Ok, if you haven’t heard of Elf on the Shelf yet, you MUST be living under a rock. Just kidding, surprisingly a lot of people haven’t heard of it. Our lives revolve around it this time of year and has for the past 4 or 5 years which is why we know ALL about it. If you already know about these elves, you can just skip down to the pictures.
Elf on the Shelf is an Elf that is sent here from the North Pole to watch over your child and make sure he/she is on their best behavior until Christmas. Our’s comes Thanksgiving night and leaves every year on Christmas Eve. He/she reports back to Santa each night and lets the big jolly man in red know if your child has been good or bad. Our elf’s name is Eddy. Eddy comes back each morning and is hiding in a different spot every time. Sometimes he’s just hiding in the tree or hanging on a picture. Other times he gets into mischief.
This is our first year that we have TWO elves!! Bubby (my son’s best friend that is living with us) asked for an elf of his own last year and thanks to the magic of Christmas, we now have welcomed Milo into our family!! It’s pretty awesome to have two now. They get into all kinds of trouble together!!
Sometimes they leave little gifts for the boys or little messages, like telling them to do 3 good deeds for the day, other times it’s just a delight to watch them search around the house in the morning for their little elf friends.
There are a few rules, however. They cannot touch their elf or else the elf will lose his/her magic. We have a little emergency kit of red and green glitter that we can sprinkle over our elf, in case of accidental contact. My kid reads my blog so please keep that in mind. But do you guys love Pinterest as much as I do?? It’s amazing all the great ideas you can find on there!!
Each year on Christmas Eve, our elf leaves a little gift and a note letting Jayden know that for a very short time, Santa has lifted the no touch rule and your child is allowed to touch and hold and hug their elf to say goodbye and then he/she places the elf on or near your Christmas tree before they go to bed. When they awake, the elf is gone until the next year, but Santa has been there so the sadness of the elf being gone is usually replaced by the excitement of presents!!
Anyway, there’s all kinds of info. on these guys on the internet so if you have little ones or just want to see how creative some of these elves are, just head to the interweb or better yet, Pinterest.
I’ll leave you with some fun pix from this year and years past.