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Apryl Duncan

Break Out the Elf on the Shelf

By November 23, 2012

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It's Elf on the Shelf time! I think my husband and I look forward to this time of year just as much as our kids do.

A picture of an elf on the shelf
The famous elf is making his way back into homes around the world.
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If you're new to The Elf on the Shelf (compare prices), here's a quick rundown. Your elf arrives with his or her book. You read the book to your children, which explains the premise and a few rules like how kids can't touch the elf and he flies back every night to report to Santa about the kids' behavior.

First off, you name your elf. Ours is named Clancy. While the kids are asleep, we move the elf to a new location so when they wake up, they have to run and find him. They can't touch him and he stays in his special place all day until they go to bed and he gets moved again.

Yes, Mommy and Daddy actually move him but, to our children, the elf is flying off to the North Pole. He's then returning back to a new place to sit all day and watch the kids until flying off again later that night when they're asleep.

Our elf has a funny personality. He likes to do silly things like tie everyone's shoes together or put toys in the refrigerator. But he's a thoughtful little guy and always leaves a present for our kids before flying off to the North Pole one last time on Christmas Eve.

Our family loves the elf -- every single one of us. It's a hoot to see my husband get excited about finding a new spot for the elf every night!

It may seem like a doll and a book but it's so much more than that. For us, it's a family tradition and a great way to kick off the Christmas season.

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