TODAYS WOMAN: Reindeer in Here an Elf on the Shelf Alternative

It is that time of the month. No, not that time of the month ladies! It is the time where everyone is sharing Elf on a Shelf pictures.  I never bought into the whole Elf on the Shelf. Some of my family members have and I am cool with that. We are just not a scout- elf family and never will be.  It is just too time consuming. Our busy lifestyle does not permit it.  In fact even “The Irish Fairy Door” was short lived. Plus there are other reasons. I won’t make this an anti-elf post though. With all that said I was looking for an alternative to the Elf ON the Shelf Craze when I stumbled upon Reindeer in Here the first week of November.

About Reindeer in Here

Like me, Dad and children’s book author Adam Reed was looking to start a Christmas tradition with his daughter. From there Reindeer in Here was born. It was out of  Reed’s desire to create a positive alternative to Elf on the Shelf.  Kudos to Adam!

Since its creation Reindeer in Here has won several awards from parenting organizations such as a GOLD Mom’s Choice, Creative Child Magazine’s Best Book of the Year, Toy Insider’s Top Holiday Toy, and the prestigious National Parenting Center Seal of Approval!

Unlike Elf on the Shelf children are encourage to love, cuddle and take their reindeer with them wherever they go.  The little reindeer is a friend of Santa and shares children’s wishes to Santa, unlike Elf on the Shelf who is a scout for Santa, reporting on children’s behavior.

What you may find appealing is that you don’t have to move the reindeer at night like you do with Elf on the Shelf. In fact children are encourage to sleep with their new reindeer friend, and believe me when I say they will want to. Who wouldn’t want to sleep with a cuddly reindeer?

At night when your child takes the reindeer to bed with them, the reindeer ‘write notes’ back to Santa detailing their daily adventures. This way throughout the month of Dec, Santa can learn about the uniqueness of each individual child and help Santa deliver to them on Christmas Eve their true Christmas wishes.

On Christmas Eve, children put their reindeer under the tree so that Santa can take him or her back to the North Pole, where they’ll live until Dec 1st of the following year.

Reindeer In Here Storybook

Included with the reindeer is a storybook written by Adam Reed and illustrated by Izzy Bean that tells the charming tale of how this adorable reindeer’s early arrival came to be. The book shows diversity not just in the pictures of the children, but in the illustrations of the reindeer, too. And If you look closely at the plush reindeer, you’ll notice that one of her (his) antlers is slightly shorter than the other.

I actually forget that the reindeer was arriving, so when he arrived on my doorstep it was a surprise to me as well. Reindeer In Here arrived in a exclusive “Direct from the North Pole” shipping box. I love this idea as Miss P believes that her reindeer came directly from Santa himself!  Perhaps he did? Also in the box is a note from Santa about Reindeer In Here.

Our thoughts

Our package arrived a day late, but Miss P is super excited to have her here with us. She has decided to name her reindeer Cuddles. While she has only been here with us a day Miss P and Cuddles have been inseparable. Overall, I look forward to this holiday tradition unfolding with my daughter for many years to come.

Are you doing Elf on the Shelf or Reindeer in Here?



Although never intending to be an author, Reed has always been a storyteller. When not being a dad, he is President of Los Angeles-based Emmy nominated production company, Thinkfactory Media, one of the most prolific scripted and unscripted production companies in the business. He has created and produced over 500 hours of television — producing such notable series including Gene Simmons Family Jewels (A&E), Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars (WEtv), Mama June: From Not to Hot (WEtv), and Sun Records (CMT). He was the youngest producer ever to be listed in the Hollywood Reporter’s exclusive Reality Power List.

Adam is also an accomplished commercial director, having been shortlisted at the Cannes International Advertising Festival, and having directed the largest campaign ever in the history of the Partnership for a Drug Free America. That campaign was not only credited with curbing ecstasy use in America, but also garnered Adam national and international acclaim. It went on to become one of the most successful commercial campaigns ever created. Adam continues to direct commercials and collaborate with some of the leading advertising agencies in the world.

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