Happy Elf arrived early this year the day before Thanksgiving. Lizzy had found the book about Happy Elf early and we read it a few times before she found Happy Elf. If you would like to read more about our Happy Elf alternative to Elf on the Shelf click here . I've seen Kindness Elves going around and they seem like a really sweet idea if you are looking for an alternative to Elf on the Shelf. Lizzy looks forward to Happy Elf every year so we decided to stick to Happy Elf and not adopt any new traditions this year. I do plan to find something Lizzy and I can do together to teach her kindness and giving to others this holiday season.