Hey everyone!!! Well, with turkey day behind us it is time to move forward into another Christmas Season!!! The tree is up and it is time to start decorating the rest of the house!!! I love pulling out all of our decorations and the memories that come with it. I love seeing the kids excitement as the put their ornaments on the tree. Traditions are such an important part of the holiday season. I love our old traditions and I love creating new traditions. A couple of days ago I was visiting with my sister-in-law and she was telling me about an awesome book. Many of you may have heard about it, but for those who haven't yet, I am speaking to you!!! It is called The Elf On The Shelf.
Here is the plot of the story found here at Wikipedia.
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.
Doesn't it sound FUN?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ok, so to help you start this tradition I am going to list some fabulous links.
The official Elf On The Shelf site is a lot of fun. On this site you can visit and explore the North Pole. When you visit different parts of the North Pole their are activities, games, coloring pages and more!!!!
If you want ideas for your Elf, visit Blossom Bunkhouse with 101 Elf On The Shelf ideas. CUTE stuff and will help you keep the traditions going!!!
If you use Pinterest, just type in Elf On The Shelf and there are sooooo many ideas.
If you need to buy a copy of the book Amazon has several different packages that contain both the book and the elf with other bonus products in the packages.
Now that this great idea has been brought to my attention, I am noticing the Elf On The Shelf EVERYWHERE(there is even a movie)and I am looking forward to enjoying it with my children.
Lets go CREATE some amazing traditions!!!!!!