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He’s Back! Our Elf on the Shelf Returns

You’re either a parent that loves the idea of a mischievous elf spying on your kiddo, or you’re not. We’ve been celebrating the Elf on a Shelf Christmas tradition for a couple of years now and my kiddo loves it (so do I). Yes, sometimes I forget to move the elf, have to make the mad dash before my kid wakes up, but it’s all worth it! Sadly, I know that the magic of Christmas will eventually fade away. Till then, I’ll enjoy every single find, every joyful shriek and every magical twinkle in my boy’s big brown eyes.  They’re only little once! 



And just in case you had to know, we also have a Leprechaun friend. You can read about him here!


Our elf will be arriving in just a couple of days. I know that most parents who follow this tradition will kick it off the morning after Thanksgiving. Let me tell you that our elf isn’t that punctual (like the rest of his family. lol) so he won’t be arriving at our home until December 1st.

How excited are your kids when the Elf on the Shelf returns?

I’ll decorate the shelf with a little holiday cheer, some Christmas ornaments, and a couple of poinsettias. Our elf, Zart is his name, will take his place on the shelf, along with all the goodies he’s brought us. He usually brings candy canes and other sweet little treats. And of course, he’ll also leave a special handwritten note. My kiddo will dash out of bed to find him and be overjoyed at the first sight of his mischievous friend. I love seeing the excitement on my little boy’s face. It truly fills my heart, year after year and it’s when I know that the Christmas season has finally begun!

Our Elf on the Shelf is back! Every year he brings sweet treats and a special little note to let us know he's back and ready for some Christmas fun.
The handwritten letter from the Elf on the Shelf makes his arrival special. Every year he also arrives with a few special treats. One year he brought us a nice set of flavored lip balms. My kiddo loved it!

2016 Update: Last year we added a new little elf friend to our family. His name is Zippy and he came to watch over baby girl.


Now each of the kiddos has their own elf.

Last year our elf friends left us a table full of goodies on the night before Christmas eve. Their way of saying goodbye I guess. 😉


He's back! We love reading the Elf on the Shelf book to celebrate our elf friend's return!
We love to welcome our elf by reading about one of our favorite  Christmas Traditions.

Our little elf friend brings lots of FUN Christmas cheer to our home. Below are pics from seasons past.

Does your family have an Elf on the Shelf? See what our elf has been up to!


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The Elf on the Shelf Return. See how we celebrate this Christmas tradition.

Does your family have an Elf on the Shelf?

If you don’t , I thought you might want one.  Just click the pic below.   


When it’s finally Christmas Eve and time for our elf to return to the North Pole, Santa will scoop him up on his last gift delivery run. We’ll all be sad to see him go.

When do your kids say goodbye to their Elf on the Shelf. Here's one way to make it FUN and keep the Christmas magic alive.
We set out cookies for Santa and say good-bye to our friend Zart. Last year we even wore our special Elf on the Shelf PJs as part of our special good-bye. Aren’t they cute?

The first year we said goodbye my little kid cried (a lot) and it broke my heart, so here’s what I did. I got him a year-long elf friend!


Yes, we have resident elves living in our home now! (Don’t judge)

Each of my kids now has their own  The Elf on the Shelf Plushee Pal to cuddle up with all year round. These fuzzy elves listen to daily worries and can keep special requests till our elf returns. The season will end and Christmas cheer will eventually fade, but the magic doesn’t have to thanks to our plushie friends!

Call me crazy but I’m a sucker for anything magical and FUN! 🙂

What’s also nice about these Plushee Elves is that they are totally huggable and kissable and can help calm any temptation to touch the official Elf on the Shelf while he’s still here. Yes, that temptation is very real people! hahaha!

Is your kid sad to say goodbye to their Elf on the Shelf. Here's a friend that can make them feel better and keep the Christmas magic alive for the rest of the year.
On her first Christmas our baby girl got her own Elf on the Shelf Plushee Girl Pal too. She loves getting snuggles from her little elf friend.

Do you have a mischievous little elf visiting your home this year?  Would love to hear about his adventures! Scroll down and leave me a note below. 🙂

Are you looking for some other FUN Elf on the Shelf items to add to your Christmas tradition?  Below are a few that I LOVE, including the Elf on the Shelf Plushee Pal, the PJs and lip balm set you saw in my pics above .

The Elf on the Shelf Plushee Pal available in boy or girl

Elf on the Shelf Graphic Tee Multipack Express Yourself Novelty

An Elf’s Story DVD – we LOVE watching this adorable movie

An Elf’s Story Sound Book – the storybook is pretty FUN too!

Elf on the Shelf Pets Reindeer – we’re considering a pet for our elf friend 🙂

30 Unique Magical Merry Elf Notes to Accompany Your Elf on the Shelf

Elf on the Shelf Hide & Seek Game — Based on the Bestselling Book

Elf on The Shelf Naughty or Nice Board Game

Elf on the Shelf A Birthday Tradition

Elf on the Shelf Little Boys’ Snowflakes and Stripes 2-Piece Pajama Set, Red, 6

Wilton 2104-8552 Elf on The Shelf Cocoa Trimming Kit

The Elf on the Shelf 3 Flavored Lip Balms, Keychain, and 1 Sticker Sheet.

For even more ideas, follow my Elf on the Shelf Pinterest board.

Follow NYC Tech Mommy’s board Elf on the Shelf on Pinterest.


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