On Dec. 1st we start the holiday with a tradition. We open our Christmas jammies, eat a yummy treat, read the Elf on the Shelf story because he, Jack Sherman, comes the next morning. He doesn't do anything fancy. Just shows up in a new spot every morning and the kids find him every morning. He might start giving the kids acts of service to do everyday like complimenting someone or holding a door open for someone, etc.
the kids secretly wishing they were walking in the parade
Santa on the back of the fire truck.