A couple of years ago I discovered something known as ” Elf On The Shelf”. I’d never heard of such a thing before, and found it by accident on the internet. “Elf On The Shelf” is a new kind of holiday tradition. It consists of a small stuffed elf who comes with a storybook explaining about the “magical” elf, who is sent by Santa from the North Pole.
I’m still a kid at heart, so I was both intrigued and thrilled by the whole concept of a little elf coming into one’s home at the start of the Christmas season–to sit on a shelf and spy on the child’s behavior, then report back to Santa at the North Pole each evening. I was sold on the idea, so I promptly had “Santa” send an “Elf On A Shelf” to our granddaughter, Madison.
The “Elf on the Shelf” arrived at Madison’s house shortly after Thanksgiving, complete with a letter from “Santa”. Madison’s family decided to name their magical little elf “Buddy”. Buddy spent the entire Christmas season in Madison’s home keeping a watchful eye on her behavior. During the night, Buddy would quietly move around the house (with the help of Madison’s parents) to a different vantage point for the following day. Then on Christmas Eve Buddy quietly disappeared.
Last year Buddy returned on the day after Thanksgiving. Madison was four years old by then, and she was very intrigued by Buddy. Buddy spent the entire Christmas season spying on her–and having a few adventures along the way! Madison never knew where she was going to find Buddy each morning. He might be sitting in the Christmas tree or sitting in Barbie’s car! She began each morning searching for Buddy. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing Madison tell where she found Buddy each morning, and was a bit sad when he left again on Christmas Eve.
Last Friday morning it happened again! Just like clockwork, Buddy the elf arrived from the North Pole. Madison and her mom brought the box over and showed it to me when it arrived. That crazy elf has already been busy spying and rambling again. Just the other day I saw him sitting in Madison’s Christmas stocking! There’s no telling where he’ll go next–or what he might do. Of course we all have to be careful not to touch Buddy or he’ll lose his “magic”.
Apparently the “Elf on the Shelf” craze is becoming quite popular. I’m thrilled because the “Elf on the Shelf”‘s creators are fellow Georgians! This year the “Elf on the Shelf” had his own television special, in addition to his own website! Facebook is even buzzing with parents sharing the adventures of their children’s little seasonal visitors! Apparently, some elves can be quite adventuresome during the night.
I wish there had been an “Elf on the Shelf” when my own children were growing up. Oh the fun Ed and I could have had with him! If you aren’t familiar with “Elf on the shelf”, you can learn more by visiting HERE The site also includes some fun games to play at “The North Pole”! It really makes me want to be a kid again…but I guess I’ll just have to settle for being a grandparent!