Elf on The Shelf was a new tradition that I brought in this year, and I had so much fun doing it! The boys loved waking up every morning to see what "Bob" had done the night before, and even the daycare kids ran right in to look for Bob as soon as they got here.
For those of you who do not know what the heck I am talking about, take a look here
Basically, the elf is sent by Santa to a family to help Santa with his naughty and nice list. The elf watches through the day, and once everyone is asleep he returns to the North Pole to report to Santa. The parents move Bob to a different spot each night for the kids to find in the morning, and he stays there for the day.
When you purchase your elf, he/she will come with a hardcover book that tells the story, and this year there was even a tv special. The book says that when your elf comes you need to give him a name. You are not allowed to touch the elf as he/she will lose his magic and will not be able to return to the North Pole. You can talk to your elf and tell him your wishes, and he will tell them to Santa.
"Bob" was the name that O and B gave our Elf. B was a lot more in to the whole experience than O. B would talk to Bob all the time. O just looked for him every morning.
Our elf was a mischevious elf, not just hanging out in different spots. I think that made it more fun for the boys. Near the end it was getting harder to think of ideas, but Pinterest was a great help with that.
And now for the pictures! This will be picture heavy, there is a month of mischief to record! Some are my own ideas, and some are ideas I found on Pinterest.