Holiday Gift Guide – Review and Giveaway: Christopher Pop-In-Kins

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Like most families, we have our holiday traditions. And they involve what most of you would consider the ‘usual’ ones – going through the Advent calendar every December, or setting out cookies and milk for Santa on Christmas Eve. But thanks to Christopher Pop-In-Kins, we have a wonderful new tradition that I know we’ll be enjoying for many years to come.

What it is:

CP-Celeb23Years-Low Christopher Pop-In-Kins is the story of Santa’s “very first Children’s Elf”. It was first introduced in 1985 by Flora Johnson of Atwater, Ohio.  Inspired by Flora’s children and grandchildren, Christopher Pop-In-Kins is the story of an elf that longs to visit real boys and girls. Santa grants his wish by allowing him to arrive in a child’s home just after Thanksgiving and stay until just before Christmas Eve:

Each day, Christopher hides in a different place – up out of reach, where he can see clearly. This one-of-a-kind Christmas story includes a special game of hide and seek that never grows old. Where will Christopher pop up next? In the Christmas tree? On the mantle? Above the window? Each day brings a new surprise and sense of wonder for children of all ages, and heart-warming holiday memories with each passing year. Families read together, play together, learn, laugh and share in daily holiday fun when one of Santa’s elves comes to visit for the season.

Christopher Pop-In-Kins has been reintroduced in 2008 and is now available in a beautiful hardbound book, newly illustrated by award-winning illustrator Brian Bradway. The set comes complete with a handsome, sturdy storage case and an adorable, poseable Christopher Pop-In-Kins doll that has passed rigorous safety testing.


Christopher Pop-In-Kins received the 2004 Chicago’s Choice Award at the annual Chicago Gift & Home Market Show.

Here’s our take on it:

ChristopherPop-In-Kins_004My girls could hardly wait to read the book once we received it. I was very impressed right away with the quality of the book – it’s hardcover and the illustrations are beautifully done. We read it several times at bedtime, and the girls immediately became extremely excited about the idea of Christopher actually hiding in our house.

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I really do think that my girls believe in Christopher. From the way that they excitedly look for him every morning, to the way that they specifically make sure not to touch him, so that his magic won’t go away – they talk about him as if he’s actually really a little elf coming to peek in on them. I’m afraid to come right out and ask if they believe – because I don’t want to put the idea in their heads that he might not actually be real. I love that they are having so much fun with this.

Christopher has hidden in various places around our living room so far. Such as on top of the china cabinet:


And even in the (still undecorated) Christmas tree:


It actually was kind of nice to see something on the tree finally, lol.  🙂

Every morning, one of the first things that the girls do is look for Christopher. And even on the one morning when (ahem) Christopher hadn’t found a new hiding spot (oops), they simply figured that he probably liked where he was sitting (on top of the entertainment center) so much that he just decided to stay there another day (phew!).

The bottom line:

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. What a wonderful holiday gift for the children in your house or family to enjoy this year and for more to come!

Where can you find it?:

You can purchase Christopher Pop-In-Kins directly from the website at, by calling 1-866-ELF-KINS, or from other retailers such as Amazon. The list price for the set of hardcover book and poseable doll is $24.95.

Would you like to try it?:

I have the opportunity to give a copy of this beautiful set of book and doll away to a lucky reader! If you would love to include Christopher Pop-In-Kins in your family’s holiday traditions, here are the rules:

  1. Enter by checking out Christopher Pop-In-Kins and leaving a comment here to tell me one of your family’s current holiday traditions. Please don’t just say ‘choose me’, or your entry will be discarded.
  2. The contest will run until Thursday, December 18th at 11:59 pm EST. The winner will be selected through random drawing, contacted by e-mail, listed on this post and also submitted to PRIZEY.Fetch. This giveaway is open to the US and Canada.
  3. Please leave a valid e-mail address or other way to contact you! If you don’t wish to leave your e-mail address, please make sure that you leave a unique name and check back with PRIZEYWinners to see if you won. If the winner hasn’t responded within 3 days, an alternate winner will be chosen by random drawing.
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So that’s a total of 5 comments/entries if you do all of the extra entry options.

Good luck!  :)

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED – the random number generator has chosen comment #132 as the winner:


Congratulations to Beverly M (no blog) who said, “We order chinese and watch “It’s a wonderful life”.”! I will be e-mailing you shortly to work out the details.