September 22, 2006, Newsletter Issue #71: Child Elf Costumes

Tip of the Week

Kids love Christmas elves. After all, elves have the best job in the world--making toys and helping Santa. If you're Hermey from "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," you get to be a dentist too! (Imagine--Santa gives his helpers free dental care.)

An elf costume for a child is, other than a baby Santa costume, just about the cutest outfit you can find, either at Christmas or Halloween, plus it can double as a Peter Pan costume. But will your children's Christmas costumes be safe? If your kid dresses as Nestor the Long-Eared Donkey (Shrek Donkey garb works perfectly), will she trip over the ears? Will those elf shoes be too tight? Sometimes we adults worry too much and forget to enjoy the wonder of Christmas and seeing our little girl pirouette about in a green elf costume with those cute shoes.

You do need to make sure that the elf costume is loose enough for movement and unobstructed breathing. Be sure that the elf hat can be secured by a hatpin or chin strap if your little girl cavorts about in a Christmas play or during a Halloween or Christmas party.

Also, be sure that the costume doesn't have a lot of bells or accessories that can get caught or get in your little elf's way.

Your little girl loves being an elf, so give yourself peace of mind and you can enjoy the magic with her.

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