This year we are creating new traditions with our very own Elf on the Shelf. We’re joining the club. I’ve always enjoyed looking at what fun shenanigans everybody else had their elves get into – and now we get to participate!
Our elf won’t be here to spy and report back to Santa, though. Nope. He’s just going to be a fun little guy, more akin to the kindness elves I’ve seen around. There may be a bit of innocent mischief, but no real trouble will be had.
He’s going to prompt us to bake and decorate cookies, donate toys, and do other things like that. Though he might do some silly things here and there for our amusement. (Snow angels with powdered sugar, anyone?)
Our plan is that a gift box will arrive, and when Evan opens it, he’ll be greeted by the elf with a note. There will also be books and a movie for the boys to enjoy during the holiday season. As this is the first year doing the elf, the note will have to explain the premise. As we aren’t doing the traditional Elf on the Shelf thing, we’ve decided to skip the book with the original story.
I’ve looked at a ton of book choices for what to have the Elf, and here is what he is bringing this week:
- Polar Express
- The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice
- Bear Stays Up For Christmas
- A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas
- Littlest Christmas Tree
- The Gingerbread Pirates
- Movie: How The Grinch Stole Christmas
I have a much larger list of books (and a couple movies) that I want him to bring, but there’s always next year. Here are the other things on my wishlist:
- How The Grinch Stole Christmas
- The Christmas Wish
- Can You See What I See? The Night Before Christmas
- Llama Llama Holiday Drama
- Christmas Around the World
- Little Blue Truck’s Christmas
- A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree
- Snowmen at Christmas
- A Frozen Christmas
- Movie: Prep and Landing
I’m so excited for this Christmas season, and to finally get to involve Elf on the Shelf in our traditions. How about you? Does your family have an Elf on the Shelf?