The Elf on the Shelf

Do you have one of these? Have you heard of it? If not (and if you have small children) you are missing out!

Meet Zachary!
This is our Elf. Zachary came to visit us last Christmas time. Zachary came with a sweet book telling all about Santa’s helper. My kids named him Zachary. (I’m not sure where that came from but it’s a cute name for an Elf, right?)

The book explains all about it but basically your Elf appears one day, sent by Santa, to watch over you. There are rules to follow: no touching or his magic will disappear, and he can’t speak to you (that’s Santa’s rule). He watches over you all day and then at night he flies back to the North Pole to report to Santa if you have been good or not. And this is the best part… in the morning when he returns he is in a different spot. So kids get to search the house to find their Elf.

How cool is that?!?!
So this year Zachary appeared again. My kids were so excited! They talk to him and tell him what they are hoping Santa will bring them. They search the house in the morning, giggling when they find him. They even say good night to him. It’s so precious!

Zachary ends up all over the house. He was on the bathroom counter one morning, which made my kids laugh. He ends up on the mantle or under the tree or in the kitchen.

I think this is about the best Christmas thing I have seen in a lot of years. It’s about magic and believing and to me, that’s what Christmas is all about. I love that my kids talk to him. I love that every morning they say “let’s go look for Zachary!” I love the looks on their faces when they see him and speak to him. It is magic.

So from all of us, including Zachary, Happy Holidays!

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  1. I love the elf on the shelf! I looked for him last year, but he was no where to be found! I’m going to search him out again!

  2. I bought this book/Elf for each of my little grandchildren this year, but so far the Elf seems to be creepy to them?!? 🙂 Maybe they’ll grow into it!

  3. That is so cute, I will have to see if I can find one!

  4. Our Elf is Joey. Like you, we have no idea where that name came from!

  5. This is a wonderful holiday custom and I know how much the kids enjoy it. They can’t wait to tell me what Zachary has been up to.

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  7. This little guy you posted about has brought back so many memories! I have four of these elves from my Christmas’ past. Many happy memories and they bring a smile to my face.

  8. This is funny – I just found YOUR blog yesterday! I clicked to follow. I love the theme…, easy, etc….I have a 3, 7, and 9 year old.

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  9. I’ve never heard of this, but then again I don’t have kids and my parents didn’t encourage the Santa thing when I was young either. Sounds cute though. Because of Zachary, I bet you have some really good kids for the month of December. 😉

    Thanks for visitng my blog, and you should try to make the candy wreath for your kids. I grew up enjoying my friend’s wreath year after year, so it became almost like a tradition.

  10. That is so fun! I’ve seen this in the stores, but never really knew what it was. Thank you for enlightening me! I found your blog by way of another and now you’ve earned my following!! Thanks!!

  11. We have Christina Marie Pop-in Kins. It is another brand, but the same idea. The kids love finding her all over the house and she has even snuck bites of candy canes and got into snacks in the kitchen. The first thing the kids do when they wake up is find where she is that day!

    Thanks for linking with Sugar & Spice.

  12. Elf on the shelf is soooo cute!!

  13. That sounds really nice. I would have loved this when my kids were small. My sister-in-law bought one last year for my nieces and nephew and they love it too.