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My favorite season of them all must be Winter! The cold weather snuggles under the blanket, hot cocoa in the dark early evenings but most importantly… CHRISTMAS!
Christmas is a time when we are usually rushed off our feet with endless preparations. From decorations to gifts from the big guy in red, we can honestly say that as parents our job of keeping this magic alive is of the utmost importance.
It is usually around this time where we may have a visitor from Santa’s workshop, a little character who can be mischievous, adorable, and sweet all in one night – Welcome to Elf On The Shelf.
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What Is Elf On The Shelf?
Now many homes have welcomed their own elf over the holiday period as it seems it is becoming a popular tradition. Sometimes the elf is naughty and other times the elf can be good. It truly depends on how creative you want to be!
Nowadays there are many variations, you can get different genders, skin tones, clothes, and accessories for your elves.
The important aspect we parents have to remember is to ensure they play a trick or do something sweet for our little ones every night in the run-up to Christmas.
Now I know what you are thinking. I have all this responsibility during the holidays why am I adding to the chaos?
The simple answer to this question would be to keep the magic alive! It is guaranteed that your little one’s face will light up with excitement when they look to see what their elf has got up to during the evening.
Let Me Introduce Our Elves
To take some of the hard work out of it for you guys, we have compiled an extensive list of names for you to choose from. You could also check out our baby names to increase holiday cheer for further ideas.
Naming Your Elf
Now picking a name for your Elf may seem easy, but after all, you are going to be hearing their name said a lot over the next month so you must make sure that it is a name your little ones can pronounce and remember.
You may want their name to reflect their personality or be named after a character in your favorite Christmas film. Either way, it doesn’t hurt to put some thought into it!
Female Names For Your Elf On The Shelf
- Candy cane
- Cindy Lou (Grinch who stole Christmas)
- Elsa (Frozen)
- Anna (Frozen)
- Angela ( Angela’s Christmas)
- Glitter bug
- Martha May ( Grinch who stole Christmas)
- Nut Meg
Male Names For Your Elf On The Shelf
- Buddy (Elf)
- Maxx (Grinch who stole Christmas)
- Frosty (The Snowman)
- Bolt (Bolt)
- Snicker Doodle
- Gimbel (Elf)
- Jack (Jack Frost)
- Kevin (Home Alone)
- Wreck-it R’elf (Wreck it Ralph)
- Arthur (Arthur Christmas)
- Kermit (Muppets)
- Buzz (Toy Story)
- Woody (Toy Story)
- Scrooge (Christmas Carole)
- Ebenezer (Christmas Carole)
- Charlie (Santa Clause)
If you fancy a gender-neutral name then why don’t you think about something that is close to you and your family?
- Name of a pet.
- Favorite color.
- Name of the street where you live.
- Incorporate your surname.
- Favorite animal.
The lists are really endless but providing you and your little one are happy with the name choice then you can let the magic begin.
How Do We Choose?
Now there are over 100 name choices in this article, and I agree sometimes siblings will squabble over the best name that they think is perfect.
To make this an easier task you could choose a name yourself and leave them in a visible area on December 1st. Or you could try another way of making the name choosing fair yet fun.
- Pick a name out of a hat – Shortlist the ones you all like and leave it up to chance.
- Torn between two? – Toss a coin. The winning name will either be heads or tails.
- Leave it up to the elf – The elf could choose a name during the night, two birds one stone there as that’s the first night’s antics complete as well.
The Final Thought
It is important that you enjoy the holidays. It is a stressful time juggling more tasks and ideas. But the main focus of The Elf On the Shelf is to include your kids in the build-up to the holiday and just like the tooth fairy and Easter bunny it enhances the magic of the season.
You could even use it to help with behavior because we all know that the elf can report back to Santa, right?!