*Re-Post* The Elf on the Shelf: Our Family Tradition Continues

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I am thrilled that so many of you love this idea- I’m re-posting this for any of you who didn’t see it!  Our elf will be making his first appearance any day now!


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Last year we started a fantastic tradition in our family, and I invite your family to join us as we continue with it this year!

I first heard of The Elf on the Shelf from my sister. A student of hers had one and told her about the story. We both decided that this was definitely something that we would share with our daughters.

The Elf on the Shelf set arrives with a book telling the elf’s story and an elf himself (available in different skin tones, hair colors, and eye colors).

This is the basic concept of the elf story: The elf works for Santa. Every year after Thanksgiving your very same family elf returns to your house from the North Pole. You see, Santa has so much going on in preparation for Christmas. He needs some extra help keeping an eye on all of the children of the world, and your elf has been assigned to your family by Santa to watch the children and their behavior.

Your family gets to name your elf when he first arrives.

Then each and every night, after everyone goes to sleep, the elf travels back to the North Pole to report that day’s behavior to Santa. The elf comes back in the morning, and hides somewhere in your house. Your family can have fun seeing who can find the elf in his new hiding spot first- BUT- the elf must NEVER EVER be touched by children- or else some of his magic might wear off, forever. On Christmas Eve, you’ll bid your elf goodbye. He will hop a ride back to the North Pole on Santa’s sleigh… until next year when he will be back!

I am so very excited to continue the elf tradition in our family this year. Even though she was so young last year, Lily Bean loved helping me find the elf each morning. I know she’ll have a blast with it and I’m hoping that she will give him a name on her own!

And so, of course, like so many things in our lives, I’d like to share this tradition with YOU! Check back each day after Thanksgiving to see where our elf was found. I will be adding a link on the top menu bar so that you can get to those posts easily.

Want to start your very own elf tradition? Look below for where to purchase. And please- if you blog about your own elf, leave a link in the comment section so that we can check out what other elves are up to! :)

Purchase the Elf on the Shelf from:

  • Amazon for $29.99 (Ships FREE)
  • Barnes and Noble for $29.95 (Ships FREE)
  • Borders (Backordered online)
  • Your local bookstore!

6 thoughts on “*Re-Post* The Elf on the Shelf: Our Family Tradition Continues”

  1. We started this tradition this year for the first time, and I started early because I was so excited and couldn’t wait! Haha. My twins are 5 and they LOVE Charlie. They love coming and seeing what he got himself into while they were sleeping.

    He was dropped off at our house while they were in school, that first night he went up to their room and had all their stuffed animals sit in a circle and he read his book to them because they were all so curious as to why he was here. The second night the tried to help with hanging up the Christmas lights on the banister but got all tangled up in them! And last night he put the tinsel on the tree because we forgot!

    It’s been really fun, and I can’t wait to see what he does tonight.

  2. I love that it shows the innocence of our children. I wasn’t able to be innocent as a child because of what my biological mom and her husband did to me, but I am so happy that I get to do this with my kids. I am so glad that my husband and I allow our kids to be innocent and just enjoy being kids.

    We live in Utah and there was supposed to be a huge snow storm 3 nights ago and all we got was a half inch of snow! The twins were so excited to be able to make snow angels. Maybe Charlie is going to make some snow angels tonight out of powdered sugar. On the kitchen counter of course!


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