Elf on the Shelf ~ A Christmas Tradition! Linky Party


I must have been hiding under a rock all of these years because 2011 was the first holiday season that I ever heard about the Elf on the Shelf Christmas tradition.  Yes, where have I been??  Last year….it was a little late in the season to get started so I figured I’d wait until this year to get our family a kit.  So I was thrilled when I saw them at a local shop (I paid $29.99 +tax) and am now searching online and pinterest for ideas to get our Elf as part of the family.
Here’s the story behind the tradition…..
Adapted from Wikipedia – the online dictionary
Every day from Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve, each family’s scout elf watches over the children and then at night, once everyone goes to bed, the elf flies back to the North Pole to report back to Santa about what activities, good and bad, took place throughout the day. Before the family wakes up each morning, the scout elf flies back from the North Pole and hides. By hiding in a new spot each morning around the house, the scout elf and the family play an on-going game of hide and seek. The Elf on the Shelf explains that elves get their magic by being named. In the back of each book, families have an opportunity to write their elf’s name and the date that they adopted it. Once the elf is named, the scout elf receives its special Christmas magic which allows it to fly to and from the North Pole. However, the magic might go if touched, so the rule for The Elf on the Shelf states: “There’s only one rule that you have to follow so I will come back and be here tomorrow: Please do not touch me. My magic might go, and Santa won’t hear all I’ve seen or I know.” Although families aren’t supposed to touch their scout elf, they can talk to it and tell it all their Christmas wishes so it can report back to Santa accurately. [read the rest of the story here>>

I figure that our Elf on the Shelf kit will “arrive” around Thanksgiving Day addressed to Spencer (my 6 year old).  I’m going to wrap it in kraft paper and “address” it to Spencer….leaving it in a safe place near the backdoor for him to “find”.  It’s all in fun! 
Since it has a story book included I think this will be a wonderful start to our holiday season.  Spencer will get to name our Elf and learn all about the tradition.   
I’m planning to get my oldest son involved in some of the moving of our Elf.  I’m not sure if our Elf will participate in mischief because I don’t want to confuse Spencer ….but I’ll see how it goes.  I know some may not agree that the Elf should do mischief — but that’s the beauty of the tradition; you can make it what you want it to be.  
I’ve collected a few ideas for our Elf on the Shelf tradition and thought I’d share them with you too.

Pinterest Elf on the Shelf Ideas



I can’t wait to share our journey with our Elf on the Shelf (yet to be named)


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  1. I had no idea what the story was on this until now…I am going to have to go order one quickly. Thanks for the awesome info.

  2. I’ve never heard of it either…..that is so wonderful.

  3. “Joey” shows up the day after Thanksgiving at our house and moves to a different area in the house each day. Tomorrow Liam will find Joey on top of a small mailbox I found in Michaels that has a letter inside from Joey. Scented Santa and Reindeer markers, a grow an elf, and scented bubbles will be on the table as a small gift. Joey doesnt get into mishief like some who have TP’d the house, spilled flour and the like only because he is not supposed to be moved and who wants the mess??!!(so wrapping him up like a gift may confuse Spencer because he is not supposed to be moved by anyone) We love it and it becomes a game each morning of finding Joey! Enjoy!

  4. I’ve had a great time with my kids and our elf, Willie. I wrote a letter that he will bring back from the NP from Santa tomorrow morning reminding them to be respectful of each other and to behave because Santa’s watching! I have to do a better job of the fun things. The problem is they are 7 and 8 and although they still believe, they might get ideas from the elf. LOL. Enjoy the fun! I’m so glad I bought Willie last year.