How to introduce kids to the Elf on the Shelf #ScoutElfReturnWeek

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I am all about holiday traditions… We always set up our tree the weekend after Thanksgiving, every year the children get a brand new personalized ornament, and every year they each get a new book the week of Christmas, which we all sit around reading together. It is traditions like these that my Mama instilled in me and I hope that my children continue for years to come. This year, Kohl’s has helped up begin a new holiday tradition; The Elf on the Shelf.

Elf on the shelf

We had all heard of the Elf on the Shelf but none of us knew the story or what the Elf was, so to help introduce us, Kohl’s sent us a pajama package filled with PJ’s for each of the kids, as well as, the Elf on the Shelf, and a Kohl’s gift card to go grab some more fun stuff. introduction to Elf on the Shelf

To help introduce our kids to the Elf on the Shelf, I had them open the huge Kohl’s holiday box to find their Elf goodies. They jumped for joy and immediately went upstairs to change into their new comfy PJ’s… while I opened the Elf on the Shelf. They then got together to read the Elf on the Shelf story…

Read the Elf on the Shelf book

They loved the cute storybook and after reading it, we each chose names for our new Elf and put them in a hat. Little Man chose Storm, Little Miss chose Stormy, and Baby Miss chose Snowy. Little Man chose a name out of the hat and voila, our new Elf on the Shelf was named Snowy.

the Elf on the Shelf PJ's

We put the box with Snowy on a shelf and the next day headed to Kohl’s to find some more Elf on the Shelf items. As we walked in, the kids ran right to the Elf on the Shelf section and we all decided to purchase items to make an Elf on the Shelf movie night.

Elf on the Shelf at Kohl's

That night, the kids cuddled up in their new super-soft blanket, Snowy (Still in the box since we can’t touch him) and An Elf’s Story™ DVD by The Elf on the Shelf®.

Elf on the Shelf Movie Nigth

After the movie was over, we were all excited to have Snowy join our family. The kids discussed all the things Snowy might tell Santa each night, meanwhile, Hubby and I smiled knowing that together we have created a new holiday tradition for years to come.

finding the elf on the shelf

Be sure to stop by your neighborhood Kohl’s or go to to stock up on all the wonderful Elf on the Shelf items!

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How did you introduce your kids to the Elf on the Shelf?


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  1. I’ve always thought Elf on the Shelf was really cute. Unfortunately, it became a thing after my niece and nephew had gotten a little too old.

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