Silently I’m snickering to myself about my two Elf On The Shelf purchases today.

I intentionally didn’t get them Elves last year (or the year before) as I wanted them to be well-aware of them and the meanings. Plus I really thought they were too young to get it and fully enjoy it.  Now at nearly 6 and 3.5, this Christmas tradition will be fun with the kids and I.  Unlike some dads, I’m certain Nils will want nothing to do with it.

The whole concept is behind the fun is that Santa knows who is naughty or nice. The scout elf [in our case two – one for each child] is sent from the North Pole at the beginning of the holiday season (normally around Thanksgiving and leave on Christmas Eve with Santa) to help Santa Clause manage his naughty and nice lists.  When a family adopts an elf and gives it a name, the elf receives its Christmas magic and can fly to the North Pole each night to tell Santa Claus about all of the day’s adventures. Each morning, the elf returns to its family and perches in a different place to watch the fun. Children love to wake up and race around the house looking for their elf each morning.  

There are two simple rules that every child knows when it comes to having an elf.

1. An elf cannot be touched; Christmas magic is very fragile and if an elf is touched it may lose that magic and be unable to fly back to the North Pole.

2. An elf cannot speak or move while anyone in the house is awake! An elf’s job is to watch and listen.

As added fun, some Elves can be very mischievous and do some naughty & silly things at times. Some families just move them around the house and the kids search for them.  But I think it’s fun to do a mix of both. 
While it may seem like a lot of extra effort, I think it’s fun that the two elves can get into trouble together too – just like Soren & Maebh.   I’ll be sure they are introduced and sent her as brother & sister.

Here are just a few examples of photos others have done. Really the ideas are endless…and can be so funny.  

While I have some time, I need names and I think the girl is going to be PIXIE and the boy is ASTEROID but have been toying with ASTRID & OBILIX.  Once they are named that is it, that is their name FOREVER!    More about The Elves and my plans later.. but for now, I just need to intercept the packages being delivered by the postman and hide them.

UPDATE:  Our two Elves have arrived.  Now names are in order along with their entrance plan, though the kids do know that Santa is sending special helpers instead of Herbert the Penguin.

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