Santa’s tiny helper visits the homes of little girls and boys at Christmas, and flies back to the North Pole each night. He reports to Santa if they’ve been naughty or nice, and what they really want for Christmas.
In the morning he’ll be perched somewhere different in the house, which will have kids excited to find where he might have landed.
Parents can find the retro-looking perky elf at most bookstores during the holidays, and apparently he has his own website with a string of little videos you can watch with the kids. He comes with a book explaining the Christmas tradition, and I only wish it also came with a list of suggestions where to put him each morning (it can get old) and excuses for when you forget to move him.
Every family is supposed to name their elf — back in 2008 we welcomed Chazz Star into our home. Chazz usually makes his first visit after we put up our Christmas tree. Last night we found him on the dining room shelf when we returned from vacation. When he was still on the same shelf in the morning, my husband quickly explained that Chazz probably needed to observe the kids a little more before reporting back to Santa, since we were gone most of the day before. They bought it, so, whew.
I searched to see if there was an iPhone app for an Elf on the Shelf reminder of some sort, but I didn’t find one. Someone should really get on that.
In the meantime I’ve set my phone’s alarm for 10 PM every night. I’m determined not to slip up again. Chazz returns to the North Pole for good on Christmas Eve and won’t be seen again until the next holiday season, to the relief of parents everywhere.
Do you have an Elf on the Shelf? Where are some great spots to put him? How about excuses for when you forget?
ED: Just after posting I saw that Babble’s Kid Scoop has some adorable ideas for your Elf on the Shelf!
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