Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday Reads: The Elf on the Shelf by Carol V. Aebersold and Chanda A. Bell

The Elf on the Shelf was something I had heard about a few years ago, yet never really "got" until this year when our day home had one and the kids loved coming into the house and immediately started to hunt down the elf.

I immediately knew we had to have it!

Luckily, the Chapters nearest my work had a zillion of them in stock so a quick lunchtime trip netted me our new family tradition.

I am posting this review a bit prematurely...because I haven't actually read the book to my kids yet nor introduced them to their elf.  That will happen tomorrow, on December 1st, when we officially kick off Christmas in our house.  I wanted to get this review in early, though, in case it sounds so good that you think your family might like to incorporate it this year as well.  Just giving you mommas a little extra time.

First, let me talk about the book.

The book sets up the tradition perfectly - in its simple rhyme it tells the kids the elf's purpose and how it carries out the job.   It also outlines the rules for the elf - they can talk to it but no touching...or else it might lose it's magic.  The illustrations are bright and colourful, depicting the children spending time looking for the elf or talking to it...or the Elf carrying out its duties with St. Nick.

It is not a long story and the set includes a hardcover book with paper pages.  My only wish might be to have it in a board book instead for durability and so my kids couldn't destroy it. 

And then the Elf.

Our set came with a girl elf, which I think is perfect for my two little girls.   Honestly, it isn't much to write home about because it has a basic red felt body, classic elfin face topped with a red and white hat and a white felt collar around her neck.   The box says you can purchase a skirt separately, but it makes me wonder why they wouldn't just include it with the girl elf.  I'll probably knit her one.

You can name your elf and then register it on the Elf on the Shelf website.  I am looking forward to seeing what my kids come up with for her name.

The idea behind the elf is that each morning, the children can hunt for the elf to see where she has gone in the night and what she's gotten up to after her trek back to the North Pole.  There are a ton of online resources to help inspire parents to get creative with their elf's adventures.  Pinterest has a zillion ideas.  I plan to introduce our elf by having all of the holiday decorations in boxes in the living room and the elf sitting on the shelf with a note giving us heck for not having our house decorated for Santa yet!  I think that will go over huge with my girls, who have been begging for the Christmas tree for about a month now.  Now I just need 23 more ideas and we'll be set :)

The set is not recommended for use with children under 3 years of age.  If you want to follow the adventures of my family's elf, you can check it out on my Instagram

1 comment:

  1. I so want to do this tradition with Audrey!! I considered getting it this year "just because" even though I know she would have no idea whatsoever. I think I will wait until she is 2 or 3 though.

    I'll be following the Elf adventures at your house!


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