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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Meet Sparkle, our friendly Elf on the Shelf

Did you know about Elf on the Shelf during the Christmas season?

At the beginning of the Christmas season we received a special delivery. A
nice little elf & a book just about him & his friends! The kids named our
elf Sparkle, despite my persistent suggestions of Eggnog or Jolly or
Mistletoe. Sparkle came to live with our family through Christmas Eve so
that he could watch & listen to everything the children said or did, whether
naughty or nice, during the weeks leading up to Christmas. Then each night
Sparkle would fly back to Santa to report on their behavior during the day.
The night we first met Sparkle the kids were better than they've ever been
in their lives! It was harder & harder for them to remember Sparkle was
watching during the holidays, so sometimes I'd walk over to Sparkle & tell
him something one of the children had done that was really nice. Or really
naughty! That usually led to pleas to not tell Santa & promises to be good
& apologies when needed! After Sparkle would visit Santa during the night
he'd return to our house in a new location. The kids loved to look for
Sparkle each morning! There were some special rules though - the children
were not to touch Sparkle no matter what or he could lose his magic! Also,
they could talk to Sparkle but he could not talk to them. He was a very
good listener though and would hear all about what they wanted for Christmas
or about things that had happened during their day! He could also talk to
adults. Not when the kids could hear though. On Christmas Eve as the kids
were running to their beds they turned back to tell Sparkle goodbye and
they'd miss him until he returned next year! Next Christmas you definitely
need an Elf on the Shelf of your home! :)

Here are some of the places Sparkle watched & listened from:

Did I feel bad about our visitor? Maybe a little. Will Sparkle come again
next year? Absolutely!

One thing I thought was hilarious was that the night I introduced the elf to
the kids & told them about the magic Callie said, "You're wrong mom. He's
just made out of plastic & fabric sewn together. That's not magic!" Of
course I explained exactly how it was magical, but I wonder if she will stop
believing, and not just in Sparkle. His magic won't be the same if she
doesn't believe.

6 talk to me:

Janelle said...

That is a fun and good idea. I bet finding it the next day was fun and it is always nice to have something to threaten the kids with :)

Westbrooks said...

Seriously love the elf idea! My mom and nicks mom both have that elf! Kids live it!

Dansie Family said...

what a great idea. remind me next year at the beginning of the holiday season.

Richelle said...

I love that idea! I hope I will remember that one when I have little ones.

L Murray said...

That is a GREAT idea!! Where did you get the cute elf?! My kids were always asking how Santa would REALLY know what they are doing...I'm totally going to have to do this next year!

Brit and Summer said...

We love the Elf on the Shelf. Ours is named Siddle and he keeps a good eye on Kenadee. It was great to have Siddle around to remind Kenadee that she has to behave since he was watching her. We look forward to having Siddle back next Christmas season!