Many of the holiday traditions in the United States were brought here from the countries our ancestors were from. We finally have a contemporary holiday tradition that seems to be all our own. The Elf on the Shelf is the newest holiday tradition that American families are embracing wholeheartedly. The elf itself looks very similar to the elf my mom had on her Christmas tree when she was little, but it’s the fun activities that go with it that are new.
Here’s the story: One of Santa’s Elves has been assigned to come to your house. When the elf first arrives at your house, they must be given a name to begin their magic. Friends of mine have named their elves anything from Penny to Enrique to Mr. Elfington. This elf flies back the the North Pole to report back to Santa each night so that he knows which little girls and boys are on the nice list and which ones are not. Children can talk to the elves all they want, but they MUST follow the most important rule: The elf must never be touched or it will lose its magic. Now here’s the fun part. During the day, the elf does not move, however at night, this little elf gets himself into all kinds of mischief. The fun is finding the elf every morning and seeing what he’s been up to. Sometimes you might find him in the fridge after a night of snacking. He may even be found making snow angels in a pile of powdered sugar. Maybe he will be hanging upside down from the chandelier. The more creative you get, the more fun you can have. There are many websites out there that give parents some very creative ideas about what to do with theelf. I have a feeling that this new tradition will be spreading to other countries in the future. It’s a lot of fun for the entire family.
Thank you Cristy for sharing this lovely tradition with us. It sounds like a lot of fun for children! Readers: Would you be willing to start this new tradition? Would you like to share your own Christmas traditions?