Family traditions are so important, especially around the Holidays. They create fun anticipation and help us laugh and smile when things get hectic. While there are so many different traditions to celebrate the Christmas season, in my opinion, Elf on the Shelf is one of the most fun Holiday family traditions around. What is it, you ask?
If you purchase an Elf on the Shelf set (we’ve been selling them over at ChocolateCakeClub.com for 6 years), you get a poseable Elf and a beautifully illustrated book that explains the tradition. Your Elf has a job to do. He or she sits in your house during the day but then at night, the Elf flies back to Santa to report on who has been naughty and who has been nice. (Parents, that includes you too.)
Why would kids like that? Well, here’s the fun part. When the Elf comes back in the morning, he’s sitting in a different part of the house. It is the ultimate hide and seek game. Now we have been doing Elf on the Shelf for 7 years now (OMG!!!) and our kids still wake up every morning and run around the house trying to be the first to find the Elf.
Now some parents say they don’t like to focus on the negative or reporting kids’ bad behavior. That’s fine. Even if you don’t want to have the kids worry about being naughty or nice, the hide and seek aspect of the tradition is a blast for kids, no matter what age. You can do all of these ideas with any Christmas toy. Even when they get older and no longer believe (gasp!) they can still enjoy it and take turns hiding or staging the Elf for the rest of the family.
You’ll see online that some Moms scoff and view this as just one more thing they need to do during an already crazy, busy Season. I get it! If that’s the way you feel, don’t do it. However, for the amount of fun that this tradition has brought my family, I’m totally willing to put in the extra effort and create some Holiday magic. Your kids grow up SO FAST. There are a very limited number of Christmas Seasons in which to enjoy the magic of believing in Santa. Take advantage and hopefully my series of tips will make it easier and inspire you to have some fun.
Now, as I said, we have been doing this for 7 Christmas Seasons now so we have done a lot of right and a lot of VERY WRONG things. I want to share many of these experiences with you (and hopefully you’ll comment and share your tips back) so that you and your family fully enjoy this tradition.
Throughout the next 3-4 weeks I’ll be sharing:
- Ideas on how and when to get started
- How to name your Elf
- Hiding tips and staging ideas and what is appropriate for each age range
- What to do when you forget to move your Elf
- Extra fun ideas to do with your Elf even when Christmas is over
Please check back every day for new inspiration. Next post – When to Start Your Elf on the Shelf Tradition. Have you started the Elf on the Shelf tradition at your house? How did you find out about it?
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