Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Elf on a Shelf- A Family Tradition

Good Morning!  I wanted to share a fun family tradition you can start with your families.  My girlfriend Susan told me about this and thought it would be fun to share.  It turns out that there is a book and elf you can find at your local malls or online but when I went to search for it I found the elf to look a little "scary" !  for me   I wanted a cute elf.  So off to Target I went and found this cutie for $3.99.  I added some ink to his face for cheeks and sprayed him with glitter.  You can see the "real" elf on the shef" in a picture below...
Anywho here's how it works:

The Elf on the Shelf children's book written by the mother/daughter team of Carol V. Aebersold and Chanda A. Bell is a wonderful tradition to start with your children. The book tells the story of a secret elf who comes to stay with your family for Christmas to keep an eye out for naughty or nice behavior..
Bring the book and the elf out around Thanksgiving and read the story to your children or grandchildren and introduce the elf to them. You will be asked by the book to name the elf. After you finish that you can go the elfontheshelf.com and register your elf's new adopted name.

The book tells the story of an elf that Santa has sent to keep an eye on the children's behavior. Each night the elf uses his magic to go back the north pole and give a report, when he comes home each night he finds a new hiding place in the house, so use your creativity when finding new and unique hiding places for him. It is fun to watch the kids race around each morning to find his new location.

Explain to kids that each year after Christmas the elf will return to the North Pole to help Santa get ready for the next year's Christmas so that you can pack him away until next year, though he could make periodic checkup throughout the year to ensure good behavior.

Isn't this a fun little thing to keep those little ones behaviors in check!  Our elf came to visit two days ago and keeps showing up all over the house!  Have fun  with this!  xoxo

Here's the real mccoy, vintagy but not cute enough! maybe that's what he's suppose to do!  Scare the kids into being good!  Ha hahahaa!  


  1. When I was growing up we had an elf like the elf on the shelf. We didn't have the tradition that he would keep an eye on us though. But it was fun to watch where he would end up each day. We kids would sneakily place him in new positions each day. The rest would keep an eye out to see where he ended up. Sometimes we would find him hanging from the light fixture, or sitting on a book shelf. I made one for my own family, but they never quite caught the vision of my family tradition. :)

  2. We started this last year and our elf, Max, was a little late on his return. The kids kept asking where he was and finally he showed up on Saturday. It's fun to find a new spot for him each day -- the tricky part is remembering to relocate him each night before bed. Have fun with it! Happy Holidays!


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