Jingle bells, Batman smells….Christmas is rolling around again! In celebration of the festive season I have teamed up with 11 awesome Kiwi Mummy Bloggers to post 12 days of Christmas blog goodness. Make sure you check out the list at the end of this post, hit the links and discover some awesome Kiwi bloggers!
Don’t American’s have the best traditions? When I was a kid, growing up in small town New Zealand, I would watch the Halloween or Thanksgiving specials on American sit-coms, and wish we celebrated like they did. Over the top decorations, elaborate gifts – it all seemed so magical! Then I grew older and a tad cynical – “it’s just a marketing ploy. Total commercialism.” Well fast-forward to the mum version of me and I’m re-living my youth through my child, I want to give him all the magic and wonder possible. So far I haven’t quite figured out that it doesn’t take money to do this! Right – where am I actually going with this…oh yes! Elf on a Shelf!
If you’re unfamiliar, Elf on the Shelf is a Christmas tradition that was thought up over a cup of tea by American author Carol Aebersold and her daughter Chanda Bell. They took the idea of an elf, sent by Santa to watch over the kids before Christmas, commercialised it and turned it in to a best-selling toy.
Here’s how it works (the original Elf on a Shelf comes with a book explaining all of this):
- When the elf first shows up you need to give him (or her) a name.
- Each night the elf flies all the way back to the North Pole, using special Christmas magic, and reports back to Santa on how naughty or nice the kids in the house have been that day.
- Once he is finished dobbing on the kids and catching up with his elf mates, he zooms back home before the kids wake for the day.
- Being the cheeky elf that he is, he can often get up to mischief waiting for the kids to wake. So parents – here’s where you get creative. Make sure you move Elfie to a different spot after bedtime. Maybe he’s getting up to trouble in the pantry, or sneaking a peek of the presents under the tree. The more creative you get the better!
- There is just one rule: No one can touch the Elf. Genius.
- While he can’t talk, Elfie is a fantastic listener and would love to hear just what you want for Christmas. Again, genius.
We started the tradition this year. Our elf is called ‘Tinsel McChristmas’. Baby Mac thinks it’s HILARIOUS when he spots Tinsel in the mornings. And we’ve read the Elf on the Shelf book around a million times so far. Here is some of the mischief Tinsel has been up to so far:
For more ideas on where/how to pose your Elf on the Shelf check out the following sites:
- Skinny Mom: 101 Elf on the Shelf Ideas
- Mommy Upgrade: Elf on the Shelf Roundup
- BuzzFeed: 43 Awesome Elf on the Shelf Ideas to Steal this Christmas
- Totally the Bomb: 30 Totally Genius and Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas
- I Heart Nap Time: Top 50 Elf on the Shelf Ideas
What is your favourite Christmas tradition? Are you planning on starting any new traditions, like Elf on a Shelf, this year?
Don’t forget to check out the blogs below for more Christmasy goodness! Tomorrow you’re in for a treat with Lydia from Always Made With Love.
Day 1 (1st December) –Teacher by trade, Mother by nature
Day 2 (2nd December) – Mummy Do It
Day 3 (3rd December) – Sweet Mama M
Day 4 (4th December) – Lisasaurus
Day 5 (5th December) – Girl on a Mission
Day 6 (6th December) – Misses Mac
Day 7 (7th December) – Always Made With Love
Day 8 (8th December) – Dorothy Nada
Day 9 (9th December) – Mrs Cake
Day 10 (10th December) – Nesting in the Country
Day 11 (11th December) – Outdoorsy NZ
Day 12 (12th December) – A Kiwi Mumma