Mommy Monday: The Elf on the Shelf Tradition

Elf on the Shelf 2014- First Location

My favorite time of the year is HEEEEERE!  I could not be more excite that the season of Christmas is upon us.  This is my favorite Holiday of the year and its actually very hard for me to hide this fact about myself.  Well, one of the main reasons I love this Holiday is because of so many Family Traditions that come with it... One of which being The Elf on the Shelf.  Now this is a fairly new tradition to our family but once we started a few years back, it instantly became a hit.  Warning, if you have no imagination or spirit of family fun then this is not for you.  If you are all about the Tooth Fairy, Santa Clause and Easter Bunny then read on!

Elf on the Shelf 2013
So, the story goes that Santa Clause sends an Elf to your home to observe your behavior.  Every family has their own specified time as to when the Elf "arrives".  For our family, the Elf arrives on the 1st of December.  Each day/night the Elf comes into your home and observes the behavior so that he/she is able to report back to Santa that night.  When he returns, he is always "watching" from a different location.  Hence, Mom or Dad needs to move this Elf to a new "watch location" every night.  Essentially, your children will wake up in the morning eager to find the Elf.  I have children ranging from 4-11 years old and they ALL still love this "hunt" that occurs during the month of December.  Even though my oldest may be hip to Santa, she thoroughly enjoys looking for the Elf in the morning with her siblings.  Occasionally, things become serious real quick when I place the Elf in a location and in the morning he is somewhere else.  My husband needs NOT to play with me like that.  He swears he didn't do anything but come on... like the Elf doesn't move by itself!  Right??  Okay, I'm done questioning this and I can't believe I even brought that up.  Just let me know if any of you have had issues with Elves moving around your homes please.  LOL.  No seriously.

Does this sound like a fun tradition you think would be a fun addition to your family this year?  I promise it is lots of fun for the kids and can even become fun for the adults if you have a husband who's an asshole childish.  We purchased two of the Funko Pop Holiday Elf on the Shelf Figurines from Target last year which can be found here.  The real Elf on the Shelf dolls honestly look way too scary to have creeping around my home.  Judge me if you want.  This year since we are traveling to my husband's hometown, we plan to mail one of the Elves there ahead of time so that when we arrive the children have a bewildered look on their faces as to how the heck the Elf arrived there before us!  YES, this really excites me, LOL!

Let me calm myself down before I get too carried away.  Do any of you participate in this fun tradition?  Please share your twists or differences that you may add for extra fun!  Happy Holidays XOXO