Elf On The Shelf.


Tip of the day: It's never too late to begin a new family tradition. After seeing this cute little Elf On The Shelf all over Pinterest and running into him at Target and Barnes & Noble I decided it would be a good idea to have him live with us at the cozy brick house.

On the last day of November the children unwrapped him, we read the story, then pronounced his name. Simon! Simon watches over us and reports our deeds back to Santa each and every night, the good and the bad. While we're asleep he also gets into a bit of mischief. Take last night for example. Our little elf friend found my new camera and snapped away. There are shots of him with our Santa pillow, in the (still undecorated) Christmas tree, and even one on sleeping Owen's head!


I'm a bit surprised at how excited I am by having him around. The children are thrilled too. So friends, do you elf? If so, I'd love to hear where you have found your elf in the morning.

Looking for more Elf On The Shelf inspiration? My friend see_jane on Instagram has all sorts of great ideas.

12 comments:

  1. I grew up with an elf on the shelf, and he had a dozen smaller elve helpers that we would have to seek out and find. They all now reside at my brothers, well the ones that didn't get chewed up by the dogs. cute post.

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  2. Our elf is Pinocchio, and my girls could not wait for him to show up this morning after his 11-month vacation! Our Pinocchio never gets into much monkey business, but he does find some very creative hiding places. Today we found him peeking out of the curtains, and tomorrow he will be in the glass cookie jar on the cookbook shelf. He really, really does a great job of keeping the kids on their best behavior all December long!

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  3. Hmm. We have the elf but he hasn't been out yet. I wonder if my boys would like to see him again. I love the idea of his camera antics.

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  4. I had never heard of this, but my daughter's kindergarten teacher does this. My daughter was telling me how they 'knew' he went and reported to Santa every night since when they arrive at school each day, he is in a differnt spot! Magic!

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  5. Sooo cute! We love our elf on a shelf but we've never named him! Maybe it's time...

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  6. I have to admit I don't know the story behind the Elf on a shelf! But I have one that belonged to my Grandma and Grandpa. It's my most treasured Christmas ornament.

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  7. I re-found your blog the other night...LOVE IT!! You are creative and darling. Thanks for share'n!!

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  8. I know you said it's never too late to begin a new family tradition, but mid-December would be too late to start, yes? :) I had never heard of Elf on the Shelf until a few weeks ago, but like you, I've been seeing it all over Pinterest, and it seems so fun. Then tonight my third-grader mentioned that they have one in their classroom at school! So I just ordered one. I'm still debating whether I can get away with starting yet this year. Maybe the elf could show up with a little "SORY IM LAT" note. :)

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