As Christmas gets closer, excitement levels mount and, in inverse proportion, the behavior of the kids seems to get worse and worse. You need some help maintaining order, so maybe it is time to introduce your kids to a girl or boy Elf on the Shelf. According to Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell's book "The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition," elves visit children in the weeks leading up to Christmas. They report to Santa, letting him know who has been good and who has been bad. Read the book with the kids, and then hide the Elf on the Shelf doll somewhere in the house each day. With the elf watching and reporting to his boss, the kids are sure to mind their manners. You have the option of getting a girl Elf on the Shelf or a boy, and both come in two different variations. Each one comes in a dark skin and dark hair option as well as a light skin and light hair option. Thanks to the vast inventory on eBay, you can find the boy or girl Elf on the Shelf doll and book that you need to get started with this delightful Christmas tradition. Best of all, unlike other holiday traditions, this tradition can actually save you work. Enjoy the few weeks of vacation from disciplining the kids — hopefully.
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