Elf on the Shelf: Our New Holiday Tradition

The other day a close friend of mine called and asked if she could bring my girls their Christmas present because it was something they could enjoy starting now and for the entire holiday season.  I said, “Sure!” and my friend arrived at my doorstep with a package that said,”Elf on the Shelf”.

That evening before my girls went to bed, we opened the Elf on the Shelf box and pulled out the story book explaining the holiday tradition.  As it goes, you first name the elf and then place the elf on a shelf, mantle, bookcase, ect.  Then every evening after the children are fast asleep, the elf flies to the North Pole to report to Santa.  He tells Santa how your child has been, ie. naughty or nice and also tells Santa what they’d like for Christmas.  When the elf arrives back to your home he moves to a different spot and in the morning the children are to find where the elf is sitting in your home.

The story is adorable and my girls are curious and delighted by the elf’s next move.  They swear that the elf has moved his head, arm, legs,  throughout the day and their innocent belief in the magic of Christmas is adorable.

So, now we have a new tradition to add to the holiday season… Elf on the Shelf.

Disclosure: The Elf on the Shelf was given to my girls as a gift from a family friend.  The opinions expressed in this post are mine and mine alone and are not influenced in any way by anyone.

Courtney Lawless

Courtney is the traveling mom! She has 3 girls and is the founder of Detroit Mommies and currently lives in Florida. You can follow her on Twitter @courtneyRVL.

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