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Elf on The Shelf Returns!

Does your family participate in Elf on the Shelf? We are on our fourth year and we absolutely love it. The holiday’s have always been about magic and making the day meaningful in my family, so adding the elf has given us a chance to bring joy and magic back in to our daily lives. It also gives us the chance to see our kids react with genuine awe and excitement. So much of our world is filled with chaos, stress, and fear. It makes me sublimely happy that I can bring them innocence and joy even if it is only for a few weeks with the help fo a small stuffed elf.

We try to incorporate lots of different stories and bring in Jesus and the importance of giving during our month with the elves (yes I am that crazy mom that has two!) but we also try to have as much fun as possible with them. For us it isn’t about reporting back to Santa. It is about bringing joy and interacting with our kids all month long.

You can find dozens upon dozens of ideas all over the web, especially on pinterest. We are preparing for our two elves to arrive and I love to leave a letter from them for the kids. This year I found two different letters I love, and cannot decide which to use. I may print both and pick one in the heat of the moment when I place them the night before. What are your plans for your elves? Be sure to check out these two free printables for your letters, one from Yummy Mummy Kitchen and one from I Think We Could Be Friends, and while you are there see their ideas for elves and try a few!

He’s Back: Elf on the Shelf

Do you participate in Elf on the Shelf?

Since my kids are young and we all love fantasy and make-believe we decided to try it last year. We thought it might be fun for the kids. Turns out, it wasn’t just fun for the kids. We loved finding new fun and exciting ways to present and leave the elf each night. We even included a small written bible verse that had to do with the Christmas season. That way our kids were still learning about the reason for the season. Also, they got to participate in the part that is magical, and that allows for kids to just be kids.

This year we are very excited to start again. We start on Thanksgiving night. Once the kids are tucked in and sound asleep we find a new and adventurous activity for our little elf, named Jedi. This year we decided to start the visits off with a little fun. We started with a little banquet and had the elf bring the kids some Christmas pajamas and Christmas slippers.

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We want to extend an invite to all of you that participate in the Elf on the Shelf to share some of your ideas here. That way we can help each other out with ways to impress and awe our kiddos with the magic of Christmas all season long. Please feel free to upload photos in the comments!