I did it…I guess I should be saying, we did it! We have three extremely excited children, each with their own Magic Elf and we are embarking on our first Christmas incorporating the Elf Magic tradition thanks to the Elves we received from Elf Magic. This Elf tradition is the only one that lets your child play and cuddle with their Elf, which I am a HUGE fan of. Let me explain…
What is Elf Magic?
First, a little about Elf Magic:
“Elf Magic is the booming tradition where Santa’s “magic” Elves visit children’s homes during the Christmas season. The visiting Elf comes to life at night to embark on all kinds of adventures – the remnants of which surprise children when they awake the next morning. Elf Magic Elves are also very sweet and enjoy being held and loved throughout the day. While some of the Elves have mischievous streaks from time to time, Santa knows which Elf will be the best fit for each family. So whether a family wants excitement or simply companionship from their Elf, Santa will make sure their Christmas wish comes true.”
The Tradition Begins
I will be honest. I was not going to jump into the “Elf” tradition this year. I have heard tales about them from my children’s friends and their parents and they sounded like so much work. And the biggest deterrent to me, was that the elf was not supposed to be touched. My children are the type that have to touch. And so the Elf tradition sounded like added stress and one more thing around the house that I would have to police (keeping the Christmas Tree standing is hard enough!), both of which I would love less of during the Christmas Season. No Elf’s for us!
BUT then some crazy teacher at school started bringing their Elf to in a couple of weeks ago. I started to see that Christmas twinkle and excitement in my children’s eyes every time they saw that teacher or visited her room and luckily that is when I learned about the Elf Magic Tradition.
How It Works
Step 1: Write a letter to Santa Claus. The tradition begins when your child writes a littler to Santa requesting an Elf Magic friend to visit through the holiday season.
They even worked together to write a letter for their little sister.
Step 2: The Elf appears. Once, the Elf has finished all their work at the North Pole, the Elf magically appears sometime between Thanksgiving and the days leading up to Christmas. I may or may not have told my children that the Elf cannot come unless their rooms were clean because they do not want to get lost in them. Now they have amazingly clean rooms for the start of the Holiday Season. Our Elves then appeared under each child’s pillow and I cannot even describe how surprised and excited they were!!!
That evening, I kept hearing exclamations of how they thought their Elf’s eyebrow moved or that they thought they saw them smile!
Step 3: Read the poem and tips from Santa that will explain the tradition and what the Elf needs. Each Elf brings Magic North Pole Snowflakes (included) that the child should sprinkle on them each night to bring him or her to life. Then magically when everyone is asleep, the Elf goes on all types of adventurous Elfcapades. Now the Elfcapades were my biggest fear, but they do not always have to be crazy (this is explained more in the poem and tips from Santa). Elfcapades can be something simple like hiding or moving to a different room or something a little more fun like cookie baking, gift wrapping and hiding in freezers (because the Elves love the frosty temperature!). If a small mess is made (also explained in the tips), your children are supposed to help clean it up, which amazingly mine have been more then happy to do!
So for us, one night I was making a pie anyways and let the Elves wrap it up for me…
…and another night they were found on the couch with the remote in hand.
For more inspiration, click here for Elfcapades ideas or to share your own.
Step 4: Elf fun is not only at night. Elf Magic Elves love to be held and loved thoughout the day. Their visit is only for a short time, so playing with the Elf Magic Elf makes their stay more special and creates family memories. Like I said earlier, this is my FAVORITE part. No added pressure on this mom to make sure the Elf is not touched. Love it!
Step 5: Elves may make surprise visits during the year. All Elves return to help Santa at the North Pole on Christmas Eve ready to return to create more memories next year. But because children get attached to their Elves, they have been known to show up for brief visits thoughout the year as a surprise for a special events, like a birthday, first day of school or a family vacation. My son is super excited about this possibility!
So far we are enjoying our new tradition and it helps me to remember to have a little fun and not to be such a Stress Scrouge during this special and magical time of year.
*I received product in order to help facilitate our experience. Regardless, all opinions are 100% my own!