Santa's little secret: an elf on the shelf
The holidays have a way of making all kids a little crazier, but there's a simple way to help them remember to use their indoor voices, pick up their toys, and to not throw the cat into the Christmas tree ever again: an elf on the shelf.
Based on the tradition a mother began with her family in the 1970s, The Elf on the Shelf tradition explained just how Santa knew the behavior of children all over the world, he sent out elves who reported back to the Big Man himself.
An Elf on the Shelf kit is now available and would make a great gift for new parents. The kit consists of a vintage looking toy elf, a rhyming storybook that tells the story of the elf all contained within a decorative box that will house the elf in style during the off season. Celebrity momma Jennifer Garner was recently sighted carrying her own kit.
Of course, you don't need the official Shelf Elf to make this tradition your own. Our house has a couple of small elf toys that have served the same purpose and my oldest is still convinced they can actually fly. He happened to look over at the exact moment one of them fell out of the curtains when he was about four years old and it made quite an impression on him!