Elf On A Shelf
As a kid, getting together with Family for a potluck Supper and a game or two of Rummoli was just Holiday fun. Thinking back, I’ve realized this was a tradition just as giving thanks on Thanksgiving is! Christmas is a time for sharing old and creating new traditions that also help inspire good in our children, and Santa becomes a big help despite the cost he incurs, lol
😉 Knowing that the big guy in red is magically watching them from the North Pole, brings out the good in kids and helps spark their imagination. What better way to keep that spark burning all December than one of Santa’s helpers who takes notes and reports back to Santa, .A.K.A. The Elf On A Shelf!
Now some of you may think this is a tradition worth steering clear of but for us it’s another way of inspiring the joy and imagination that makes Christmas & Santa what they are, as well as helping our little one to behave until Christmas. And having an elf who reports back to Santa on my sons behavior as a means to keep him from getting into trouble works just fine for me, lol!
Personally we find the original elf a bit creepy looking for our liking and wanted to do a playful Elf On The On The Shelf and found the cutest little guy at the Dollar Store, who totally fit the guidelines 🙂 He arrived with balloons to decorate the kitchen as well as a note with strict rules and a little surprise (Play Dough) for the little one.
Elfie, not very creative but something a 3.5 year old can pronounce, has pulled little tricks around the house since arriving. Some of his shenanigans included making snow angels with sugar, shredding some wrapping paper and shaving my head while I slept, leaving a note to say I needed a haircut 😉 This is the first year that we’re doing this and we’ve seen an improvement in our sons behavior, he cleans up after being asked only once which to me is a great start, lol. Either way I think it’s a great tradition to add even more excitement to Christmas for the kids and even for Mommy and Daddy who have the creative duties of fun things for the elf to do 🙂
Do you have any Christmas traditions, if so what are they?
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