newest family tradition: the elf on the shelf

I decided the other night that since my daughter is approaching her third birthday, it’s high time we started a holiday family tradition of our own. I’ve opted to introduce her to The Elf on the Shelf, a Christmas tale of how Santa knows who is naughty and nice. The hardbound children’s book comes in a keepsake box along with a small elf doll. The doll is available in both sexes and in two skin tones. I wish they would offer hair color choices – currently only available as a brunette. The set can be purchased at most large brick and mortar retailers or virtually anywhere online.

I think the hide-and-seek part of it is going to be so much fun for the hubby and I! Here’s the gist: Every day from Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve, the family’s elf watches over the children. Once everyone goes to bed, the elf flies back to the North Pole to report back to Santa. Before the family wakes up each morning, the elf flies back and hides. By hiding in a new spot each morning the elf and the family play an on-going game of hide and seek.

The book explains that elves get their magic by being named. Once the elf is named, the elf receives its special Christmas magic which allows it to fly to and from the North Pole. However, the magic might go away if touched, so the golden rule for the kiddos is “Do not touch” the elf. It’s not going to be an easy task for my baby girl.

It’s going to be so much fun coming up with crazy fun ideas for each day. In need of some inspiration? An internet search will yield a multitude of results. Moms all over are sharing their ideas on Pinterest. However, most of these are for older children. Since my kiddo is a toddler we’re going to have to make the hiding spots obvious. I came across a few blog posts with toddler specific ideas. Thank you Holly and Jenna for making our first year, with Ella the elf, much easier!

I can’t wait to watch the animated movie! As part of its holiday cartoon lineup, CBS will be airing The Elf on the Shelf on December 14, 2012.

It seems everyone is on the Elf bandwagon. Get on board!


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