Meet Josh


I saw the Elf on the Shelf last year and thought it was such a great idea and was reminded again about it this year from my blog pal Janae’s post about her Elf, Pip! I also inquired with her on how she introduced her little visitor to get ideas on how to introduce him to our kiddo’s.

If you are not familiar with Elf on the Shelf, click HERE to get more information.

We thought it would be a good idea to start this year since Ryan really understands that Christmas is coming and Santa is watching who is good and bad to determine who gets presents and who gets rocks.  Rocks have replaced coal in our house and Ryan is devastated if he thinks he is getting rocks.  Hopefully by starting now, Reese will also catch on to the Elf’s good intentions.

Ryan has named our Elf ‘Josh’.  This was decided after careful thought and passing up names like Jasper, Santa Claus, Sponge Bob and a few others. 

Some questions have come up since Josh arrived and he has truly consumed Ryan’s thoughts.

Ryan:  How did he get up there?  (referring to his location on the mantle)
Me:  I have no idea! He magically appeared there while you were away at school!

Ryan:  Why doesn’t he blink?
Erik:  Elves don’t blink because they have to keep a good watch over you, Reese and Rayne.

Ryan:  Is the Elf watching over Mackie too (our dog)?
Me:  No, Mackie doesn’t get presents from Santa.
Me:  Okay, the Elf is watching over Mackie too making sure she is a good dog.

While sitting at breakfast…
Ryan:  (in a very upset voice) he isn’t looking at me!  He’s only looking at Reese! 
Erik:  He looks at you when you aren’t looking!
*this answer brought a quick game of Ryan turning his head and Erik telling him that he’s looking at him now and Ryan would quickly look back and of course Josh had his head back facing Reese.  Ryan tried to not turn his head but only move his eyes to see if Josh would look at him but we explained that Josh is magically FAST!

I am not sure if we brought Josh out too soon since we have an entire month of November and December ahead, but I guess now is as good a time as any.  I am eager to hear the questions he comes home with each day.  It is a tad bit creepy to have a stuffed toy moving all around your house but I can only imagine what it is like as a child.  Just before bed last night, Ryan wished the Elf a good night and asked him to tell Santa hi for him.  I thought it was so sweet.  On his way to school this morning he told Erik that he was going to tell the Elf that he wanted a skateboard, a big Woody from Toy Story and a big Spiderman so that he can go back and tell Santa tonight. 

Ryan asked if the Elf can see and hear him at school.  I said yes and asked if he was a good boy and he said ‘no.. um, I mean yes.’ So, even now he is thinking about how he needs to act when he is away from home too. 
I love having new traditions in our family.  Do you have an Elf on the Shelf or a family tradition that starts this time of year?

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dottie said...

We have this!!! I never thought to name him though. Maybe I'm doing it wrong?!

Ella loved it. Even when we forgot to hid him and he was in the same spot as the day prior. Ha,ha!

Rebekah said...

We LOVE our Elf and it really helped around our house last year. I hope it does this year too!

Emmy said...

We don't have an elf- but very tempted to get one now.

Gauger Family said...

How cute! I just got mine last week. Can't wait to do it this year :)

Brittney said...

I am definitely going to have to get one of these

Impulsive Addict said...

Some of my friends have been doing this for a couple of years. I LOVE the Elf! It's perfect!

Krista said...

We got an Elf on the Shelf last year for Christmas. I love the idea! It might be a little to early for J though, to do. When I was a nanny in college, the family I worked for had one and it was wonderfully effective! He was always getting into messes and hiding for them to find. So fun!

Bridget said...

I so wish they had this around when Kyle was a little. We were at my sister's last Christmas and they have an elf sock monkey and it was fun getting to help plan where he would be and the mischief he would get into after her boys would go to bed.

Jessica said...

I have never heard of this!! What a GREAT idea though! I really need a kid so that I can participate in some of these fun Christmas traditions. I'll have to keep this in mind for the future though. I would have loved this as a kid.

Liberty said...

Ours is named Charlie Michael. He usually comes right after Thanksgiving and the closer it gets to Christmas, the more I forget to moved him!! He became quite mischevious last year and I think he will this year as well. ;)