30: The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition

We’ve all seen this little guy and wondered, “What’s the deal with The Elf on the Shelf?”

I’ve had a lot of friends adopt this new Christmas tradition and they all seem to be having a lot of fun with it! Some family members take turns hiding the elf around the house each day during Advent and letting the others find it, then hide it, again. If you have time, another hilarious activity is to pose the elf getting into Christmas mischief and mishaps around the house or classroom every day!

There is a whole line of related products and a variety of elves available:

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition with Blue Eyed North Pole
The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition with Brown Eyed North Pole Elf,brown skin, black hair
The Elf on the Shelf – Girl Elf Edition with North Pole Blue Eyed Girl Elf and Girl-character themed Storybook

The Claus Couture Elf on the Shelf Skirt Collector’s Edition 2012
The Claus Couture Scout Elf Skirt
The Elf on the Shelf Girl Plushee Pal – Light
Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s Story Elf Figurines, Set of 4
Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s Story Santa Figurine
Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s Story Sound Book

Baby Elf on the Shelf in Bag
The Elf on the Shelf: Activity Book – Great for teachers!
An Elf’s Story DVD

45: Bedtime Stories for Christmas

If you aren’t already reading books at bedtime, this is a great tradition to start. It’s great for your infants, toddlers, pre-readers, young readers, advanced readers, and tweens! Here are some great Christmas titles for the season:

Photo courtesy of abbamouse.

49: Usborne Books

If I had to pick one thing that I couldn’t live without, it would be books. It runs in my family. One grandmother was a librarian, the other a literature fan. One grandfather was a church scholar, preacher, and history buff, and my dad is a huge science fiction fan. My husband is a voracious reader, and it’s been passed on to our daughter, who reads more than any other kid I know. I love to read and enjoy that when I have the time. I love books of all kinds, but especially non-fiction! Around this house, we love to learn about all kinds of things, so you can find books on just about everything in our family library.

As a homeschooler, we consume books at a near-alarming rate, so I’m always on the lookout for great stuff. I discovered Usborne Books a few years ago at a homeschooler expo, and love them! They have beautiful, durable volumes in addition to some non-book items. The illustrations and photos are vibrant and plentiful, while the content is rich and accurate. Take a look at their books and see what you like! They have internet specials frequently, too, so check back often!

There’s a Mouse in the House is one of our kids’ most beloved books! It has a little mouse that slips through cutout slots in each page, and the kids love it!

56: Personalized Gifts for Kids

Every kid loves to see their name on various items: books, mugs, placemats, signs, or just about anything else! What could be better than a Christmas Story featuring your child? Our daughter received one of these as a gift a few years ago, and it is still one of her favorite books! Personalized gifts are fun!

Personalized items at Walter Drake

Personalized Christmas Story about your child for just 1 cent!

Oriental Trading Company, Inc.

Great photo courtesy of Megan Soh.

69: Collecting Christmas Tree Ornaments

Collecting Christmas tree ornaments is a fun hobby that anyone can manage. Our family collects ornaments from family vacations. We have a lot of Disney ornaments, in particular. Do you collect ornaments, and if you do, do you have a theme? Here’s a list of some interesting themes if you want to start collecting.

  • Disney – anything Mickey-related
  • Family Vacations
  • Homemade – knitting, crocheting, tatting, cross-stitch, carved, painted
  • Super Heroes – logos, colors, miniatures
  • Lego – a variation on homemade ornaments
  • Music – instruments, symbols
  • Heritage – Irish, German, Russian, Norwegian, etc.
  • Nature – pinecones, cranberries, feather ornaments, birds
  • Collectibles – Waterford, Swarovski, Kinkade, Lenox, etc.
  • Kids – paper chains, dough ornaments, etc.
  • Collegiate – if you want a Crimson Tide tree, here’s your chance
  • Color theme – specific color palette
  • Style theme – Victorian, ’50s, Country, Modern
  • Photo theme – frame ornaments
  • Children’s books – mini-books, characters, decoupage balls

There are certainly many more Christmas tree themes out there. If yours isn’t on this list, post it in a comment! We all love to hear new ideas! Ornaments make great Christmas gifts, too!

Great photo courtesy of Monica D. (CosmoPolitician)