We bought the door without having an elf. Bug was too young for the elf at the time and I hadn’t made the decision to start an elf tradition yet. I mean, the Elf on the Shelf doesn’t need a door – he flies to the North Pole every night.
But, I was just completely charmed with the door and how it worked. It was so cozy and cheery! Plus, I’d always had a fascination with magical keys. Who doesn’t? Needless to say, it came home with me when I left Target.
It also came with a free video card.
It’s super neat because the service generates a video of Santa that inserts a name into the video with a few details and photos that you choose for the recipient. It really is incredible. It’s super fun to send to adults too! When I discovered it a couple of years ago, I sent it to everyone I knew. They offer more elaborate “paid for” services, but the free one is definitely fun to try.
The door looks great wherever you put it. The first year I put it on the hearth of my fireplace and it really just looked like it belonged there.
The door is weighted – not overly heavy, but just right to just sit down without falling over or easily being pushed aside. It comes with a little key.
The best part? When the key is inserted into the lock on the door…
The door lights up and a magical winter scene appears in the windows!
The next year I put it on a shelf tucked back into my bookcase and it was just as much at home there. I think moving it around each year almost gives it a magical quality of its own.
The bad news is that Target no longer sells the door. The good news is that there is a company called Sealed by Santa that sells them in a cute little package that includes a “good” certificate, some reindeer food, and more. You can also sometimes find them on eBay.