Elf on the Shelf and other Holiday Traditions

I have to admit, I had only vaguely heard of “Elf on the Shelf” in the past. I never really knew to what it was a reference. Although I am a youth librarian (at heart), I did not have my own child until last Christmas so really had no clue what this Elf was all about. This year, I see posts and pictures all over the place! I am still on the shelf, if you will, about whether I will start this tradition with my daughter. I think it is a cute idea, but…

It did get me thinking, though, about other holiday traditions. Since my sister and her husband moved to Michigan, I spend Christmas and/or Christmas Eve with them. He is from Poland, so they make a huge, somewhat traditional Polish meal which includes numerous courses. And an empty chair. Such. Good. Food.

Many people have movies they watch each holiday season. Of course, the most popular would probably either be It’s a Wonderful Life  or Miracle on 34th Street. Or, dare I say it, perhaps Elf. One I find interesting is Love, Actually. I know it takes place around  Christmas, but I never thought of it as a “Christmas” movie! My personal favorites are A Christmas Story and The Year Without a Santa Clause (who doesn’t love the Snow Miser and Heat Miser?) I know there are dozens from which to choose, so I apologize for not listing yours!

So, please, share with us, some of your Christmas, HanukkahKwanzaa or other holiday traditions!


One Response to “Elf on the Shelf and other Holiday Traditions”

  1. December 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    Shelf Elves are creepy. Don't make this a family tradition.