There is something special about this time of year and the way that children embrace and believe in the magic of Christmas. It only takes small things to create tremendously wonderful moments for little ones, as anyone who’s seen the sparkle in a child’s eyes as they leave milk and cookies out for Santa and carrots for the reindeer would know well. The wonder is a beautiful sight to behold and with The Elf on the Shelf that magic comes to life.
The Elf on the Shelf is a lovely and unique gift set containing a book and a plush toy Elf. It’s an engaging story for children about a scout elf sent by Santa Claus and enclosed with the book is a plush elf for the family to name and adopt. Picking the name can lead to lots of laughs but the real fun begins when the elf starts work for Santa.
The book tells the story of how by day the elf listens to the wishes of little ones and checks if they’re naughty or nice; and by night all elves return to Santa to give him an update. As the sun rises the elf will have returned and found somewhere new to hide, encouraging little ones to look for them each morning.
I like to focus on the good so the idea of making the little ones worry that they will be labelled “naughty” and the elf will tell on them to Santa doesn’t sit well with me. Instead, to fit with my parenting style, I talk about being a nice person and doing nice things, and our elf returns to Santa each night to let him know all the kind and thoughtful things the little ones have done during the day. Each morning the elf will be up to something funny or mischievous to make the little ones giggle when they find her.
It is truly wonderful to watch little ones take this story to heart and the way they energetically bound out of bed as they race to be first to find their elf. Even sweeter is overhearing them talk with the elf about what they’re wishing for this Christmas and to watch them be especially kind and gentle with each other as they want the elf to have good stories for Santa Claus.
The Elf on the Shelf is a fun hide-and-seek game for the whole family to enjoy in the lead-up to Christmas and comes highly recommended from tiny & little as a lovely way to enjoy the festive season with your little ones. Mr’s Teeny, Tiny and Little love our elf and we’re sure your little ones would love one too.
This is our lovely little lady elf, whose official adoption certificate says Elle Teeny but we call her Elle the Elf. This Christmas you can follow Elle’s visit on the tiny & little’s instagram.
The Elf on the Shelf
$37.95 RRP AUD