This is our first year doing the Elf on the Shelf. Ella really loves looking for her elf every morning and I often catch her chatting with her about Christmas and Santa. I’m not doing creative scenes and placement of the Elf just yet. I figure I don’t want to set the bar too high. (See this humorous post of a mom who did: The Fall of the Elf on the Shelf.)
This is the first Christmas in at least 13 years that we have stayed home. Since my baby is due any week now, I can’t fly like we usually do for the holidays. Criddle (our elf) seems to be the only one flying this year. I’m still bringing her between homes when we drive to the Grandparents’ house, though. Ella gets so excited to find that Criddle has followed us. It takes some clever maneuvering to sneak the elf around. I run back into the house once everyone is in the car and get a paper bag in which to hide her. Then I try to go into the new house first and quickly place her. You can carry on this tradition wherever you travel. Whether in a hotel or someone else’s home, I guarantee your kids will be excited if they find your elf has joined you in your travels. It’s fun to keep the magic alive.
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