Our Newish Tradition: Elf on a Shelf

A few years ago I heard about the Elf on the Shelf and went on a search to find one for our home. It wasn’t easy (today that have a stack of them at Borders) but I found and purchased it and brought it home. After packaging it for “shipping” it landed on our front door by magic and we excitedly allowed Buddy to open it.

Inside he found a vintage-looking elf and a book. The book explained that our new elf was sent by Santa and would watch over the kids and fly back to the North Pole nightly to report to Santa. When he returned he would sit in a new spot. He was never to be touched, or his magic would go away.

The first thing we had to do was name him. Buddy was four so we came up with Snowball Jingle Bells. Now, every year after Thanksgiving a package from Santa magically appears at our door (a USPS Priority box is the perfect size for the Elf on the Shelf). The kids open the package and welcome Snowball Jingle Bells back!

Each morning it’s a big excitement for them to find the elf. He hides in all kinds of places, on our Christmas Tree, in the kitchen, in stockings, in candle holders. He’s a very creative hider. When he stays in the same spot we know he really likes that spot. (It has nothing to do with the parents forgetting to move him. Nothing at all).

This year the Elf on the Shelf put out a video showing the elves’ training. The kids really enjoyed seeing their elf on the computer. They now have elves of different ethnicities, so you can find an elf that looks like your family.

Merry Christmas!

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