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I've heard of 'Elf on the Shelf' from you ladies a few years back but never incorporated it into our Christmas routine. Considering the tousles my youngest two sometimes get in with each other, it could be an awesome thing to do, to nod over to an eavesdropping elf and say, "The elf is watching you".
I largely forgot about this tradition but I had three, yes 3! moms email me this morning about a funny blog a mommy wrote called, Over Achieving Elf on the Shelf Mommies. To preempt that link, there are some rough around the edges language in there but I'm going to admit to head nodding and laughing as I read it.
In the blog you can get the general idea of how the elf works but if you want to explore other feedback Amazon has several listings of reviews and sells the kit: The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition to get one started.
Do you have an elf on the shelf tradition in your household? If so, does your elf get into mischief or is he just hanging out to report back to Santa?
Okay, I guess I "you snooze, you lose" on this one. I went to Books-a-Million last night and they were all out of the Elf on the Shelf set that I had seen less than a week ago. At that time, there was a lot there. I suppose I should have been there early to get the worm. :)
Were any of you lucky enough to get an after Christmas deal on an elf?
I was soooo tempted to pick up the elf and book set while Black Friday shopping. I had it in my hand for $24.99 when it's typically $29.99 at Target. Considering I'm on a much stricter (single-mom) budget, I didn't grab it. I'm hoping to find a better price between now and Christmas or maybe after Christmas for next year.
In the mean time, I love looking at ideas from all over the net. If you find good ideas, post them to share.
Are you doing Elf on the Shelf at your house?
We are starting The Elf on The Shelf tradition this year!! My sister decided to get it for my son as an early Christmas present, so we will get it tomorrow and start having fun with it. I love how creative people are with this and cannot wait to try some of them and dream up some more of my own.
Our elf moves around but he has to learn the bible verse of the day to take back (we memorize Luke 2: 1-20 during advent - the Christmas story). If he doesn't move, it means the kids didn't teach him the verse well enough. We don't do the whole 'the elf is watching you' thing - or even that Santa is watching. We just have fun with it and nothing crazy with the setting up of the elf. Just hiding him somewhere new.
Some of these are repeats but number 19 is so good I had to add it. Too funny!
Number 4 would have my kids in stitches. I had to lol at that thought.
Thanks for the link Shawn, my husband and I are having so much fun with this!! Our 5 year old son just giggles and giggles everytime he looks at our elf. We haven't come up with a name yet, but when we do, we will have the elf write Sawyer a note one night and sign it with his name.