Sunday, November 28, 2010
It all started last year, as we came back from our Thanksgiving feast, we had a new bed time story to read to the kids. "The elf on the shelf" started a new tradition in our family, and from then on announces the start of the Christmas season.
It is supposed to make them behave since the elf is pretty much Santa's spy, and they want Santa to know that they are not being naughty. But most of all, it gives them something to look forward to. The first thing they do in the morning is look for the elf and then throughout the day they talk to him and interact with him. He is after all their way to communicate with old Saint Nick.
So if you do not already have one, I strongly recommend you get your own elf. The children will have a great time naming him; ours is Redstock, a combination of the color red and Woodstock (they are Charlie Brown fans after all), talking to him, welcoming him as a part of the household for the next few weeks and it will make them want to be nice. Will they succeed?