08 November 2011

elf on the shelf

I am sure that you all have heard about the adorable holiday tradition, Elf on the Shelf.
For those of you who haven't, here is a little synopsis from the Elf on the Shelf website.

"Have you ever wondered how Santa knows who is naughty and who is nice? The Elf on the Shelf – A Christmas Tradition is the very special tool that helps Santa knows who to put on the Naughty and Nice list. This interactive holiday hide-and-seek tradition is perfect for children and families of all ages.
The tradition begins when Santa sends his scout elves out to Elf Adoption Centers. Waiting for their families to bring them home, these patient elves hibernate until their family reads The Elf on the Shelf, gives their elf a very special name, and registers their adoption online. Once named, each scout elf will receive its Christmas magic and become a part of the family’s Christmas each and every year. 
Excellent listeners and even better observers, these scout elves are the eyes and ears of Santa Claus. Although they cannot be touched, or else they may lose their magic, the elf will always listen and relay messages back to Santa. Taking in all the day-to-day activities around the house, no good deed goes unnoticed; these scout elves take their job seriously.
Each night, after the family goes to bed, the scout elf uses his magical Christmas powers to fly back to the North Pole. Once there, the elf will make his or her daily report to Santa and visit with elf friends where they will tell stories about their beloved families, play with the reindeer, and of course, sneak some of Mrs. Claus’ cookies!
Before the family awakes each morning, their special scout elf will fly back to their home from the North Pole. However, since these elves like to play games, don’t expect to find them in the same spot!  While some like to hide in the freezer (probably because it reminds them of the North Pole) and others prefer to sit on the fireplace mantle or hang from the chandelier, these elves love to play hide-and-seek with their families.
On Christmas Eve, the scout elf will listen for Santa’s bell and then fly back to the North Pole until the next season, wishing every girl and each boy a Christmas of peace and a year full of joy. "

This is one tradition I can not wait to start!!  I purchased my very own Elf on the Shelf last year after Christmas for half off :)  I love the idea of having this playful little elf keeping his eyes and ears on our little one.  
I also LOVE the creativity behind the little elf antics that you can come up with each night after your kiddos are asleep :)
Here are some of the cutest photos that I found with "Elf on the Shelf" ideas:

Adorable right?  I can NOT wait!  Do any of you have this tradition with your family?  What are some cute ways that you have placed your elf at night?  I would love to hear any ideas that you all have!!
Thank you.


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  1. I have never heard of it, but that is such a cute idea!

  2. These are awesome! I wish we'd had this tradition when I was growing up - it's so creative and fun.

    In the first picture, am I the only one who noticed the juxtaposition of the elf and the "Hot Hollywood" issue of Maxim?? LOL!!!

  3. I had never heart of this before but I am set on making it a family tradition someday when we have children! How fun!

  4. I had never heart of this before but I am set on making it a family tradition someday when we have children! How fun!

  5. Oh my goodness!

    This is the best thing I've ever seeeeeeeen! I am totally lol right now.

  6. i can't wait to do this with my future kids too!

  7. Wow this is a cool idea, my grandchildren are here for christmas, just need to think up some ideas now!



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