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A New Tradition


I bought a new book last week.

The Elf on the Shelf is a book about a little elf that watches the kids and reports to Santa.  Every day he shows up in a different place and the kids have to find him in the morning.  The book also came with the elf.  We named him Alfred.

What does our Nativity Scene have to do with Elf on the Shelf?  Look a little closer.

Yep, that’s where the kids found him one morning.  The night I read the book to them they were making fun of it, but I knew once Alfred started moving around they’d get into it.  I was right.  Even the teenagers are having fun with Alfred.

Our dinner went so well last night.  Honey grilled pork tenderloins.  We had mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, stuffing, and a salad.  Our guests were young adults that are on two music teams with CTI.  We had a great time blessing them.  And wow, can they play Rock Band!!!

There has been knitting.  I’m making another Flirty Ruffle Scarf.  There’s also some Koigu that made its way out of the stash.

Honey is gone tonight.  Part of my house is clean.  So I’m going to go move Alfred to his next spot, and then I’m going to knit for a while.


Author: mariajhmom

I'm a wife, mom, quilter, knitter, and spinner. I blog at

6 thoughts on “A New Tradition

  1. My Swedish father passed along the tradition of the Jul Tomtens watching for good and bad little boys and girls and reporting to Santa. I still have my Jul Tomtens from my childhood, but they’re like Alfred…they are only the symbols. The real tomtens are seen out of the corner of your eye only when the flash of a shadow darts past the window.

  2. Love. It! Skipping off to Amazon. 🙂

  3. Oh dear.
    I may have to buy the book… just for the elf!
    What a fun tradition!

  4. We got an elf this year, too! he moved in at the beginning of December, and I’m wondering how he never found us before. So much fun! Though, the rule of the house is, ‘If Henry so much as looks at my yarn cross-eyed, he’s toast!”

  5. Our tradition is taking the Christmas villages and scenes at my mom’s house and rearranging them. Our favorite is making the lady with the candle set Santa’s butt on fire! And we take the letter blocks that spell Noel or Merry Christmas and create new holiday greetings.

  6. What a great idea! I will have to look for that book for my grandsons.

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