Elf Traditions

Dec 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th are the same activities from our (with our?) elf, Twinkle every year. This year we have a new girl elf, Snowflake who joined us for our annual North Pole Breakfast. They both were dressed as gingerbread elves!

December 1st we always welcome our elves back with a North Pole Breakfast (previous post). This year’s theme was Gingerbread Candyland Christmas


December 2nd, we always have 25 wrapped books in a basket that the children get to open every night leading up to Christmas.



December 3rd, we always write out our wish list for Christmas. I save their lists in their keepsake totes. 🙂 I might possibly try to make a craft out of them, one day!



December 4th, we always get an ornament “from the elf.” It’s been the same ornament for the last couple of years because they really like it, I really like it, and now it’s become part of the tradition. It’s a Snoopy countdown ornament. Originally, I wanted to add a new ornament per year, but we’ve been doing them with the North Pole Breakfast.

This year, our elves wrapped new ornaments (because I didn’t have a battery for our countdown one – oops! and we have about 4 ornaments to still give them, but I didn’t want to do it all at once).


From December 5th-25th, we fill in the calendar with things going on around town and try to match our elf with an activity. There are also movies we watch every single year (like most families) and those are our special themed nights and on those nights, I don’t usually have a book wrapped; I have the movie wrapped instead (some of our themed nights are: Elf, Snowman, Gingerbread, Grinch, Polar Express, and Reindeer. I have posts for those if you search my blog).

Of course, there are so many books for Christmas, but I’m going to post the ones we have because I really like them! If you don’t have 24-25 Christmas books, I suggest checking them out at the local library…you can have them for up to 3 weeks (at ours, at least) and if you won’t be done with them before Christmas is up, you can just renew them and it’s like they still got a “new” book for Christmas time.

Dec 2: “What Is Christmas?” by Michelle Medlock Adams


Dec 3: “Best Christmas Hunt Ever” by John Speirs


Dec 4: “Just a Snowman” by Mercer Mayer


Dec 5: A Pop-Up Christmas book


Dec 6: “Llama llama Holiday Drama” by Anna Dewdney


Dec 7: “Look and Find Santa


Dec 8: “Polar Express” movie

Dec 9: “Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas” by Jane O’Connor


Dec 10: “The Christmas Sweater” by Glenn Beck


Dec 11: “Snow Day” by Lynn Plourde


Dec 12: “Frosty the Snowman” movie

Dec 13: “Frozen Noses” by Jan Carr


Dec 14: “Flip and Flop” by Dawn Apperley


Dec 15: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” movie

Dec 16: “Katie the Candy Cane Fairy” (and I just saw in the book store today: Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy  Yes, I had to have it!)


Dec 17: “Ice Age Christmas Special” movie

Dec 18: “Snowmen at Night” by Caralyn Buehner


Dec 19: “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” movie

Dec 20: “Merry Xmas, Mom and Dad” by Mercer Mayer


Dec 21: “The Christmas Star” by Marcus Pfister


Dec 22: “God Gave Us Christmas” by Lisa Tawn Bergren


Dec 23: : “The Night Before the Night Before Christmas” by Natasha Wing


Dec 24: “The Night Before Christmas


Dec 25: “Christmas Is Here


Check back for more Elf on the Shelf ideas throughout the month!



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