Books, Kids

Christmas Traditions (Balance with Books!)

December 8, 2012

Marco the Elf enjoying a good read

Well, don’t we have very nice boys in our house all of a sudden! It has A LOT to do with The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition of course! Marco joined us two days ago and already Diego catches himself before being rude to Santi, talking back to me, or ignoring Jordi.

Two years ago, I would have not known who The Elf on the Shelf even was! Remember I grew up Mexican? Man, if you didn’t behave, there was no elf to go tell Santa about your daily behavior! Mama got the chancla out and you behaved real quick after that. But alas, times have changed and little boys and girls have amazing aunties like Tiz who buy these cute things as incentives. We’re thankful!

If you have never read the book, The Elf on a Shelf is a little doll that comes in a box with a book (you can choose the sex, skin, eye and hair color!). As you read it to your children, you basically learn how the elf will help you keep your children well behaved for a couple of weeks! Ha! Every day, the elf (we named ours Marco), watches from a new spot in your home. At night, he goes back to the North Pole to report the children’s behavior to Santa. The goal is to stay on Santa’s “nice” list. And your goal is to try to remember to switch the elf’s spot at night (after the kids have gone to sleep) without waking up in a panic wondering if you moved the elf! Yes, I am doing this for the next 15 days.

To keep things in perspective and balanced, that Christmas isn’t all about gifts, in the same box where I store The Elf on the Shelf, I keep the classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas Pop-Up Edition (Peanuts). This was another great gift and it was from our friends, Jr and Liz. While Diego is worried about staying off Santa’s naughty list, Charlie Brown reminds of the true meaning of Christmas. The beautiful story gets us every time.

Both books are on the coffee table and are part of our Christmas decor. Do you have new holiday traditions in your own home? Would love to hear!

Have a great weekend!
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  • Reply Vanessa December 8, 2012 at 10:48 am

    That’s such a cute tradition! Luis says there should be different ones all year round to keep the kids it check πŸ˜‰ I really love how you balanced it with the Charles Brown story, now a days the media really makes it seem like it’s all about the gifts.

  • Reply Liz A December 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    How did I not know about the Elf!!!. I thought it is such a cute tradition, I decided to do it this year after reading this. I can definately use it to motivate my kids to behave better and to see there excitement of look for him every morning. I told them the Elf may be coming this week so they are really excited. Thanks for sharing.

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    Reply Betty December 17, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    That sneaky Marco the Elf!!! It works!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! jajaja! Enjoy Liz! xoxo
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  • Reply Liz M. December 18, 2012 at 11:14 am

    i jus found out about this this year. I might give it a try next year. πŸ™‚ Sounds like it works.

  • Reply Weekend Links December 9, 2013 at 8:01 am

    […] finished (like addressing our Christmas cards). Other things that are getting done; our Elf on the Shelf, Marco, is making his rounds around the house and somehow the advent calendar holds a tasty surprise to […]

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