Does your family have an “Elf on the Shelf”?
This story was written by a mother and daughter, Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell. You purchase the book and elf in a set. Once the elf is named by its family (you), it receives its Christmas Magic. Every day from Thanksgiving (American) until Christmas your families “scout elf” watches over the family seeing who is being naughty and nice and then at night flies back to the North Pole with a first hand report for Santa. The elf flies back before morning dawns and hides in a different place each day. The children have fun looking to see where the elf has hidden that morning. They are, however, not allowed to touch the elf. They can talk to him/her and give suggestions for Santa, but must not touch the elf or he/she may loose their magic. On Christmas Eve the elf listens for Santa’s bell that calls all the elves back to the North Pole until next Christmas.
There is a great website HERE where your family can register your elf’s name, read more about this tradition, and watch the training video to see how the new elves prepare for this job!
There are all kinds of ideas on pinterest, from very creative parents, showing where their elf has been found in the morning when the children got up!! Here are a few of my favorites!
if their nose was being painted?
His name is Sebastian. ;0) Here are some of the ways that my niece has found Sebastian in the morning.
– swinging from the chandelier
– bowling with soup cans and a clementine on the floor of the pantry
-sitting by the nativity scene, with it all rearranged and him holding the baby Jesus
-toilet papered the whole living room, and he was all wound up in the toilet paper
-doing some baking…he was on the kitchen counter with baking supplies and flour all over himself
-on Christmas morning she found him at the computer…sitting on a stack of books so he could reach…and he had typed a letter to her!
Toni @ Design Dazzle has listed no less than 100 ideas of places your children could find their elf in the morning!!! WOW!!!
What a fun Christmas tradition!
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