I admit it, the first time that I heard about the Elf on the Shelf I thought to myself: “I can’t possibly add one more holiday-related thing to do.” That was, until my son came home asking if we could buy an “Elf.”
I had heard about the Elf on the Shelf but never really understood the meaning behind this tradition. Nevertheless, I agreed to my son’s request. I bought an elf the store (a ONE dollar elf), and the rest is history… The idea according to the creators, Chanda Bell and her mom Carol (see article below), is that the elf will watch if the children have been good or bad and report back to Santa.
Granted, our elf keeps thing simple, he doesn’t travel around the house as other elves do. Our elf stays mostly close to the shelf above the chimney… Yet, every time my son finds the elf in a new spot, he is so excited. I ask him: “How does it happen?” He answers the exact same thing every time: “It’s Christmas’ Magic, Mom.”
Old traditions are nice to keep. Others -newer traditions- sometimes are worth exploring and even adopting. ~
ABOUT THE ELF ON THE SHELF
Just a few days ago this article came out, I finally learned the whole story behind the Elf on the Shelf. Two courageous ladies, Chanda Bell and her mother Carol came up with the idea to write a book and self-publish it. Years later, the book has yielded to this wonderful tradition that I have grown to love.~