Years ago, when the Elf on the Shelf craze started, my kids, as expected, wanted to join the party. But I put my own spin on it!
I love Christmas. And not like “yay it’s Christmas” kind of love. Loooooooove. 8 o’s kind of love! So when I hear about this Elf on the Shelf business a few years ago, I wanted to jump on board!
But I’m cheap frugal, and I had a kid who though the elf’s face was scary, so instead of investing in something that I underestimated the lifespan of, I went this route:
Meet Olaf, our very own scout elf from the North Pole.
The premise is the same – he’s a friend of Santa, he’s here until Christmas, and he’s cute and fun-loving – but I added in another element. Olaf, like these elves, was here to inspire our family to be kind and spend more time together.
Olaf comes to our house at the same time as the rest of the Elf on the Shelf dolls do, but every day leading up to Christmas, he brings us another mission. Some days it’s to do something fun like finding the 10 candy canes he’s hidden or sitting together to read a new Christmas storybook. Other days he’s only here for fun. Playing Candyland and toilet paper sculptures are some of my faves from past years.
No matter what kind of elf you use – or if you even have one at all – as long as your trying to make this time of year a little cheerier, I can support that! ANd to help give you that gentle nudge you need to jump on the Elf bandwagon, we’re giving away one Elf on the Shelf kit for a lucky Active Parents family!
Fine print: Cntest closes Monday, November 19th at midnight EST. WInner will be announced on Tuesday, November 20th. Winner has 24 hours to claim their prize, or a new winner will be drawn. Winner must be able to pick up prize in Burlington by Friday, November 24th.