each day I couldn’t wait to try & find him. I was so excited to see he’s back this year as we lost the original Christopher that was hand-made by the creator herself, Flora Johnson. I can’t wait to share this Christmas tradition with my children! by Rachaleee  December 13, 2009

 

Below is a comment sent to us from Phillip Dyer on June 27, 2008.  A response from Elf Fun with Pop-In-Kins follows. 

For shame! I just can’t believe that people who say they are so caring about familes and children and traditions would be so cut throat. It is obvious you are a cheap copy of The Elf on the Shelf. The least you could do was change the packaging! What an example to kids everywhere. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Get an original idea.  

by Phillip Dyer — June 27, 2008

 

Dear Phillip Dyer,

Thank you for taking the time to send us a comment. I hope you will also take a few minutes to read the following. Our book’s story is the same story as written by Flora Johnson in 1985. She typed the story, and created a hand-sewn doll, that she named Christopher Pop-In-Kins. Within her first year she sold the packaged book and doll in a local gift store. As that first Christmas approached, she made a batch of Christophers and had a kiosk in the local mall. And word of mouth spread from there. The original story that she wrote in 1985 is the same story today. Flora’s son, Rick Johnson, helped by her side, and was always encouraged by the kind letters that they received, describing the memories and traditions that Christopher Pop-In-Kins was creating among local families. In 2002, Rick set up a web site to offer the product, and within the first three years it was sold to individuals in 38 different states. In 2004, Rick took Christopher to Toy Fair in NYC, and to the Gift Mart in Chicago where he received an award. Rick started looking into mass production of the product; his mother and family had created thousands all by hand, and could not keep up with the demand. But that all changed in 2005 when Flora became ill and passed away. Rick was unsure of the future of “Christopher” but he knew he wanted to carry on his mother’s dream. By the end of 2005, Rick started assembling a team of creative individuals to take the story to the next level.

The book has changed from a small booklet to a hard-bound book; the rough drawings have evolved over the years and is now illustrated by an award winning artist, but the story has remained the same. The original cloth, hand-sewn doll has been replaced by a cloth and vinyl, pose-able doll, but it has the same characteristics as the doll Flora created: a big floppy hat, one large ear showing, the color and design of his clothes.

My understanding is that The Elf on the Shelf began its marketing in 2005. Twenty years before that date, Flora was creating and selling her original story and doll, describing Christopher’s “popping into” the children’s homes, playing a game of hide-and-seek, and reporting back to Santa on Christmas Eve. If you would like to see a copy of the story in the “booklet” form, please send me your address; I’d be more than happy to give you one. If you are looking for more evidence of our timing, please use some of the “time-travel” web site searches to locate the old web sites from 2002-2005.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Dave Kuntzman, President