If you have little kids, you’ve got to have an Elf on the Shelf at Christmastime! My sister surprised our family with one a few years ago and he has become a favorite tradition for all of us. My daughter named ours Tootsie, and my Elf in-law is named Frodo. Love the names the kids come up with!
If you’re not familiar with The Elf on the Shelf, here’s the lowdown: When you order one, it’s shipped to you direct from the North Pole complete with your very own elf and a book explaining why he’s there. He’s there to watch the kids and report good or bad behavior back to Santa! Every night when everyone is asleep, he uses his elf magic to make the very fast trip back to the North Pole, deliver his report, and hurry back to your house for another day of observation. Each morning you’ll find him in a different place and the kids get to race around to find him. Often there’s evidence he’s been having some fun while you’ve all been asleep. (Thanks to my friend, Jen, for sending me this link with some great ideas for Elf Tootsie!)
We usually have Tootsie magically appear somewhere in the house the day after Thanksgiving. Christmas Eve morning is the last time we see him. That night he flies home to the North Pole to stay for the year (our basement doubles as the North Pole for Tootsie).
I’m going to share with you all the adventures we have with Tootsie this year. If you have an Elf, send me your photos, too, or post them on my Facebook wall. Let’s see who can be the most creative with their Elf. If you don’t have an Elf, I highly recommend ordering one from Santa (sometimes known as Amazon.com.) It’s huge fun, trust me!
Right now you can get The Elf of the Shelf with a bonus craft kit on Amazon for $29.95 and it ships for free. They have a few different elf options, including this blue-eyed girl elf wearing a skirt. Cute!
Head over here and check this out. I promise, you’ll be glad you did. I can’t wait to get Tootsie out and have some fun this Christmas!