Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Ralph is back


Ralph. He's our elf. He came out last night to rejoin our family. Have you ever seen The Elf on the Shelf? I came across the gift set last year at a book store. It's a book and this elf figure dude. You get to name your family elf. We chose Ralph. It's my standard "funny" name. (Apologies to anybody named Ralph, but it's a name that just cracks me up and makes me giggle.) The cute story says something to the effect that Santa needs elf helpers to check on all the kids so our elf watches the girls each day and reports back to Santa each night and reappears in a different place in our home in the morning. They LOVE finding him each morning and it helps make getting up go much easier (we are NOT morning people). The story also says he can't be touched, and tells Santa of good deeds as well as mishaps. A gentle reminder when they start to bicker that Ralph is watching or a word of praise for a job well done noted that Ralph will be sure to let Santa know boosts behavior. It's a cleverly written story and since the girly girls still solidly believe in Santa, Ralph works for us.

Now I just have to make sure that I remember to find a new hiding space for him each night before I go to bed.



  1. What a cute idea!!! I'd never heard of it!

  2. That is such a fabulous idea. I have never heard of it either.

  3. I'd never heard of the story either but it sounds like a good one! The little elf looks SO similar to one my grandma had when I was little ... something she had from probably when my dad was little! Seeing him really took me back and really it makes it seem even more real that he could be Santa's helper! Maybe I should check into finding one to watch over our mischievous boys!

  4. What a great idea and book! Love it!! :) I'd like to find something like this for when Khloe is home. My older kids are long over Santa...but they'd sure have fun helping me hide it for Khloe's sake!! Cute!