November 3, 2017
Switch Witch

After Halloween we seriously had at least 4kg of candy in our house (maybe 5!), so I was glad when Elizabeth and Matthew demanded to know when Switch Witch was coming. Switch Witch is a tradition we started last year, when Elizabeth came home from school after Halloween and announced that her friend Olivia got to trade in her candy for a toy and she thought we should do this too. I was intrigued since Matthew has absolutely no self control when it comes to eating sweets so we thought we would try it. It worked very well last year, and this year when both of the older kids were so excited about a repeat it was clear that this is now Something We Do.


Elizabeth thought it should be Halloween night, but we decided to do it the 2nd in order to give Mom and Dad time to get organized. (Halloween was a Tuesday, and Wednesdays are already too crazy without adding unnecessary frivolity)


In any case, we let the kids eat the candy more or less unrestrictedly after supper those two days, and then they put all the rest outside their door to trade for a toy.


Elizabeth received doll clothes, Matthew got Lego and Amelia got playmobil. I was ambivalent about the doll clothes because I feel like she's getting too old for dolls and is imminently going to lose interest but she has been talking about such things non stop lately so we went with it.


Amelia did demand to have her candy back the following day and wasn't super excited to be reminded that she had traded it for a toy, but there was not too much drama in the end.


I was super relieved to put the candy away out of the reach of small children.

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