Introducing My Children To Christmas Traditions

We're getting very close to Christmas. Even though decorations and gifts have been in stores for many weeks, I'm just now beginning to prepare my family for the holiday season ahead.

I started to wonder... how will I explain Christmas to my son? He's 2.5 years old and could probably begin to understand the concept of Santa Claus. How will I explain it?

I understand that there is another reason for Christmas and why we celebrate the holiday. What I am wondering about are the traditions that we carry on through characters wearing red suits and big fuzzy hats.

Elf On The Shelf is something that I just learned about from a co-worker. I had never heard of it before. Judging by my Pinterest feed, most of my friends know about it and use the elf at home.

There is something strange about the idea of telling my son that a toy is watching him. I think it goes back to a fear that I had as a child. I always wondered about what my toys and stuffed animals were doing when I wasn't around. This was way before the movie Toy Story ever hit theaters! It appears that I'm not the only one that was worried about that sort of thing!

I did a little research on the Elf On The Shelf. He is kind of cute! He seems harmless and has a cute story that goes along with him. I even found a website dedicated to the elf. The website includes frequently asked questions about the elf and lots of products for purchase, of course.

I also noticed that there will be a special movie about Elf On The Shelf on December 14th on CBS. I am interested to see it! Maybe it will be enough to convince me to introduce my children to the elf.

What do you think? Do you use tactics to get kids your kids to behave around Christmastime? Or are your children perfect angels that need no coercing? ;)

About the Author...
Melanie Bloom
In her spare time, you can find Melanie spending time with her husband and their two children, Bryce and Gillian.
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