I have seen the many mischievous scenarios of the Elf on the Shelf on Facebook over the last couple of years. I have watched as my friends and family have been so creative in creating new scenes of chaos.

This year my 8 year old asked if we had an Elf on the Shelf. I told him no, we have never had one. He hears from his friends at school that the elf is watching and he has been curious why we don’t have an elf watching.

It just isn’t a tradition I want to incorporate into our holiday season. I haven’t put much thought into it, just that it didn’t seem right for our family.

As many of you know, in Montessori we put emphasis in helping a child adapt to his time and place in this world; cultural adaptation. As I think if this, I think about how the Elf on the Shelf has won a prominent place in our winter holiday culture.

I came across this blog post the other day and was delighted to see a new option.
http://theimaginationtree.com/2013/11/alternative-elf-on-shelf-tradition-kindness-elf-kindness-elves.html

I’m wondering if the Elf on the Shelf is here to stay…

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