This year we have welcomed Sparkle our Elf on the Shelf doll. Isabell picked out the name, after Twighlight Sparkle (My Little Pony) of which she believes in her heart of hearts that Santa is bringing her for Christmas if she is a good girl.
For those not aware of Elf on the Shelf, it is a great activity you can do with your kids every year at Christmas time and basically involves a little doll (you can buy a boy or girl doll) and you hide it around the house everyday and pose it doing something funny, and then the kids have to find it. You can read more about it here.
There a hundreds of ideas on the internet about where and how to pose your Elf and some of them are so funny and inventive so you will never run out of ideas. I also have a pinterest board with great ideas so make sure you follow me.
We are going to start when we put our tree up which will be this weekend (we usually do it the 1st of December however as that is a Monday this year we will do it on the weekend). Now that Isabell is four I think she will get a real kick out of playing this every day and I love that I can have a family tradition that we can continue.
If you want to purchase your own Elf on the Shelf, they are available thru this link. (Please note I am an affiliate of The Book Depository, I will receive a small commission when you purchase from this website, so thank you. )