The Elf On The Shelf A Fun Family Tradition

Dated: 12/18/2017

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The Elf On The Shelf A Fun Family Tradition

By Darla Zeltman

Who would think that a tiny little elf could bring so much joy and wonderment to young children during the Christmas Season?  Everyone knows how much I love Christmas!! It is my favorite time of the year! I love the music (I start listening to it in October), I love the lights, decorations, ornaments, shopping for presents, wrapping presents, baking Christmas Cookies and cooking for my family.  I incorporate traditions from my Swedish heritage, my upbringing in Honduras and Puerto Rico and many of the traditions celebrated here in the United States.  My boys have a nine year gap between them; my oldest did not get the pleasure of being introduced to the Elf on the Shelf at a young age.  I was a little skeptical about introducing the Elf to my youngest son. I did not believe he would buy into the tradition of hunting this little Elf all over our house for an entire month!  Boy was I wrong!! My youngest loves his Elf he named Rex.  Rex makes his appearance at our house after Thanksgiving.  My son wakes up every morning looking for the little rascal. He cannot continue with his day until he hunts and finds him.  Rex is up to something different every day!  He likes to play with toys, find sweet treats, hide in hard to find spots and sometimes plays little tricks.   This tradition, was introduced to the world by Carol Aebersold and her daughter Chanda Bell in their book “Elf on the Shelf” written in 2004 and became a best seller in 2013.  The book describes how Santa’s “scout elf” hides in people's homes to watch over events.  The elf gets its magic by being named and being loved by a child.  The special Christmas magic allows the elf to fly to the North Pole every night to report all activity and behaviors to Santa.  The book states, “There is one rule that you have to follow, so I will come back and be here tomorrow: Please do not touch me.  My magic might go, and Santa won’t hear all I’ve seen or know.” Children are encouraged to talk to the elf and tell them their Christmas wishes so that it can be reported to Santa.  This is a fun family tradition that adds a bit of magic, mischief and fun to the days leading to Christmas! I believe that it is so important for every family to create beautiful family traditions.  These are the memories that our children will carry and look forward to for the rest of the lives. 

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Darla Zeltman

I was born and raised in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. I graduated from High School in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. I graduated with my Masters in Curriculum Development from Azusa Pacific University in Californ....

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