Dear Crissy

Meet Louie – Our Elf on the Shelf

About two months ago, I posed a question to my Twitter friends. I asked them to tell me which Christmas books their children adore. I received several responses, but when one of my Twitter pals began telling me about The Elf on the Shelf, I knew immediately that I needed to do some more research on this book.

After spending about five minutes browsing The Elf on the Shelf website, I was placing my order, and soon enough a package arrived on our doorstep (from the North Pole, of course) containing a delightful book, and a cute yet undeniably borderline-creepy little elf. Our elf. Louie.

Did Mommy jump the gun on The Elf on the Shelf? Maybe. While Evan loves being read to, he doesn’t quite understand that this little toy should not be touched. I also feel a little guilty for choosing our elf’s name, when that was supposed to be my kid’s job. After two days of asking him what he wanted to name his elf, and being met with a blank stare, I chose a name that I knew he could pronounce perfectly. I have to admit, hearing him say “LOO-WEE” is just perfectly delicious, however, 9 times out of 10, he prefers saying, “Elf on Shelf! Elf on Shelf!” That works, too. Maybe he can just choose a name on his own next year!


A Christmas Tradition is an activity the entire family will enjoy. Based on the tradition Carol Aebersold began with her family in the 1970s, this cleverly rhymed children’s book explains that Santa knows who is naughty and/or nice because he sends a scout elf to every home. During the holiday season, the elf watches children by day and reports to Santa each night. When children awake, the elf has returned from the North Pole and can be found hiding in a different location. This activity allows The Elf on the Shelf to become a delightful hide-and-seek game.

Personally, I think Louie is sweet. I love the book, and I am looking forward to continuing this tradition each holiday season. I can only imagine that the ritual will become quite fun when Evan is old enough to really understand the story. Believing in Santa Claus is one of the brightest memories from my childhood, and quite honestly, I can’t wait to fib like crazy to my kid about Santa, flying reindeer, and magical elves for years to come!

I also wanted to note, that I’ve seen some wonderful posts from other bloggers about The Elf on the Shelf this week. In one of my favorite posts, @ComplicatedMama shares 15 Fun Creative Ideas To Hide Your Elf On The Shelf.

I asked my Twitter followers to tell me about their Elf on the Shelf. Following are some stories, and Elf on the Shelf names for your Christmas pleasure!

ELf on the Shelf Names and Musings

@SthrnFairytale Ours is named Charlie—this is his second year. The magic, fun and joy is priceless.

@gingeranderson We got it when my son was a little young (2) so he named it “elf.” I’m hoping that’s not an indicator of his future creativity. ;)

@ccnoffi We do. Our soon to be 5 yo named our Gaston. I have no idea.

@AndreaMemenas Our elf is Spike. My son named it.

@burghbaby Alexis named our Elf Chrissy because *she* is a Christmas Elf. Of course. This kid has good taste!

@Mommycosm We have an elf named Murray.

@fantasticmomma We are doing Elf On The Shelf for the first time. My kids named him Roger.

@SuburbanMatron My daughter named her elf Flower.

@hooeycritic we just started it this year – named him watson. He’s creepy.

@KristiMaristi we have an elf. He creeps me out & sits there on the shelf for 2yrs now. We have never even opened the book that goes w/ it. <— kind of died laughing on this one.

Do you have an Elf on the Shelf? If not, which books are special for your family during the holiday season? Oh, and while we’re talking about Twitter, did you know that you can follow @ElfonShelf? Yep!

I highly recommend purchasing an The Elf on the Shelf for your little one this holiday season, it is truly a special and fun family tradition!

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  1. Merry120 — November 29, 2010 @ 11:02 pm (#)

    This is the first year with our Elf on a Shelf. He is scheduled to make his first appearance on Wednesday. Let’s just hope I get over this cold before then or he might be a day late. ;)


    • Crissy — November 30th, 2010 @ 11:39 am

      fun! Hope you feel better before the big reveal :)

  2. Courtney — November 29, 2010 @ 11:12 pm (#)

    Ah, thanks for using my Twitter reply. We started this tradition last year and on December 1st, Gaston will make his way back to our house from the north pole (okay, out of the closet). My kids love the Elf on a Shelf!


    • Crissy — November 30th, 2010 @ 11:40 am

      Hi Courtney, no prob, thanks for posting! :)

  3. Randa781 — November 29, 2010 @ 11:17 pm (#)

    My friend did this with her kids last year and I thought it was so sweet. Every time I came over her son would show me the elf.


  4. Rhonda — November 29, 2010 @ 11:37 pm (#)

    My nephew has one named Townsend and the only difference is Townsend is a naughty elf and he does mischievous acts at night while Brandon sleeps…..Brandon told me this last weekend that Townsend was very naughty the night before because he had unrolled a roll of toliet paper all in the living room….Brandon had to clean up the mess to teach Townsend that he was being naughty! Now he has a naughty reindeer this year and his name is Paws! I really enjoy Brandon telling me the story of his elf and the reindeer!


    • Crissy — November 30th, 2010 @ 11:41 am

      Oh boy, a naughty elf! LOL. Can’t wait til my kid is savvy enough to blame the elf. :)

  5. ellen — November 29, 2010 @ 11:43 pm (#)

    OMgoodness- those elf’s have been around forever!!!! I will clue ya in, they are earlier than the 70’s!
    I remember when I was little in the 60’s we had one of the things, and I know my husband had one at his house because we found it when cleaning out his Mom’s house.
    They are creepy… the old ones had this little sinister plastic/rubber face, and our was stuffed with sawdust type junk but it basically looked the same with the long arms and legs *come to think of it I still might have the one my Mom had around)
    The story was basically the same- this elf would tattle if you were being bad.
    Maybe it got put in book form in the 70’s.
    Ha! Even will name it something eventually- we called ours ratfink behind it’s back- my Mom called it some cute name.


  6. Jennifer — November 29, 2010 @ 11:44 pm (#)

    We have the Elf on the Shelf. His name is Buddy the Elf. Of course, it’s after Will Farrel’s character in Elf; my son and I love the movie. Every night after the kids go to bed, I move Buddy. Its always fun, each morning, to see the kids looking for him. They get so excited when they find him. Its great. Also? We have never opened the book & read the story. We know he has magical powers & make up our own story…kind of our own twist on it.


  7. Jessica — November 30, 2010 @ 12:00 am (#)

    We are doing the Elf on the Shelf for the first time this year too! Pretty fun….as our Elf “Charlie” made his first appearance the day after Thanksgiving!


  8. Corine — November 30, 2010 @ 12:38 am (#)

    Thanks for the kind words and link up!

    Don’t feel guilty about choosing your elf’s name… I wish I had done that- or like you said, waited…. Now, its too far gone… He is forever “Elf THE shelf”, registered at The North Pole and everything. So very official. :)


    • Crissy — November 30th, 2010 @ 11:42 am

      Hey, no prob, loved the tips! :)

  9. Ginger — November 30, 2010 @ 12:43 am (#)

    Love the names! (Thanks for including mine! The most uncreative.)

    I checked out the 15 elf ideas, which are all super cute but we’re lucky if we can even remember to change his place every night. We alter the story when reading the book to say he often picks one spot he really likes to hang out in, just to cover our butt. :)


  10. Kim - Mommycosm — November 30, 2010 @ 8:21 am (#)

    This is our 3rd year with Murray. He arrives the day after Thanksgiving and goes back to the North Pole on Christmas night. He sometimes forgets to go home at night and relocate. *ahem* I’ve been assured this is because he either didn’t have anything new to report or the weather was bad.
    Definitely follow @ElfonShelf on Twitter. They let me know what Murray was doing before he arrived this year. The kids loved getting the updates.


  11. 1ne Proud Mama — November 30, 2010 @ 11:13 am (#)

    I have Heard so much about this little dude in my short time being a blogger and have never heard of him before this. I think it sounds like something aim going to have to check out!


    • lynn collins — November 25th, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

      I’m planning on getting one for my 6 year old.Much fun!!

  12. Sonya - Belly Charms — November 30, 2010 @ 12:31 pm (#)

    Our Elf is named Markle and he joined our family last year. I did a post about him too. It is lots of fun and when he is older, it does help him behave :)


  13. Karen — November 30, 2010 @ 2:19 pm (#)

    This is pretty funny. Today I received an email from The Bump with the worst holiday gifts for kids, and Elf on the Shelf was #10!


    • Crissy — November 30th, 2010 @ 3:59 pm

      It’s official, I hate The Bump lol. Crocheted blankets? Seriously?

  14. Lisa Brown — November 30, 2010 @ 2:20 pm (#)

    Ok – you’ve convinced me! I’m heading out to the store tonight to get one! I’ve heard a lot of good things, and can’t wait to start this new family tradition!


  15. Andrea — November 30, 2010 @ 9:26 pm (#)

    This is our second year with our Elf, Pickles. This might sound terrible but we’re right in the middle of potty training and Pickles is a miracle worker. After every potty trip, our son Campbell runs to Pickles and tells him to go tell Santa.

    This book was worth every penny. Our boys absolutely love it and it makes Christmas that much more fun.


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you are beautiful. hope to see you soon!