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Friday, December 4, 2015

We Are an Elf on the Shelf Household...

We have an Elf on the Shelf.  In fact, we have three.  Crazy, I know!  One is enough, trust me, but there's a reason we have three and I'll get to that in a second.  The Elf on the Shelf has gotten a lot of slack in the social media world.  It happens every year.  For some people it just seems silly to have an elf come in to your home for four weeks out of the year to make sure kids behave.  For others it's just good ole Christmas fun.  And now psychologists are saying that we are teaching our kids that it's OK for the government to spy on them.

Below is a picture of our three elves taken by B on the morning of their return this year.  (L to R): Snowflake, Charlie, and Maddie




Elf on the shelf marshmallow idea with woody from toystory - snowball fight!:
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For us?

It's tradition.
It's seeing the look on the girls' faces each morning when they finally find them.
It's fun.
It's a special part of Christmas for us.
It doesn't take the place of discipline in our house.


Our girls know that they are expected to behave at all times.  The Elf on the Shelf is just an added bonus.



Elf on the shelf ideas. This mom even created a facebook page for their elf. Lots of cute pics. This one is hilarious to me for some reason.:
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Our first Elf on The Shelf arrived about 5 years ago on Black Friday.  B and Mel were super excited.  Through the last five years he has toilet papered our Christmas tree, hung upside down from a kitchen light, found his way into the Nativity scene, taped himself to the wall, found a straw and helped himself to a bottle of syrup, and many more things.  When he's not into mischief he is just hanging out on a shelf somewhere in our home.

Last year, two more elves joined our family.  Why?  Maybe I'm crazy...and trust me, at 11:00 at night when I not only have to move 1, but 3 elves I think I'm crazy too, but my kids look forward to this every year.  It's become a tradition, so I thought someday when the girls leave home and start their own families (I'm not trying to rush time), they may want to carry on this tradition with their own kids.  So, while the magic of Christmas may fade as they get older, hopefully this is just one of the many Christmas traditions that we do as a family each year that they will hold in their hearts forever.

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