Hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving! It’s already the day after Thanksgiving here, and that only means one thing for us – Elvis is in the house.
Elvis is our Elf on the Shelf. My girls were up at the crack of dawn and searching the house for Elvis. It took them a while, but Elvis was eventually spotted swinging from the chandelier.
For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, Elf on the Shelf was all the rage when we were in the US last year. I’m so glad we jumped on the bandwagon as it is just so much fun for the girls.
The idea is that the elf shows up after Thanksgiving and hangs around until Christmas Eve. Every night the elf goes back to the North Pole to update Santa on the naughty/nice behavior of the children. Then, the sneaks back into the house and hides in a new spot. My kids wake up very excited to find where Elvis is hiding, and spend the day telling him their Christmas wish list. It’s also handy to say “Elvis is watching you” when they start misbehaving.
I realized today that it’s a bit tricky having Elvis in the house when the rest of Australia has not yet discovered the Elf on the Shelf. This morning we went to story time at the library, and when the librarian kicked thing off by asking if any of the children had any news, Grace’s hand immediately shot up in the air. She said “Elvis came to our house this morning!” “Did he sing?” was the librarians quick reply. Not to be deterred, Grace said “No, but he’s hanging on the lamp. And, if you go downstairs, you can see his little legs and little bottom on the lamp.”
The poor librarian had no idea, but he was laughing along with everyone else.
Afterwards, I took the kids to sit on Santa’s lap as a reward to being good girls while I picked up some Christmas presents. As soon as they had Santa’s attention, they told him all about his elf, Elvis, who is visiting our house. The poor Santa had no idea what they were talking about, but thankfully he didn’t argue and just nodded and smiled.
If you have young children at home, I highly recommend the Elf on the Shelf. (For those of you in Australia, Amazon will ship an elf to your door at a reasonable rate.) It has been enormous amounts of fun for our family.
Where oh where will Elvis turn up tomorrow?