Thursday, December 04, 2008

Meet Ollie

Ollie
December 1, 2008



On December 1, 2008, our family started a new Christmas tradition. We welcomed Ollie, the Elf on the Shelf into our home. The kids found Ollie sitting on top of our mantle over the fireplace. Nobody knew how he got there! (Wink, wink!) Abby Kate and Joshua were so excited about our new little friend. Jackson sat down with the older two to read all about Our Elf on the Shelf. It turns out that Ollie has been sent to our house by Santa himself! We learned about Ollie's Christmas magic that helps him fly to the North Pole each night to give Santa a report on the Bybee children. Part of the Elf on a Shelf tradition is naming your elf; it took us a little while to name the little guy, but we finally settled on the name "Ollie". I think that it suits him just fine. He sure is a cute little elf! After he reports to Santa each night, Ollie uses his Christmas magic to fly back to our house. Each morning, he finds a new place to "perch" in our house. The kids have enjoyed waking each morning and finding Ollie in his new spot. We are not allowed to touch Ollie or he might lose some of his Christmas magic! On many occasions, I have found Joshua talking to the little guy. I think he's trying to get Ollie to put in a good word for him to Santa! We hope that Ollie finds his way back to our house each and every night.

A special thank you to Laura Beth for blogging about The Elf on the Shelf. This is a wonderful tradition that we have started.

8 comments:

chesley said...

Y'all are making me want one of these things! We may have to go hunting for one today!

Jason said...

His name cracks me up. How did we come up with "Ollie"?

The Honea Bees said...

We started that this year too...Ours is named "Red" for obvious reasons and I was going to blog about him too! haha
Ours is a little different from the book because he sometimes does little mischevious things like leaves toys out or makes messes or eats snacks and leaves crumbs everywhere. Just more added fun. He is a good hider and I find myself hiding him before I go to bed so I don't forget! ha

Sunny said...

Jason - I wonder....

Alisha said...

That sounds like so much fun! I think that we may start that next year. I like the name Ollie. It's cute and the kids will always love it because they came up with it. : )

Stacy said...

That is a neat idea! I've never heard of it! Wouldn't it be funny when all our kids grow a little older and in their casual conversation one said something about his or her elf? Then everyone else would say, "Hey, I have an elf at my house too!" Then they would all even believe it more because there's one that comes to every house!!! :)

Laura Beth said...

Yeah! Glad you found it! Hope you guys are having as much fun as we are! :)

laura said...

Sunny, I love this. I wish I had had this when ours were little. What fun! May still does the count down Calander. She loves Christmas. Glad things are going good for Joshua. What a brave little guy.