In recent years a new idea was introduced around Christmas, Elf on the Shelf. This idea came from a book that was published about elf that was sent from the North Pole to watch over children to make sure they were being nice and not naughty. The family names their elf when they adopt it and that is how they get their magic. The idea is that the scout elf watches over the family during the day and then when they go to bed the elf returns back to the North Pole to report to Santa. Before the family wakes up each morning, the scout elf flies back from the North Pole and hides somewhere in the house. By hiding in a new spot each morning around the house, the scout elf and the family play an on-going game of hide and seek. Children however are not supposed to touch the elf or it is…show more content… I tried to avoid all things Elf on a Shelf, until my daughter started kindergarten and her teacher read them the Elf on a Shelf book and brought an elf into their classroom. The influence that this classroom elf had on my daughter was clearly strong and she often would mention it to me. Along with the frequent mentioning from my daughter I also saw many friends positing on social media of all the fun, creative ways they introduced their elves to their family and the daily picture post of what and where their elf was each day. I eventually gave in and we adopted an elf of our own.
Between social media and my daughter’s class I was influenced to join in on the new Elf on the Shelf trend at the holidays. It has made a huge change in the social contract I had as a parent at the holidays, however I do not believe it was a bad idea. I get to watch the joy of my children each day in December as they wake up and search the house for their elf to see what they were up to the night