I'm always looking for ways to create childhood magic for my children. I like to keep the fun, laughter, and silliness of being young alive for as long as possible, and inviting a Christmas Elf into our home for some pre-Christmas fun and games seemed the perfect way to do this.
I saw how many other homes had embraced the Elf on the Shelf idea but wanted something a little more unique and different for our family. I liked the basic idea of elves visiting and watching the children but I did not want it to be about him being Santa's spy. I didn't like the idea of using him as a bargaining tool to elicit the desired behaviour.
As part of our traditions, we all dress up in Christmas jumpers and head off to the local tree lot to choose and find the perfect tree. It's a fun family experience and we enjoy negotiating which tree is best for us. I have always told the children that the tree we agree on was grown especially for us and that it is meant to be ours. I thought that linking the special tree idea to the elf would be a great way to introduce our elf to the children.
As you can see in the pictures, he is not the usual looking elf that is popular in many homes. That's because he is a tree elf. He's green to help him hide amongst the trees. His job is to grown and tend the Christmas Trees all year long and then it's his magic that ensures we pick the right tree at the lot.
And so our tradition was born. The morning after we visit the tree lot and choose and decorate our perfect tree, we know he will appear amongst its branches.
My children had an elf visit for the first time last year and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of his stay. He arrived the day we put the tree up and stayed 'til Christmas eve. He was really sweet and very funny.
Each day he would remind us of virtues or traits he wanted us to remember and he would set us a task relating to others.
I have recorded some of the cute and funny things he did while he stayed with us and added a handful more for good measure. I hope you enjoy sharing in our fun!
Quick Elftastic ideas for your Christmas Elf
Here are some pictures of Jingle Glitterbottom's adventures in our home last Christmas.
Do you have a Christmas elf that visits your home during December? We'd love to hear about the cute and silly things your elf gets up to.. comment below to share with us!
I am a preschool and primary school teacher and mum to 3 children. I have been involved in education since 1997 and have trained in a variety of educational specialist areas. It is with this expertise that I write articles to help parents and educators provide quality learning experiences for the children in their care.