Giveaway: Elf on the Shelf

Do you want a little Christmas magic for the holiday season? Make the Elf on the Shelf a part of your own Christmas traditions year after year. Family Sponge is giving away an Elf on the Shelf set to one awesome family! Each Elf on the Shelf box comes with its very own scout elf (available in both light and dark skin), a hardbound children’s picture book and a keepsake box for easy storage (we are also including the DVD).

The Elf on the Shelf is becoming a family tradition in households everywhere as a Christmas hide-and-seek buddy! Your child gets to name and befriend an elf who keeps an eye on your child and reports back nightly to the North Pole letting Santa know how your child is doing. And in the morning, the elf reappears in a new location to keep an eye on your child wherever your child may be sleeping for the night.

There are many ways to include an Elf into your holiday traditions, some families like to make the elf show up in some compromising situations, or encourage family to do fun activities together, or just be a part of a daily game of hide-and-seek. If you are looking for more fun Elf on the Shelf ideas, check out this sweet way to bring Christmas magic into the house by Amy of Living Lacurto.

This HAD to be magic from the North Pole, because there is no way Mommy could make such beautiful gingerbread cookies!

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Why we love Elf on the Shelf…

We love that the Elf on the Shelf provides a little nudge for children to make better choices during the holiday season. Our daughter’s elf, Cherry, visits our home ever year the day after Thanksgiving. Temper tantrums for the time Cherry is around seem to cease with the little elf keeping an eye on her.

I love that our elf Cherry keeps things light and festive in our home. Instead of nagging my husband about taking the trash out, I send him a text to remind him to move our elf in a new location after our daughter is asleep. This is a delightful family activity and tradition for both parent and child.

You can win your very own Elf on the Shelf in this 10 days of awesome giveaways. If you’re ready for a little Christmas magic to start right now, you can purchase on Amazon.

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Enter the giveaway now!

Family Sponge is giving away a Elf on the Shelf to one lucky reader. Here is what you have to do to qualify for this awesome giveaway:


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SUBMIT: After you complete these two steps, please comment below this post and tell us what your favorite holiday tradition is. This is how you will be entered in the giveaway. This is how you will be entered in the giveaway.

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48 Responses to Giveaway: Elf on the Shelf

  1. Joy Beyond Fifty December 3, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    I was good, and did all three steps…

    My most favorite holiday tradition is decorating the holiday tree. Each ornament holds its own special memory. Some from my childhood, some shared with my hubby, some from our children, and each year at least one new memory ornament is added.

    Happy Holidays Family Sponge!!!

  2. Brandy Quinlisk December 3, 2012 at 9:51 am #

    All 3 steps completed. My most favorite holiday tradition is making homemade candies, decorating our tree and home, making snowflakes, strinhing popcorn, bisiting Santas Farm and seeing all the festive lights, Attending the Christmas patade, an more. Would love to start a new tradition with my boys!

  3. Jenn Broughton December 3, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    Completed all three steps 🙂 My favorite holiday tradition is reading the Christmas story by the Christmas tree before we go to bed on Christmas Eve.

    Merry Christmas 🙂

  4. marygrace monteleone December 3, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    Shared. I love Elf on the Shelf. Our family tradition is making a ton of tamales before christmas and not eating them until Christmas Eve family get together. you have to make one to get some.

  5. Pamela S December 3, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    Making a giant gingerbread man cookie! My son is only five, so we’re still working on traditions, but this one, and making Christmas cookies, are keepers.

  6. Elizabeth Holsted December 3, 2012 at 10:57 am #

    I followed the 3 steps for the giveaway! My favorite Christmas tradition is gathering all my family together for decorating Christmas cookies and reading the story of Jesus’ birth on Christmas Eve. Its so nice to take time and remember what the real reason for the holiday is!

  7. Rachelle December 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    All three steps completed. I LOVE baking and decorating Christmas cookies with my kids! It gets messy, gooey and sugary but its something that makes them so happy. And me too. 🙂

  8. Arianna December 3, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    As a child my favorite traditions are different than the ones I look forward to as a mother.

    Now, I enjoy the traditions of;
    1. Donating a gift to a local children’s charity. (the last two years, since we’ve been in Korea, we’ve shopped for gifts for local orphanages. my son talked about the orphans all year- we definitely did it again.)

    2. Santa’s video through:

    3. Leaving Santa a Thank You note with a snack for him and treats for his reindeer.

  9. Kaley December 3, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    All three completed! My favorite traditions include making handmade Christmas cards, hosting a Christmas dinner party, dancing to Christmas music with my kids, and gazing at the Christmas tree with a cup of tea after the kids are asleep and the house is peaceful.

  10. Maria Malaveci December 4, 2012 at 3:55 am #

    All three done! 🙂

    My favorite holiday tradition is is baking Greek Christmas cookies with my mom. Now my son & daughter also join along in the fun. There is a cute little song that goes along with it, and I know it won’t translate well, but it is “Koulourakia, Koulourakia, me ta dio mas ta herakia” Koulourakia is the name of the cookie, so it means Koulourakia, Koulourakia with our two little hands, because these are a cookie that you need to twist….

    Thanks for the giveaway! Would love an Elf on the Shelf for my kids


  11. Jackie December 4, 2012 at 7:33 am #

    Done, done, done.

  12. leta December 4, 2012 at 7:35 am #

    Favorite Christmas tradition leaving milk and cookie for Santa.

  13. Brea LaRue December 4, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    I did all 3!!!

    My family has lots of holiday traditions, but my favorite is our annual party at my grandparents’ house. My grandma hosts a family get-together the weekend before Christmas.I get to get caught up with relatives that I hadn’t seen all year. We have the best time with our gift-exchange game. You would be surprised the lengths people have gone to, in order to conceal what thier gift is, during the gift selecting part of our game. It is just an all around fun time. I love being with my family!!

  14. Elisabeth December 4, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    I did all 3 steps. My favorite holiday tradition is opening one gift on Christmas Eve!

  15. Brea December 4, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    I was good and did all three 🙂 I love baking during the holidays. And this is the first year that our son can help me!! I am so excited! Sugar overdose, here we come!! 🙂

  16. Theresa December 4, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    I did all three. My favorite holiday tradition is opening presents on Christmas Eve.

  17. natalia December 4, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    I didi it!! Thanks!!

  18. Tabatha December 4, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

    Done all 3!! Thank you!!

    Our tradition would be every year we put the tree up at Thanksgiving and go buy one new ornament every year.

  19. Stephanie O'Day December 4, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    I completed all three steps. One of my favorite Christmas traditions is putting name ornaments on my grandmother’s tree. Every time a new family member is born, we create an ornament with that person’s name. One by one, we put our name ornaments on the tree. It is so much fun to see how much our family has grown and to remember those who have passed, we take turns letting people put their christmas ornaments on the tree.

  20. cindi December 5, 2012 at 6:37 am #

    We have a birthday party for jesus,with birthday cake and gifts every yr,to tell our children that Christmas IS fun,but never forget the reason for the season.

  21. Stephanie December 5, 2012 at 7:04 am #

    Now that I am a mother to a toddler, we have started our own traditions this year. One of them being, attending the local Christmas parade. The parade has been on going for over 60 years! Traditions like these are much more meaningful (I think) when you have children involved! The Christmas spirit is in full effect.

  22. Sarah hunt December 5, 2012 at 7:06 am #

    The Advent wreath is our favorite tradition to help us remember the reason for the season all month!

  23. Nicole H. December 5, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    My favorite tradition is one that I have started this year with my 4 year old. We have been doing an activity/act of kindness Advent Calendar. It has been so much fun, and I anticipate we will continue this tradition for years! 🙂

  24. Margie December 5, 2012 at 8:34 am #

    Done 🙂 We always open one gift on Christmas Eve.

  25. Sandy December 5, 2012 at 8:34 am #

    I have always loved picking out the Christmas tree (just from Home Depot, wish it was a from a tree farm) and decorating the tree. This year decorating the tree with my toddler wasn’t as fun as I had hoped. However, we enjoyed decorating a mini-tree together and are starting the tradition of using an Advent calendar.

    • Sandy December 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

      How could I forget my love for watching Christmas movies (White Christmas, Home Alone 1& 2, Charlie Brown Christmas, The Grinch Stole Christmas- actually like movie version with Jim Carrey), Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer to name a few). My toddler loves Christmas movies and watches them year round. His favorites are the Sesame Street and Elmo Christmas movies and cartoon movies The Nuttiest Nutcracker, Cat in the Hat Knows A lot about Christmas, and Return of Frosty the Snowman.

  26. Giovanna Vargas December 6, 2012 at 8:00 am #

    Hi I did all 3!! My favorite Holiday tradition is putting up the christmas tree 🙂

  27. Tracie Brown December 6, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    I did all 3 🙂 My favorite holiday tradition is making pumpkin praline date bread every year for Christmas!

  28. rhonda December 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    My favourite holiday tradition is making cake balls, fudge and other holiday treats!

  29. nikki hatfield wilson December 6, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

    I completed all three and my favorite holiday tradition is breakfast at Granma’s on Christmas morning.

  30. Amy Kalb December 6, 2012 at 10:57 pm #

    Decorating our Christmas tree while listening to the soundtrack from A Charlie Brown Christmas.

  31. Christina O'Brien December 7, 2012 at 3:52 am #

    I completed all 3 steps. My favorite holiday tradition making ornaments, I LOVE creating masterpieces for Christmas gifts!

  32. Kim Pollock December 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

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    Kimberly summer Pollock

  33. Kim Pollock December 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    I have heard of this and love the webpage. I know my kids would love this. I like u and shared too!

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  34. tammy g December 7, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    Decorating the tree and going to see the lights in the evening

  35. Alice H December 7, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    The find the pickle for a prize. Would love to start the Elf tradition!

  36. Melissa P. December 8, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    My favorite tradition is making my dad’s Peanut Butter Fudge for the family to remind all that he is still with us. And also to drive around town to look at the lights on Christmas Eve.

  37. Mary Spears December 8, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    My favorite holiday tradition is spending time with the family mainly my daughter and grandchildren. Most of my family has passed on so I only have them. I have a heart condition and need a transplant so we try and spend as much time together as we can. The night before Christmas … Christmas Eve we make home made cookies for Santa & sometimes a couple special handmade gifts for him and his Elf’s. We think they deserve a little something for bringing us all these special gifts. We stay up late as we can and drink hot coco and watch Christmas movies. We usually fall asleep. When we wake up the next morning it’s toys under the tree and the stockings are filled. The bigger gifts are outside the front door but Santa or his Elf’s leave a note and directions where to find it. We always discover the renderer food is gone also as we walk to find gifts outside. Sometimes it’s all in the house like this year. I know we all asked for small items as for we have fallen on some hard times. We will make it though 🙂 we are blessed to still be able to spend the holidays together and that’s memories that will last a life time.

  38. Raina Smith December 8, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

    We love to watch Christmas movies from December 1 on till Christmas. We make all kind of goodies the month of December. My favorite is fudge!!! The kids like to make gingerbread houses that gets messy and totally fun for them. I love to see their faces light up. We make out own hot coco. We have a very special tradition where we go chop down a real Christmas tree. That takes some hard work but we are always so grateful and blessed once we have it all finished and put in the house. The smell is amazing!!!! We put all the gifts under the tree and open one on Christmas Eve. The rest are for Christmas morning after Santa visits he always brings the best ones not just clothes 😉 lol.

  39. caryn s December 8, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    My favourite tradition is to put up the tree with the munchkins. I also let the kids pick out one new ornament each year too!

  40. Lucille S. December 8, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    My favorite is listening to Christmas music and putting up our fresh Christmas tree and letting the kiddo’s decorate which is usually the bottom half considering they are shorter than the tree lol. I do the too part and we flip a coin to see who gets to add the star at the top.

  41. LC December 8, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    My favorite tradition is angel tree! Most people don’t see this as a tradition however in my family we do. We always adopt either a family or a few angels each year. It’s part of paying it forward and helping out a complete stranger to make their Christmas a bit brighter. It’s always special to us. They ask us not to buy the most expensive items but rather something nice. We always add in a book or two depending on the age of the child. Some warm clothes and a wish item from their list. I have noticed as the years have went by its more and more being added to these list. I’m blessed to help out and have this as our tradition as a family.

  42. bridget December 9, 2012 at 5:34 am #

    i’ve done all three. my favorite holiday tradition is shopping for gifts for others!

  43. Sue December 9, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    I’ve done all the above. My favorite tradition is going around with family and friends singing Christmas carols. It’s always a fun time and more people join us along the way. Hoping this year we get to carol with The Band Perry. They don’t live too far away from us what a joy and memory that would be.

  44. Lucy December 9, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    I’ve followed all directions above!

    Our favorite holiday tradition is dirty Santa. It’s always fun and a lot of giggles and laughs.

    Hope everyone has a merry Christmas!!

  45. Stephanie O'Day December 9, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

    My favorite holiday tradition is when my entire family gets together to put our christmas ornaments on the tree. Every time someone is born, we create an ornament and design it with that person’s name on it. Every year, each person grabs their “name ball” and puts it on the tree! If someone isn’t there or they have passed away, someone else will still put their ball on the tree. It’s so special to me.

  46. Jannelle Osborne December 10, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    Three words: Homemade cinnamon rolls!!!

  47. Martha J. December 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    Our traditions are making homemade Christmas gifts for each person in the family. We don’t spend over $20 on crafting material. Most gift turn out really good. Using Pinterest has helped us this year. I love making Christmas balls for the trees to trade out also through a gift exchange.