It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas!
Family, sleigh bells, cookies, stockings and presents – these are some of the things that pop right into my head when I think of Christmas. It’s the time of the year to be jolly and bright. Spreading the Christmas cheer all around, and showing love to one another.
I introduced The Elf on the Shelf not too long ago to my family. The thought of my little girl’s eyes lighting up and her heart filled with the Christmas spirit was my biggest reason for introducing The Elf on the Shelf to my family.
I have a big love for the festive season. Wanting them to feel the same way that I do is all I ever want for Christmas.
How I Introduced The Elf On The Shelf To My Family
On the 1st of December 2018, Santa sent one of his very own little helpers to my home. Yes, all the way from the North Pole.
He arrived with a letter full of instructions and a bag full of candy.
My daughter, Zipporah, named him Bernard. From one of her favourite movies, Santa Claus.
The letter explained to my little girl that she had to be on her best behaviour. She had to do her best to be kind, listen to Mummy and Daddy and have lots of fun. I mean isn’t that every parent’s dream?
Bernard would fly back to the North Pole every night and report to Santa. Would Zipporah make the naughty or nice list? We all wanted to find out.
There Are Some Rules
Our tiny guardian from the North Pole had three very important rules that needed to be followed. I’ve added a personal twist to the last two, but there’s an easy-to-follow traditional guide from The Elf on the Shelf website.
The first rule is The Elf is never to be touched or he loses his magic.
Poor Bernard never wants to lose the one thing that makes him special. After all, what’s a Christmas Elf without Christmas magic.
Cinnamon is like vitamins for Elves.
If by any chance Zipporah touched Bernard, we had to sprinkle cinnamon all over him and wait for a health certificate from Santa.
Rule number two is that Bernard would not speak or move when she was awake.
Just like hide and seek, the seeking is part of the fun. He also can’t talk but is a great listener. Little ones can share secrets and wishes with their Elf as often as they’d like.
The last rule is to have lots of fun.
The Scout Elves land in a different spot in your home every night, when they return from the North Pole. There are many simple and creative ways to go about this, check out some “elf ideas.” Your child will wake up with something to look forward to every morning.
Bernard has made Christmas even more magical for us as a family for the past two years. He’s brought joy and excitement, love and of plenty laughs. Especially when the games begin.
Even the older siblings jump in as they all work as a team to make sure he’s found a new spot every day. The Elf on the Shelf has become a special tradition in my home. And that’s amazing to see as a mum.
A Little Something Different
After a rollercoaster year, I decided that Christmas this year needs to be extra special.
Bernard officially arrives on the 1st of December. And he’s bringing a special friend, Snow Flake. Double the trouble. Double the fun. Double the excitement.
Parents, get yourself The Elf on the Shelf this Christmas from Oodles of Caboodle and fill your home with giggles, love, joy and Christmas cheer. All you have to do is believe.