I read him the book the day after Thanksgiving, before putting him to bed, and showed him the elf. The book explained how you must name him once you adopt him, how he will come to your house around the holidays each year, how he watches you each day to see if you have been naughty or nice then reports to Santa each night. He has magical powers which allow him to fly to the North Pole and back to your house in time to be in a new spot in your house each morning when you wake up. You can't touch him though or he will lose his magical powers. Children are encouraged to talk to him and tell him what they want for Christmas, but the elf is under strict ordes not to talk to children. The game is to see if you can find his new spot in the house each morning after waking up.
Brody paid close attention to the book, soaking up the pictures.
The next morning, he woke up to find the elf in his very first hiding spot. I couldn't believe Brody remembered what I was talking about when I said, "find the elf." He looked and looked (with his hands in the air as if puzzled) before finding the elf on our shelf.
There he is!
Brody was so excited to find the elf. He kept screaming "ELF! ELF! ELF!" Though it sounded like he was saying, "ALF! ALF! ALF!" So, we appropriately named him "Alf."
Each morning, Brody wakes up saying, "Alf! Alf!" and we walk around the house until he finds the elf. This morning in particular was cute. When he found Alf on top of our china cabinet he let out a huge gasp in excitement and pride for he had found the elf!
***Disclaimer: We believe in Jesus Christ and that it is Christ who is the real reason for CHRISTmas. We find this only to be fun and entertainment while Brody is so young!
Do you have any fun Christmas traditions in your house?