So the Elf on the Shelf?

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.

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7 Responses to “So the Elf on the Shelf?”

  1. Adrienne

    sORRY, It still creeps me out!

  2. Diana

    I have been eyeing The Elf on The Shelf for the past three years. The $30 price tag definitely been what has deterred me. $15? I’m there. Even $20 and I’d probably go for it, but $30 for a freakin’ elf doll?

    He looks so cute in the tree though… it WOULD be fun…

  3. Diana

    “definitely been what has”? Good heavens! Apparently I no longer speak English.

    You know what I mean.

  4. Jenn

    I love it! My niece was introduced to The Elf On The Shelf last year, and it was hilarious. We expected to have this very moving, Hallmark-movie moment where she would open the gift, read the story, and fall in love with her new friend. Instead, she went into panic mode, starting to cry, and said “Mommy, I don’t want the Elf to watch me!” She learned to love him, named him “Hippo” and according to my sis he is back out to keep watch this year. So in short…once you get past the initial creepiness and trauma…it’s quite cute! 😉

  5. Katrina

    I LOVE the Elf on the Shelf!

  6. Melissa M.

    Love it! We love our elf.

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