And This Is Why We’re Doing The Elf on The Shelf ®

And This Is Why We’re Doing The Elf on The Shelf ®

Too Soon?

It’s just that last year I read lots of social media posts on what everyone’s Elf was getting up to and kicked myself that I’d missed a trick all these years to get my boys to display their bestest, present worthy selves during the christmas season. It’s not that I jump at the chance to threaten them with the wrath of Father Christmas at every opportunity, it just helps when you have an extra tool in your parenting bag.

You see I love Christmas, I really do. When house hunting I judged houses by where I could out up the tree and luckily live in a neighbour hood which gets fully involved in all festivities (if you consider covering your house and hogging the national grid’s supply of electricity a festivity?) I also have a very large family who like to celebrate together and we’ve shared many happy memories over the years. Yup, chaos, fairy lights and glitter. I’m even smiling as I type.

I thought I had tried every Christmas tradition going, letters from Father Christmas, snowy footsteps up the stairs, magic reindeer food, milk and mince-pie out for Santa (we’ve stopped the Baileys as I couldn’t bear to share) to name a few.

The only problem was my boys were growing up.

I was on borrowed time for the magic of belief and was clutching at straws and pulling out all the stops to stretch it out one more year. Tween’s days were numbered and I was worried that the idea of a toy reporting back to the man in red would tip his belief systems over the edge. The Toddler was too young to understand it all so I watched from afar, but promised myself we will give it a go one day.

Why we're joining in with the popular The Elf on the Shelf® this Christmas

For those of you who have been living in a cave and wondering what on earth I waffling on about, The Elf on the Shelf ® is a scout elf you adopt from the North Pole (bear with me on this one) who watches what your children are doing during the day and report back to Father Christmas at night. He uses Christmas magic to fly around the house or where ever he may need to go. And where he ends up the next morning is the exciting part. Waking up and looking for him or her becomes a real Christmas run up tradition.

We have named our scout elf Parker ( I’ll explain that one, we’re a house full of males and Spiderman has featured heavily over the years, even the boys have joined in with the spider love occasionally, plus our favourite break is a Centre Parcs. it’s really not that creative but it was that or Batman, Bruce, Wayne or Buddy)

We’ll be registering Parker on the 1st of December when Daz gives us the go ahead to embrace anything festive.  I’m actually really excited about seeing what entertainment Parker brings us and although he might not be fully aware of what’s happening, we’re setting up a new tradition for Christmases to come.

I’m sure Tween will secretly enjoy working out where he ends up and although he won’t admit it, he’ll still be listening when I read The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition to Toddler.

Why we've decided to join in with The Elf on the shelf® this Christmas

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23 Comments

  1. 6th November 2015 / 7:13 am

    I’m sure baby R will love it hon, great way to get into the festive spirit x

    • 6th November 2015 / 8:44 am

      I’m hoping it will help keep it going now my older too aren’t into the festivities so much. I think I’ll get more out of it this year though!

  2. 6th November 2015 / 10:34 pm

    This looks lovely. I love a sprinkle of magic. I know I couldn’t keep up with it though, I barely remember to take the bin out.

    • 7th November 2015 / 11:01 am

      I’m sure it’ll take a while to get into the swing of it.

  3. 9th November 2015 / 7:29 am

    I can’t wait to see what Parker will be up to! I love the elf on the shelf but my little man is still too young to understand it. As soon as he’s old enough, he’ll be one of our Christmas traditions though! #sharethejoy

    • 9th November 2015 / 10:37 am

      I’m not sure the toddler will grasp the idea fully but I’m hoping it will stretch out my tween another year.

  4. 9th November 2015 / 10:23 am

    Elf on the shelf is lots of fun, I wish mine were younger again #Sharethejoy

    • 9th November 2015 / 10:36 am

      I must admit, I’m looking forward to getting back into the christmas spirit after a year off with the older 2.

  5. 9th November 2015 / 1:21 pm

    We had such fun with our Elf (imaginatively named Elfie…) last year and I can’t wait to get him flying around The Barn next month – so many more places for him to hide! Aside from the fact that the Elf itself is SO expensive it really is a lovely new Christmas tradition. Thanks so much for linking up at #sharethejoy x

    • 15th November 2015 / 2:40 pm

      I can imagine that there will be some great places for him to go in the barn.

  6. 10th November 2015 / 9:16 am

    Ahhh you really do sound like a serious Christmas lover!!! I love Christmas too, it can be a little hard to get that festive feeling here in the Seychelles and so I definitely want to get an Elf on the Shelf for my boys. Currently they are 2 and 3 months old so a still a little young I fear but I will definitely get one for next year!! A cute way to get into the spirit of things and festive covered blackmailing all at the same time haha!
    Ps I’m totally sure your tween will be into it too even if he does pretend he’s not!!!
    #twinklytuesday

    • 10th November 2015 / 8:28 pm

      I can imagine it takes an extra dose of imagination to get into the swing of it. I think any way to get them at their best is worth the effort too!

  7. Sugar&Rhubarb
    10th November 2015 / 10:15 am

    we are doing it this year!! I can’t wait!! I love love love love the idea of creating a little Christmas tradition filled with magic for my little girls.
    #TwinklyTuesday

    • 10th November 2015 / 8:29 pm

      I think it’s the idea of starting something new which they’ll remember for years to come is the best thing about joining in.

  8. 10th November 2015 / 10:36 am

    We have just received our very own Elf on the Shelf! And has it is for a blog review, I have already indrouced him to the kids. My youngest two LOVE it!! and I really wish I had started this tradition a few years ago #TwinklyTuesday

    • 10th November 2015 / 8:30 pm

      That’s good to know that even at 2 they get the idea of it, I’m so looking forward to starting, we’ll begin 1st December

  9. 10th November 2015 / 8:51 pm

    I’m doing Elf on the shelf this year too! So excited!!! xxx

  10. 12th November 2015 / 10:25 pm

    This is lovely. I must admit I had never heard of Elf on the Shelf until last year. Like you, I wonder if it’s a little too late in our house now. I’m also thinking it could be quite exciting as well as being a lovely tradition and I so wish I’d heard about if a few years back. Being a bit of a Mrs Christmas I’m surprised I haven’t. I could seeing myself getting to like this little chap. Nicky #twinklytuesday

  11. 13th November 2015 / 9:17 am

    I really need to get organised and plan out all of the activities for this year. I really love doing elf on the shelf, such a magical thing to do and the kids love it. #TwinklyTuesdays

    • 15th November 2015 / 2:35 pm

      I’m getting back into the swing of it this year after winding down for a while as my older two lost interest.

  12. 14th November 2015 / 8:02 pm

    I do love the idea of this. I think Zach is a bit young this year but I will definitely be remembering it in future years. I heard all about it last year but hadn’t paid any actual attention to what it was! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    • 15th November 2015 / 2:29 pm

      I’m too impatient to wait till my toddlers ready so I’m using the older boys as an excuse to try it out this year!

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