elf on shelf Possible Christmas problem…. our Elf-on-the-Shelf is starting to affect my sleep.  Ever since the holiday arrival of our friend ‘Elfie’ (creative name, I know) on December 1st, I’ve been getting less and less sleep.  My formerly sleepy-head children, who usually have to be dragged from their beds at 7:30 each morning to hurry up and get ready for school, have been bounding out of their rooms at the not-so-convenient hour of 6:15 each morning.  Why?  Because the mystery of where Elfie has landed after his trip back to the North Pole each night is more than they can bear apparently.  First, they demand that we come down and turn on all the lights on the first floor, (because it’s still dark for Pete’s sake!), then go running through the house shouting “He’s not here!”, “Nope, not here either!” until they finally spot the sneaky little guy.  Finally, they plop down on the couch and realize they really weren’t ready to get up that early after all. 

For those of you who don’t know the early morning joys of the Elf-on-the-Shelf, let me enlighten you!  The Elf-on-the-Shelf is one of Santa’s helper elves who comes to your home at Christmastime to watch over the children and make sure they’re being good.  Each night he flies back to the North Pole and reports to Santa what he’s seen.  When he returns from this trip, he picks a new place to sit in the house, a bookshelf, windowsill, mantle, etc.   It’s fun for the kids to search for him and it’s yet another way to help ‘encourage’ them to be good at the holidays.  🙂  Elf-on-the-Shelf comes as a gift set and includes your elf (which the kids can give any name they want, hopefully more original than ours), and a book that explains the tradition to them.  The whole thing will cost you about $30, maybe a bit pricey, but it’s a cute tradition to start when their young.   You can pick up the set at Learning Express, Barnes & Noble, plus other stores.  Visit the Elf-on-the-Shelf website to find other retailers.

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