A few weeks ago I reminded Liam to be good because “Santa’s watching.” After that reminder, his face got serious, and he asked with a sincere heart, “How can Santa watch just me? He’s so far away, and there are lots of kids.”
(Hmmm… at the ripe old age of four, should he really be thinking about this?)
Enter: The Elf on the Shelf.
This book explains that Santa has sent an Elf (who comes with the book) to watch over our family throughout the Christmas season. Every night our Elf, who my boys named Strawberry, flies back to Santa to report our good (or naughty) deeds. Our Elf has been welcomed into our family with open arms. Each morning, by the time my boys are awake, Strawberry is back in our home safe and sound—we just have to find him. He usually hides someplace high—if we touch him, his magic could go away. Liam and Harrison are anxious to be the first to spot Strawberry every morning. Our Elf has truly brought some Christmas magic into our home!
Some of our favorite Elf hiding places have been our entry hutch…
Among our Christmas decorations on top of our family room entertainment center…
And Liam’s very favorite, with Baby Jesus…
Do you have an Elf on your shelf? How do you encourage your kiddos to be extra good during the Christmas season?
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