They can also be used to keep otherwise naughty children nice. This is the case with the Elf on the Shelf, a bendable doll that helps keep bad behavior under control in young children. The elf is found every morning in a different location, doing something slightly naughty. The elf also reports back to Santa each night. Take a walk through the holiday aisles in a store and you’re sure to find a standing army of elves on the shelves. This tradition has gained momentum through social media outlets, but each family has a different twist on the concept.
Even watching The Christmas Story that plays on Christmas Day for 24 hours straight can be a tradition families enjoy each year. (Thankfully, my family no longer watches it the whole day. Some traditions can definitely become hassles, to say the least.)
The beauty of traditions is that even the simplest thing, such as a pickle, can become part of future family gatherings.