The first time I saw the Elf on the Shelf I was intrigued. He looks so much like an elf my grandmother had in her house every year, so his face brought be back immediately to the magic of Christmas as a kid.
But I hesitated adding the tradition to our house. Maybe the price point of the “package” made me hesitate–not sure.
Flash forward a few years to last week when I realized that after 14 straight years of having a “believer” in my house I have only a few years left before we stop leaving cookies out for Santa. Tears immediately sprung to my eyes. I began to re-think the Elf. Would it be too late to introduce the tradition? Would they buy it?
The answer is a resounding YES!
Remember these are all boys here. Cheers went up when the Elf was pulled out of the bag. The book was read twice the moment it was opened. He was immediately named Canoodle (you have to name him to give him his magic). They* hear him doing things–trying to kick out of the package the first day, notice small changes–when he turns in his position. THEY HAVE NOT TOUCHED HIM ONCE. And the best part? I hear my youngest talking to him (I have to get this on video).
The first morning he was found in a tree.
This morning he was getting in a little reading.
There’s a bit of stressed involved in figuring out what to do with him each night, but having the boys bound out of bed wondering aloud where Canoodle will be this morning??
*Should anyone reading this know my teenager, I’m am sure he would want me to clarify that he is not taking part in this Elf thing. As his mom, I want to clarify that he is so amazing about keeping the secret.