The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition
What is Elf on the Shelf? About a 12 years ago a mother daughter team decided to write a book about a special scout elf sent from the North Pole to help Santa Claus manage his naughty and nice lists. When a family adopts a scout elf and gives it a name, the scout elf receives its Christmas magic. Each night between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve when everyone goes to bed the elf flies back to the North Pole to tell Santa Claus about all of the day’s adventures. Before everyone wakes up each morning, the elf returns to its family and perches in a different place to watch the family. Children love to wake up and race around the house looking for their scout elf each morning.
With the purchase of a book comes either a boy or girl elf. The book tells how the magic might disappear if the scout elf is touched, so the rule for The Elf on the Shelf states, “There’s only one rule that you have to follow, so I will come back and be here tomorrow: Please do not touch me. My magic might go, and Santa won’t hear all I’ve seen or I know.” Although families are told not to touch their scout elf, they can speak to it and tell it all their Christmas wishes so that it can report back to Santa accurately.
The story ends on Christmas Day with the elf leaving to stay with Santa for the rest of the year until the following Christmas season.
So in a nutshell, it is a great way to make parents crazy about remembering to move their elf each night! If you are an ‘A’ type personality like I am, Bubbles and Coco our two elves feel the need to have more elaborate entrances each morning. This is our 3rd year. It’s all about the props, collecting them throughout the year! I do admit the closer to Christmas, you might be apt to see them shoved in the tree, in a stocking or sitting on a shelf. It’s a lot of extra work, but it’s so fun to see the kids faces each morning pulling me along to look at what Bubbles and Coco are doing!
Here’s a look at some of our favorites from over the years, enjoy!