Friday, December 31, 2010

Elf on the Shelf

This year we started the Elf on the Shelf tradition in our house.  I wanted to do it last year but I think the idea of Christmas and Santa was just setting in to Emerson and adding another element would have been a bit overwhelming.  So, we waited until this year and that proved to be the best decision.  Emerson loved her Elf on the Shelf.  We started on December 5th when we got back from the beach.  We read the book about the elf and as a family named our elf, Riddle.  Riddle had a new hiding place every morning, then he would fly to the North Pole to tell Santa about Emerson and appear the next morning in a another new hiding place.  Emerson asked about Riddle every morning when she woke up and couldn't wait to get out of bed and find where he was.  Often saying to Danny and me, "Riddle is a good hider!"

The first week Riddle was nice enough to only hide in Emerson's room.  He started with all the easy spots until she got the drift of how the process worked, then he moved downstairs.  Riddle was a great "hider" and it was fun trying to find all his hiding spots.  Maybe next year when he returns the spots will get even more challenging.  We can't wait until his return next year!!!

Some of Riddle's hiding spots.....
Emerson's room * A wreath * Garland * In the Christmas Tree * On our microwave * Hidden amongst decorations * In the wine cooler * Lighting Fixtures

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