Brady Recommends: Elf on the Shelf


elf on the shelf review

So I’m recommending this without actually trying it yet but I’ve heard so many great things about it I just had to share.  We purchased The Elf on the Shelf this fall from Amazon and can’t wait to start the tradition with our kids this year.

This book answers the mystery of how Santa knows if children have been naughty or nice.  He sends his elf to watch the children and every night reports back to the North Pole.  The next morning, the elf is to be found in a new spot (that is, as long as you the parent remember to move him/her).  Children race each morning to find the elf’s new hiding spot  but when they do, they can’t touch him or the elf will lose his magic.

Each book has classic illustrations, comes in a keepsake box, and includes an elf.  The children are to name the elf and you can even pick out the sex and eye color of your elf.  What an ingenious idea!  I can’t wait to see what Rylan thinks of it all.

This would make a great Christmas gift for any kid or maybe you’ll want to do like we did and buy it now so you’ll have it in time for this Christmas. I think we’re going to start reading ours after Thanksgiving or maybe after we put up our Christmas tree.

I would love to hear from those of you who are already doing this tradition. Please share!

2 comments to Brady Recommends: Elf on the Shelf

  • Nikki Allen-Cain

    Elf on the Shelf has been a huge hit at our house! We first introduced him when Audra was four, she is now six. She starts anticipating his arrival in November! First thing when she wakes up she is on the hunt for the elf. Rich gets pretty creative with changing his watching post so I can be surprised too! For some reason we have never named our elf. She is really having a tough time picking a name for him.

    Janet just turned me on to your blog and I have to say I LOVE IT! You really have some great organization and re-use ideas. Keep it up!

    Thanks, Nikki

    • Brady

      So glad to hear another family is really enjoying the Elf on the Shelf and glad we’ll be able to have years of fun it looks like with it.


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