What Is The Elf On The Shelf Tradition?
Elf On The Shelf is a Christmas tradition that’s taking off in the UK. In 2004, Carol Aebersold and her daughter Chanda Bell wrote a book about an elf sent by Santa to watch over them at Christmas time. Written in rhyme, the keepsake book also includes an Elf toy.
The original Elf On The Shelf
The basic idea is that Santa sends this elf to your house in the run-up to Christmas. The elf sits on a shelf – or other good vantage point – so he can check on the behaviour of the children of the house. Every night, the elf travels back to the North Pole to give Santa his report. When the kids get up in the morning, he’s returned – but he may have changed position.
The official Elf On The Shelf team has brought out a number of new products and accessories for this Christmas.
Elf Sleeping Bag
Your kids will enjoy putting Elf to bed in his starry Christmas sleeping bag. But will he still be there when they get up the next day?
Letters To Santa
This is an Amazon Choice Product that came out last year. Kids write their Christmas letters on special paper which shrinks when Mum or Dad pops it in the oven. The small notes are attached to your elf with ribbons so they don’t fall off when he flies to the North Pole.
Outfits For Your Christmas Elves
Dress up your Christmas elf on the shelf as a superhero or add a skirt.
Elves At Play Kit
Includes tips, tricks and tools to inspire your elf on the shelf as they play in the run-up to Christmas.
Elf On The Shelf is huge on social media
The hide and seek element of Elf On The Shelf has really taken off on the likes of Instagram at Christmas. See the fabulous Elf On The Shelf feed for the antics of the elves. Sometimes, they are rather naughty themselves. Users compete to post the funniest pictures of exactly what the elves have been up to during the night.
If you’ve got children, chances are you will have threatened to tell Santa when they misbehave. This is a way of outsourcing that responsibility while giving you all a bit of a laugh.
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