I am just going to put it out there, I love Christmas. It is one of my favourite times of the year and since becoming a parent, it has just got better and better.
As a child growing up there was certain things that we did every year and I guess you would call those our family traditions. They were the normal things like having an advent calendar, but in my day (I sound old), there was no chocolate or toy behind the door. But that didn’t matter to my brother and I, the delight of opening that door to see what was behind and knowing we were one day closer to Christmas was all we needed.
Some of the traditions I had a child, I have continued into our family. One that I haven’t is when I was little we weren’t allowed to open any presents, not even one, until everyone had breakfast and was washed and dressed. It was a killer, my brother and I would be peeping through the door to see all the presents desperate to go in. Trying to hurry everyone along to get ready. This is one tradition that I have left in my childhood (sorry mum!).
But, I have also added new family traditions for our family, things that probably weren’t around when I was little. I like to do a Christmas Eve box for the girls, which is filled with little fun things for us to do on Christmas Eve to keep them entertained.
This year we will be introducing a new family tradition with the arrival of The Elf on the Shelf. We will be welcoming Scout the elf into our house to keep an eye on my girls. We were kindly sent our Elf on the Shelf from Prezzybox, who are my go to place for gift ideas. They have so many great ideas and something for everyone.
In the box, not only do you receive your elf, it also comes with a lovely boo. The book explains to the girls what his job is and how he will be watching them and reporting back to Father Christmas every night to let him know if you have done anything wonderful to make it onto the good list. But, also if they have been a little pickle pants and made it onto the naughty list.
Every morning before the girls wake up Scout will have returned and found a new place to keep watch and they will have to find him. There is just one rule they have to follow, they are not allowed to touch Scout the elf. Otherwise his magic will go and Father Christmas won’t be able to find out everything he has seen or heard.
Scout the Elf has one rule that he isn’t allowed to break too, he mustn’t talk to the girls. But he will be listening to all their wishes.
Then on the evening of the 23rd December when the girls are in bed, his job will come to an end and he will return to Father Christmas with his final decision on whether the girls will get their requests.
My plan is that Scout the elf will leave the girls the Christmas Eve box as a thank you for looking after him and with a note to say he will see them next year.
I have seen lots of families doing The Elf on the Shelf over the last few years. Some people like their elves to get up to mischief and have lots of fun with what the elf does when he returns. Find funny places for him to sit and watch. I don’t think our elf will be an mischievous elf. Yes, I will be letting him do some funny things, but he won’t be a naughty elf.
I want my girls to know that everyone has to be good to receive presents and that includes Scout the elf. But, we will be making it fun, because that is what Christmas is all about.
As we are moving house in the next ten days, Scout the elf will be arriving shortly after we move it. We don’t want him getting confused about where we live. It will also help me answer the question that Alice has been asking, “How will Father Christmas know we have moved mummy?”, I have been telling her that Father Christmas knows everything. With Scout arriving, this will confirm for her, he does know where to come.
If you are looking to introduce The Elf on the Shelf into your family traditions, you can buy one from Prezzybox, RRP £29.95
I can’t wait for Scout the Elf to come and stay with us and to have fun finding him a new place to watch each night once the girls are in bed. I just know that Alice in particular will love waking up and running of to find him.
Do you have any family traditions? I would love to hear them…
Disclosure: We were kindly sent our The Elf on the Shelf in return for an honest review. All views and opinions are my own.