Last year, my family missed out on the Elf on the Shelf, a super cute Christmas tradition. I thought it was a brilliant idea but I didn’t get around to it until it was too late. And I certainly don’t want that to happen to my Smarty friends. So let me tell you a little bit about this fun tradition.
Elf on the Shelf is the brain child of a mother/daughter team who had this tradition in their homes for generations. It stemmed from the idea that children are baffled as to how Santa really knows who’s naughty and nice. Their answer came in the form of a small pixie-elf.
The elf usually arrives in the home around Thanksgiving time and his sole responsibility is to observe children’s behavior and report it back to Santa EVERY night (see, I told you this was brilliant!). The next morning, after the children wake up, they will find the elf back from the North Pole (with the help of mom & dad:-) and he will be resting in a different spot. You can get creative with his locations – in the pantry, in the bathroom, wherever. It will become a contest of who can spy the elf in his new spot. Rules come with this elf (love rules that don’t come from me!) and the children can talk to him, but cannot touch him. The elf is under strict orders not to talk to the children, but he is under no such orders when it comes to conversing with adults. Basically, this product of creative marketing will give you an extra behavioral tool in your household that will be way better than the ‘ole coal in your stockings empty threats! I have a funny “coal in your stocking” story from my Christmas – last year, my hubby forgot to put a stocking stuffer in my stocking. Actually, he forgot to wrap even a single gift for me from Santa. There was one from him, but not Santa. My 7-year-old is still talking about my bad behavior in ’07 and wondering if it has improved this year!
I cannot wait to bring this elf tradition into my home. If your children are not in elementary school, you can probably come up with your own elf and do something just like this for a little less $ (they are usually around $28-ish and come with a cool box and hard-cover book). But my kids heard all about this little elf last year so they will be anxiously awaiting his arrival. But not more so than this Smarty mom who can always use a little help with the discipline in her household. I should have busted the little elf out in July!
You can find Elf on the Shelf in lots of locations all around Charlotte. I have seen them in Alphabet Soup Gifts in Sharon Corners, Milky Way on East Boulevard, Tennille & Co on Selwyn, Poppies in Birkdale – basically all specialty gift shops and book stores too. So have fun with this and share some of your funny elf stories!