Tuesday, 20 December 2016

The Elf on The Shelf - A Christmas Tradition We've Adopted!

Have you got an Elf on the Shelf at your house?

We've been wanting one of these little Christmas elves forever. It's not been for lack of trying that we've only just adopted our very own Elf on the Shelf either. It seemed that every time we tried to scout for an Elf to call ours, it was always too late - the elves were either all adopted out already, or we were unable to get to a suitable adoption centre, (AKA - store), in time for Christmas.

This year we're so excited to finally have our very own elf in our home at last!

Meet 'Buddy,' our officially adopted Elf on the Shelf.
Families can head to The Elf on the Shelf website to register their elf and download an official adoption certificate.

The Elf on the Shelf is a Christmas tradition any family can adopt, and it's a tradition with so many benefits. 

Each little elf comes with the same tale attached; his, (or her) sole purpose is to watch over the children in each home on behalf of Santa, who is busy preparing for the Christmas season in the North Pole. 

As we all know, Santa can't be everywhere at once, so his millions of adopted scout elves are stationed within the homes of children all around the world, to watch over them on Santa's behalf.

Each day, any Elf on the Shelf sits undisturbed, carefully monitoring the behaviour of every home's young inhabitants, before returning to the North Pole in the evening to give Santa an update on his charges. Young children know they must not touch an elf on duty, as this might lead to a loss of magic. (Touched elves are not able to return to Santa each evening - it's to be avoided at all costs!)

Have your children been naughty or nice? Santa wants to know this vital piece of information and The Elf on the Shelf makes it easy for him to keep tabs on millions of children worldwide.

Each elf arrives at their new abode packaged in an elaborate carton so that he or she is all 'cozy and safe' while being transported to their assigned home via the post from the North Pole.

Included in every parcel is a copy of The Elf on the Shelf hardcover book, which tells the tale of all elves to young children. It's a delightful read and an enchanting way to begin and then relive, the Elf on the Shelf tradition each year in your own home.

While we knew The Elf on the Shelf experience was going to be a wholly enjoyable one, we had seriously underestimated the power and enchantment this tradition would provide.

Our youngest kids are totally enthralled with 'Buddy' and are so eager to see his daily movements and antics. It was a total surprise to see our ten year old son embrace this new tradition in our home! He is very excited about the whole experience and reads the clever book to himself and his younger siblings with wide-eyed wonder!

He's ten years old - did I mention that?! Adorable!

The mileage we are getting from the presence of our elf has been extraordinary.

Whenever there's mischief underway, a gentle reminder that elf is watching seems to magically correct the errant behaviour. I wish our elf could stay on guard all year.

Now originally I had planned to present some ideas on elf antics, however, Buddy has been fairly sedate so far. After he initially climbed out of his box, he simply set himself up on our lounge room windowsill and left a trail of candy canes and glitter. It was a small and friendly gesture and our kids were pretty happy about that!

Buddy the elf moves about our home daily and that in itself is keeping little minds and imaginations amused at this stage. Shortly, he may be seen roasting marshmallows on a stick or peeping from the pantry where foods seem to regularly go missing. He will and does, keep an eye on things for me too...

If you want to see all the fun that some elves get up to, check out some of our Christmas Pins on Pinterest for some festive inspiration. (There are some great themed printables too.)

A trail of candy canes and glitter leads to Buddy. 

You can adopt your very own Elf on the Shelf or Elf Pets and even purchase adorable Elf outfits by visiting good bookstores such as Dymocks, as well as Myer and other specialty stores.
Visit the Elf on the Shelf website to learn more about this delightful tradition.
The Elf on the Shelf costs RRP $69.99 to adopt.

Do you have an adopted elf at your house?
What does your elf get up to? (Please share any ideas and tips!)

*Disclosure: Six Little Hearts household were assigned our very own Elf on the Shelf to look after.
All opinions expressed are our own and genuine.


  1. I am a total grinch when it comes to Elf on the Shelf. I have way too much stuff to think about at this time of the year, and the thought of having to remember to reposition an elf every night and come up with new ideas makes me shudder. I know I would forget one night and then the jog would be up. I just stick to the fairy door and randomly leaving things for the girls "from the fairies" whenever I think about it or remember. They love it! I know they would love Elf on the Shelf too, but I have to think of my sanity first, lol!

    Thanks for being a part of IBOT this year. I hope you and the kids have a wonderful Christmas xx

  2. I wish these had been around when my kids (now 22 and 20) were around - pure gold I reckon for ensuring good behaviour! My kids would have loved the fun of it all too, seeing the elf in a different position every day ;-)

    Visiting from #teamIBOT x

  3. I actually think this would totally freak my kids out! The idea of someone watching them at all times, disappearing and then coming back to break into their house again each day :-)


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