Christmas is only a few weeks away, y’all! It’s my favorite time of year and I am so excited for all the fun holiday activities I get to do with my girls. But honestly, one yearly tradition I have never
given in to participated in is the Elf on the Shelf. To add another daily activity I would have to do just overwhelmed me. Luckily, my girls never asked for one….until Ava started kindergarten last year and her teacher had an elf for the class. So this year we bought an Elf but I am adding a twist and making it much easier on me and fun for my girls too!
I know you are going to love this fun twist on the Elf on the Shelf Christmas tradition just like me. Simply print out the free Christmas book list below and have your elf deliver it to your little ones along with a Christmas book on Dec 1. Then every day until Christmas he shows up with another book to read with them at bedtime. Your kids can keep track of their reading with the printable list and you don’t have to think of any crazy scenes to set up with your elf every day! Then on Christmas Eve, he delivers a special gift to them such as hot cocoa and new PJs. Or a stuffed toy. Anything will work as a special treat from the Elf and for reading all month long!
Scroll down to download the free printable book list!
Our new Elf on the Shelf is ready to surprise my girls on Dec 1st.
I know the girls are going to be excited just to have an Elf and I am excited to have such a simple and fun activity every night with them.
The best thing is you don’t have to spend a lot! I went to our local thrift store and bought a stack of ‘new to my girls’ Christmas books for around 50 cents each. Then I went through and pulled around ten of our Christmas books from the shelf at home. Since we only read them a few times a year they probably won’t even mind or notice that they are our own books. It’s just the excitement of ready with the Elf every night!
I named our Elf Buddy from my fave Christmas movie Elf. Once the girls get him he will probably be renamed to Unicorn or Rainbow.
Stella is one a kick where everything is Rainbow lately. Fine by me!
Ok, Ok I admit it! He is kinda cute. Guess we’re stuck with you now Elf!
Click here to download and print your Elf of the Shelf Christmas Stories Countdown!
I’m excited to hear about everyone’s Elves and how your kiddos liked this new fun tradition!
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Merry Christmas from Buddy and I!
What a fun and cozy activity to do with your kids on Christmas. So much better than just giving material things.
Such a cute idea for the little ones. But not happy you reminded me how close away Christmas was! Thanks for sharing
What a fun traditon to start little ones off on a love for reading. I’m sure that your girls will love it!
Such a good idea, I will definitely be sharing with all my friends who do Elf on the Shelf!
I need all the help I can get when it comes to Elf on the shelf, so this printable is much appreciated! I love the emphasis on reading!
Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness
I had no idea what elf on the shelf was until this year when I moved to the US. I don’t think that we do it in Canada, but I love the idea!
What a cute and brilliant idea, my kids absolutely love it!
Such a cute idea to have some fun with the kids at Christmas! I’m sure they love it!
What an amazing tradition! I love how practical the printout is, too! If I had kids, I would definitely be using it!
Kari Heron Morrison | Chef and Stewars
Never heard of elf on the shelf but then I am from the beautiful tropical island of Jamaica and have not place for santa as we have no need for chimneys 😀 Cute way to incorporate reading for children though and making it fun!
What a great tradition to enjoy with your kids each year. Books are one of the best gifts and this is a great way to instill a love for reading!
What a great idea! Sounds amazing! Such a great to have fun and incorporate learning. I am sure my nieces will love this. Thanks for sharing!