This House Loves the Elf and I’ll Tell You Why

I absolutely love Elf on the Shelf and the Christmas magic it brings along. It’s so much fun as a mother to see the excitement every morning when they all run around together to see what they elves did over night. It is, of course, more on my plate as a mother to figure out what they will do and where they will be the next morning, but I also experience the magic of Christmas in doing so. I get so excited thinking about how much the kids will laugh or love what the elves are doing. I look forward to doing my nightly duty and love to find things to do and embrace my creativity.

ALL the Possibilities

The possibilities are endless and our elves are part of our family for the Christmas season. A few years ago, our oldest child fell into a fire pit while camping and burnt his hand on Thanksgiving. When our elf came that year, he came with a bandaged hand just like our son. He was so impressed that his elf had a “bobo” like him. We’ve added an elf to the family with each pregnancy (we have 3 elves and 4 kids because we have twins). Santa sent the third one last year, a baby elf, because we welcomed our last baby into our family. The kids named them each and they remember them throughout the year.

The elves in our house are simply sent by Santa to keep an eye on our kids but they also teach our kids the real Reason of Christmas. Our elves do not bring gifts everyday. They check to make sure they are doing the important things like listening to mommy and daddy, being kind to their siblings, and doing good at school. Of course, our elves do silly things like hide in our freezer but they also do meaningful things like pray by our nativity. This year they will be bringing a panoramic nativity for us to countdown to Christmas with while learning the real meaning of Christmas. You can be silly, but also teach your kids things by using the elves. If you embrace it, the sky is the limit.


I’m a creature of habit and I love a good tradition. I was so excited to start the tradition on The Elf on the Shelf with my kiddos. I think it’s a fun and pretty easy way to bring the Magic of Christmas into our house. Our elves come the day after Thanksgiving every year. My kids range in ages from 5 years old to 1 year old. They started getting excited for their elves to arrive as soon as school let out for the holiday. It’s so much fun to see that kind of excitement for something that isn’t tv or another electronic especially #because2020.

If you aren’t doing The Elf on the Shelf in your house, I think you should give it a try. You won’t be disappointed and if you start with the right attitude you will really enjoy seeing the joy it brings to your house.

Tessa Stuard
Born and raised in Baton Rouge, currently living in Central, LA with my family. I am married to my husband of 7 years, Alva. We have four children, Jakoby (6), twins-Kirby and Camp (4), and Ella Ray (1). I am a Pediatric RN, BSN turned stay at home mom. I am an extreme extrovert that loves spending time with my hubby, kiddos, camping, mani/pedis, crafts, sushi, watching baseball and pretty much anything that gives me a good excuse to have a margarita!


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