A Christmas Tradition

December 7, 2013

Every family has holiday traditions that they cherish year after year.  Never would I have imagined that The Elf on the Shelf would become one of my family’s favorites!  My youngest son’s godparents gave him The Elf of the Shelf kit in 2010, when he was just one year old.  At first, I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of presenting the strange little elf to my young children and having to think of something creative for 25 days in December.  However, once I read them the story and saw the wonderment in their eyes we were all hooked.  My oldest son, two at the time, named our elf “Ernie” – we imagine he got the name from Sesame Street.

A Christmas Tradition Photo 1

Now, my husband and I welcome Ernie’s arrival each year on December 1st.  He has proven to be most helpful in ensuring good behavior for an entire month!  Ernie reports back to Santa daily about healthy eating, good sleep habits, sharing, patience and whatever we may need to reinforce at the time.  I wonder, is there such a product for adults?

A Christmas Tradition Photo 2

Our elf is no ordinary elf.  Just ask the boys and they will tell you, “Ernie is one naughty elf!”  Our elf is a little mischievous and likes to have a lot of fun.  We have had more fun coming up with things for our little elf to get into each night. Often times we find ourselves arguing about what he’ll get into next.

A Christmas Tradition Photo 3

Some of the kids’ favorite Ernie shenanigans are:  rolling the office with toilet paper, brushing his teeth, zip lining across the living room, getting into sweet treats, arts and crafts, baking and getting into trouble with the playroom toys.

A Christmas Tradition Photo 4

I must admit, there are nights that we fall asleep without relocating Ernie from the night before.  When this happens the boys know that Santa has put Ernie in a “time out” for one night for the mischievousness from the night before.  😉

A Christmas Tradition Photo 5

If you ever find yourself out of Elf on the Shelf ideas shoot me a Facebook message or an email and I can send you more photos and ideas.  The possibilities are endless!  For now, we are going to continue to embrace this fun tradition until the magic of our elf wears off.

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