My favorite memories of last winter literally involved waking up with excitement to see what photos my friend had posted on Instagram.
Forty million photos are posted on this app per day, and I was excited for just one. This wasn’t any traditional selfie, you see. It was created daily to entertain my friend’s toddler, who woke up each day to see his elf not only on a shelf, but involved in countless other activities.
The Elf on the Shelf tradition begins when your new friend arrives at your home “from the North Pole to help Santa Claus manage his naughty and nice lists. When a family adopts a scout elf and gives it a name, the scout elf receives its Christmas magic and can fly to the North Pole each night to tell Santa Claus about all of the day’s adventures. Each morning, the scout elf returns to its family and perches in a different place to watch the fun.” (elfontheshelf.com)
Once the elf is named, the magic really begins. Elf on the Shelf loves to play hide-and-seek and other fun games. Thanks to social media, I had the pleasure to take part from afar in my friend and her son’s life. On the first day, Pointy (the elf’s name), took part in hanging ornaments in the tree. The next day, he started causing a bit of mischief when he started a marshmallow-snowball fight with all of Gavin’s (the son’s name) wrestling figures. Pointy embarked on a journey on Day Three. He climbed up to the top of the curtains, and got so wrapped up in the garland and play snow, he was stuck! Gavin came home to find Pointy in distress and came to his rescue!
This adorable toy creates a fun relationship with your children. It allows your children to play and use their deductive skills, while you spruce up your creativity. If you’re running out of ideas, you can even download the “Ideas for Scout Elves App.” This gives you imaginative ideas to keep the spirit of your scout elf alive throughout the holiday season.
For more information, visit www.elfontheshelf.com.