Christmas Traditions

Well, let’s say HELLO to a new Christmas tradition!

We have our usual Christmas traditions just like I am sure your family does.

Gingerbread houses

The PICKLE tree ornament

Christmas jammies and sweaters

Family dinners

Pollyanna gift exchanges

Christmas movies

Leg lamps

Yah-dah, Yah-dah, Yah-dah!

But, this year look what arrived at our house…drum roll please!

Elf on the Shelf!

Elf on the Shelf!

I have to admit, the whole Elf on the Shelf thing kind of creeped me out, but we have been having fun with this little gal!  That’s right, our Elf is a GIRL!  Just so you know, this is the first year that the Elf has been offered in the girly version.  Truthfully, the only difference that I can notice is that she has earrings…

Gymnast Elf

Gymnast Elf

Now, you are to name your Elf, but my daughter hasn’t committed to a name yet.  I would like to call her Noel and Matt would like to call her Merisol.

Tropical Elf

Tropical Elf

There is also a storybook that comes with your Elf and it explains the whole Elf on the Shelf thing, but we aren’t following the official Elf “rules”.  Hummm…I wonder if Santa will still visit?

Just hangin' around Elf

Just hangin’ around Elf

Regardless, we have been having a blast with her.  I wonder where she will show up next? You can visit your local Target if you too would like to start a new tradition, because you’re never too old to add to the Christmas spirit!

What are some of your Christmas traditions?

Did you start any new traditions this year?

Do you have an Elf on the Shelf?

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9 thoughts on “Christmas Traditions

  1. I told my 5th graders that their elves would be in BIG BAD TROUBLE if they acted up in our classroom. 🙂 I’m such a party pooper!

    No new traditions this year with an 18, 19, and 21 year old. So sad that it’s not exciting for them anymore! I just have to live vicariously through the blogs of moms with young ones. 🙂

    Shannon
    http://www.irunreadteach.wordpress.com

  2. Yay, you! Making your own rules! Your pictures are fun!
    A tradition for my kids’ stockings: a penny for each year of their age, also nickels, dimes, and quarters…up to 18…

  3. We also adopted an elf this year and she arrived on Saturday. I bought her (or I guess him) last year and found a “skirt” at Target to make it a girl. No earrings or long lashes, but she’s still a girl to us! 🙂 I have 2 1/2 year old twin daughters and they are loving waking up each morning to look where Ella Lynn Fae (E.L.F. – we named her!) is hiding and ready to watch them. We are following all the rules and tonight my one daughter reminded us that we can’t touch Ella because she’ll lose her mag-a-nets! Too funny! A fun new tradition that my hubby also helps out with too! Let’s hope we can keep it up another 21 days! Good luck!

    By the way, thanks for all your supportive comments! I really appreciate it and happy to meet you!

  4. Your pictures cracked me up!

    I just started hearing about the Elf on the Shelf. (We’re Jewish and don’t celebrate Christmas, so…) I love that you have yours, a female, in different places. Sounds like a fun tradition.

    BTW: Did you see Amy Rudd’s SOLSC about her Elf on the Shelf?

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