Our oldest daughter is three and a half, which is a fun age because she’s really aware of all that’s happening at Christmas for the first time.  She’s singing Christmas carols and getting ready for a concert at her preschool, and she must have watched A Muppet Family Christmas a dozen times already.

We’re also trying to start some holiday traditions that she can look forward to every year.  One of those traditions is The Elf on the Shelf.

My wife discovered this creepy cute little thing on Pinterest and apparently it`s already a huge hit – with over 2.5 million sold across Canada.  It`s been touted as the best thing since The Night before Christmas.

Every night we hide the elf in various places throughout the house and first thing in the morning our daughter goes off to find it.  We`ve had the elf doing snow angels in a pan of flour, riding a decorative reindeer, and having a tea party with her stuffed animals.  It`s been fun to share pictures and ideas with our friends who also have The Elf on the Shelf.

It comes with a book that explains the story behind the elf, and we even saw a TV special on the other night.  If you have young kids at home, I definitely recommend getting this product.

What are some of your Christmas traditions?

Weekend Reading

Here are some more great personal finance articles for you to enjoy this weekend:

  1. Young and Thrifty lists 7 well paying jobs that don’t require a degree
  2. Michael James explains your odds of winning the lottery over the long run
  3. Canadian Couch Potato looks at a market forecaster’s report card for 2012
  4. My University Money asks if you should go to grad school if you can’t find a job
  5. She Thinks I’m Cheap explains the different pension options available today
  6. Timeless Finance looks at the rise of Canadian Dollar Stores
  7. Million Dollar Journey updates us on his RESP portfolio
  8. Big Cajun Man shares a script for getting customer retention deals
  9. Financial Uproar explains why buying a home in Vancouver is a bad idea
  10. Retire Happy Blog asks is investing emotional or logical?
  11. Rewards Cards Canada looks at the best ways to redeem Aeroplan points
  12. The Blunt Bean Counter looks at the growing trend of newspaper paywalls
  13. Money Mamba explains what analysts upgrades and downgrades mean
  14. Excess Return explains why you should prepare for an equity sell off in 2013
  15. Moneyville looks at cheap ways to turn your TV into a smart one

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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