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Friday, December 3, 2010

We Have An Elf Roaming Our Halls - The Elf On The Shelf

A little visitor has been arriving at the Novotny home for the past three years who we have affectionately named him Alfie.

It all began three years ago the morning after Dad read the story The Elf on the Shelf to Caleb and Nate-no. That morning the boys came screeching into our bedroom full of giggles and wiggles looking a little like they were dancing in circles. They were so filled with excitement that they had found Alfie sitting on top of the cabinets in our bonus room, and that he was actually looking at them. They were positive Alfie’s eyes were following them around the room.

Alfie quickly became an annual Christmas tradition in our home. Alfie's job is to keep his elf eyes on our children each day keeping track of their naughty and nice behaviors, then fly off each night and report each day's results directly to the man in red - Santa Claus. Alfie then returns to the Novotny home each morning, landing in a new location to be discovered by the Novotny children.

Nate has been heard trying to convince the children at school that he has a resident elf at his house. He have even brought friends over to prove it. What a surprise it is for his friends to actually see that Alfie exists.

If you have not discovered this new Christmas tradition, “Elf on the Shelf”, I recommend that you add it to your family Christmas traditions.

The Elf on the Shelf kit comes complete with a story book and elf which you and your children are given the task to name.

Send your Elf on the Shelf stories to trisha@247moms.com or leave your comments here on the 24/7 MOMS blog.

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Anonymous LaNette said...

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December 3, 2010 at 10:52 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

This is adorable!

December 3, 2010 at 7:55 PM  
Blogger Mel4Him said...

I seen this at the Hallmark store today. My son's friend told him that one day he went out on his front porch to find the elf and he told my son that it was magic. My son said that with the elf, you really have to be good. So, my son really wanted me to buy it but I just couldn't afford it. I don't know. Something is tugging at my heart to buy this little guy.

December 3, 2010 at 10:37 PM  
Anonymous shannon said...

We bought Elf on the shelf last year and my daughter loves him. She named him E-I-O "she was 2" So now EIO is in a new spot every morning and she has to find him. She thinks its so funny. When shes throwing a fit I tell her, EIO is watching and then she will look over at him and stop crying. It is a great tradition. He comes every thanksgiving and leaves on christmas eve night.

December 4, 2010 at 5:46 AM  
Anonymous Happy Home Fairy said...

We absolutely LOVE our elf, NED! I posted all of his crazy antics over at


I also included lots more amazing ELF stories that Santa shared with me! There's even a poem that your ELF can leave for your kids before they go back to the North Pole! The poem reminds your kids about the real reason for Christmas. :-)

Hope you enjoy!

December 4, 2010 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger 1955nurse said...

We have several traditions in our Family around the Holidays including "St. Nick's night", many of which were started by MY GREAT-Grandparents and passed down. Now that I have 2 Grandchildren (ages 3 & 6 months) I waited to see what-if anything would be continued. I was pleasantly surprised that ALL of them are being incorporated into their new family's celebrations.
I saw this "Elf on the Shelf" several yrs ago, right before Christmas, thought it was a cute idea and then promptly forgot about it as @ that time I had no Grands. Now, I REALLY want to begin this w/my Grandchildren! We live 5 1/2 hrs away so don't spend as much time w/them as I would like. I try to find things like this - to do to bring us closer, if only by phone for a few minutes while the oldest one tells me all the details. Wish we could start it THIS year, but it's too late now as all my Christmas $$ is either spent or allocated somewhere else (It's $30!)but I WILL be looking for 1 after Christmas to start next year. ;-)

December 6, 2010 at 10:23 PM  
Blogger 1955nurse said...

Happy Home Fairy - great ideas - and the poem is a wonderful way to bring it all back full circle to the REAL reason for the season!! Thanks for sharing :-))

December 6, 2010 at 10:26 PM  

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