The Elf On The Shelf: The Christmas Tradition came out in 2005 and became an instant success.  I could not wait to begin the tradition with Carter once he was born in 2011. The first couple of years I don't think Carter really understood, but I loved it. I helped Carter find our elf Tinsel every morning, and Tinsel always left a little treat from the North Pole each night for Carter. A couple years later Kennedy joined the fun and as they both grow each year and mature they seriously can't wait to wake up each morning to find Tinsel, and now Jingle as well. Tinsel and Jingle leave a note each morning for the kids and the kids love to read it to us at breakfast. They still get a little gift each day and they are so excited to see what Tinsel and Jingle have left for them. I really enjoy The Elf On The Shelf, so if you are on the fence about doing it I want to break it down for you a little more. You can also view my IG highlights here for all of this year's fun. I share what Tinsel & Jingle were doing daily and what they left for Carter & Kennedy.

I love Elf On The Shelf so much. We were even invited to an event and got to meet Chandra Bell and screen the newest Elf Pets movie before it was released! I have also worked with Elf On The Shelf and it was amazing. You can read about the event here.

I shop for Elf On The Shelf merch, ideas and things that help with all the days in December can be found here

Our elves, Tinsel & Jingle, always arrive on December 1st. Some families have their elves arrive the day after Thanksgiving, but to me that is not the beginning of the Christmas season. Plus, that just adds on extra days for ideas and gifts from your elves, so in my opinion you are just making more work for yourself. I have a calendar with costumes and ideas of what my elves will be doing each night once the kids are in bed. I want to do my part to make the elves job easy when they write the letter each night and put the gifts out on our table for the morning. I don't want them to stress or worry about any of the extra work they have to do during the month of December.

At you can find where to acquire your scout elf, Elf Pets, clothes, and easy elf ideas and more.

Thank you for sending us so many goodies to help us this holiday season.

Tinsel and Jingle arrived and left advent calendars

Tinsel and Jingle as super heroes 


Dressed up as reindeer 

ornaments in the tree


playing Uno

Lite Brite

counting down the days until Christmas


Gingerbread men

train conductors on the advent calendar

hiding in the stockings

snow bunnies

hiding in the cereal box

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