You always tell your kiddos that Santa knows if they are naughty or nice, but do they really believe you? Well if you want to really get them in the Christmas spirit, here’s a fun way! It’s called an Elf on the Shelf!
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The Elf on the Shelf tradition actually originates from the children’s book, Elf on the Shelf:A Christmas Tradition, by Carol Aebersold. The story explains how Santa can tell which children are being naughty or nice by putting elves in homes from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve. The elf receives its magic after being given a name, which your kiddos can write down in the back of the book. Once it’s given a name and magic, the elf reports to Santa the children’s behavior and activities each day for the duration the elf is in the home.
The elf is supposed to be moved into a different position each morning, without your kiddos knowing. The children are not allowed to touch it, and parents aren’t supposed to touch it in front of the kiddos, or it will lose its magic and not be able to tell Santa how good the kids have been. Does this sound like a fun, new tradition to start? If so, here are few activities that you can do with your Elf on the Shelf!
The elf can be a tool to reinforce certain habits. The moms on MyMommyStyle, use their elf as reminder to eat healthy foods!
The Elf on the Shelf can also be a cool reminder tool! For example, the elf can remind a little one who is potty training, that they need to go when they wake up in the morning. The elf can also be used to remind them to brush their teeth or to tie their shoes!
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Get creative with your Elf on the Shelf! Instead of hiding him in a boring spot, make it more extravagant or more difficult to find, so the kids have more fun hunting for the elf!
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I hope this post gives you some inspiration and a new Christmas tradition! Have fun! Please share your Elf on the Shelf ideas with us! Tweet us @JBFFranchise.