The Elf on the Shelf

I first heard about Elf on the Shelf a few years ago (pre-Brody).  I thought it was a cute idea, but quite frankly the elf freaked me out a little and I didn't envision ever letting one hang around my house.  But, a couple of weeks ago my SIL told me about a friend of hers who had a little girl Brody's age.  She said her friend kept talking about how her little girl loved getting up every morning to find the elf.  So, the next day, I went to Borders and drove back home with an elf of our own.  Little did I know what a hit it would be with Brody at such a young age! 

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?


  1. I LOVE it! Especially the photos with your creative touch! Great disclaimer too. ;) I was concerned...Our fav tradition? Exchanging stockings? Oh wait, I know we have something. we don't. We should work on this...

  2. Our Christmas tradition was reading the Christmas story from the Bible before opening all of the gifts under the tree. I am so thankful that I got to be on the fun time of seeing Brody find Alf the first few days of Alf's arrival. I loved the way he always went back to the previous day's location and pointed to it showing how Alf was there the day before, but babbling that he now was in a new place, then running and pointing his little finger to Alf.
    P.S. Love your pictures! You have an awesome photographer who seems to capture some memorable moments in Brody's life!!!!

  3. We always read "Twas the night before Christmas" on Christmas even after we area all ready for bed (My in-laws and husband). We also go to the candle light service and then have friends over who do not have family in town for a Christmas Even dinner.

    We have the Elf too and it is fun even for Alex and I! We hide Susan's when we go to her house too!

    How did you do the fun edits to his picture? I am starting a cooking blog and need to know these fun things!


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